Saddam Still Didn't Have Ties to al Qaeda

You know, I wish we didn't keep having to revisit this, because no matter how many times you ask the question, "Did Iraq support al Qaeda?", the answer will be "No":

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.

The new study of the Iraqi regime's archives found no documents indicating a "direct operational link" between Hussein's Iraq and al Qaida before the invasion, according to a U.S. official familiar with the report.

This is not particularly shocking, of course, save for the fact that we went to war -- and are still at war five years later -- over Iraq's imminent plans to hand over nuclear weapons to al Qaeda. Given that Iraq had no nuclear weapons and wasn't connected to al Qaeda, I'd say that was probably not the best decision.


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