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US feared Sudan-al-Qaeda terror link

President Bill Clinton believed Iraq might have provided chemical weapons to Sudan in the late 1990s under a co-operative arrangement between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, the investigation into the September 11 attacks revealed yesterday. While the commission stood by its previous staff judgment – that there was no evidence of “a collaborative, operational relationship” between Iraq and al-Qaeda – it revealed new evidence that the Clinton and Bush administrations both worried about the potential links. Mr Clinton ordered an air strike in August 1998 against the al-Shifa chemical plant in Sudan after officials in the office of Richard Clarke, then White House director of counter-terrorism, concluded that Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, had access to deadly VX nerve gas allegedly being produced at the plant. Full Story

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