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    Default Follow Up On Iraqi Perspectives Report To be Released

    More grist for the ongoing political mill.

    Exhaustive review finds no link between Saddam and al Qaida

    WASHINGTON An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden's al Qaida terrorist network.

    The Pentagon-sponsored study, scheduled for release later this week, did confirm that Saddam's regime provided some support to other terrorist groups, particularly in the Middle East, U.S. officials told McClatchy. However, his security services were directed primarily against Iraqi exiles, Shiite Muslims, Kurds and others he considered enemies of his regime.

    ...An earlier study based on the captured Iraqi documents, released by the Joint Forces Command in March 2006, found that a militia Saddam formed after the 1991 Persian Gulf war, the Fedayeen Saddam, planned assassinations and bombings against his enemies. Those included Iraqi exiles and opponents in Iraq's Kurdish and Shiite communities.

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    Now this is a really great IO move....right

    Miami Herald
    March 13, 2008

    Pentagon Stifles Release Of Sensitive Report

    The Pentagon changed plans for the release of a report that found no link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.

    By Warren P. Strobel

    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Wednesday canceled plans for broad public release of a study that found no pre-Iraq War link between late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the al Qaeda terrorist network.

    Rather than posting the report online and making officials available to discuss it, as had been planned, the U.S. Joint Forces Command said it would mail copies of the document to reporters -- if they asked for it. The report won't be posted on the Internet.

    The reversal highlighted the politically sensitive nature of its conclusions, which were first reported Monday by McClatchy.

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    Our own worst enemy....

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    Simply brilliant! Of course, I would never suggest that anyone in the Pentagon would be sympathetic to Al Qaeda, but the evidence does speak...
    Sic Bisquitus Disintegrat...
    Marc W.D. Tyrrell, Ph.D.
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