Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pentagon study: No Saddam-Osama link

It seems that when all those DFHs accused the Bush administration of lying us into war, they were right.
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.
In other not-at-all-surprising news, after originally planning to post the report online, the Pentagon has decided not to post it online, and not to e-mail to reporters. The Pentagon is only releasing it by snail mail to those who request it. A press release announcing the report has been canceled.

You sure it was press reports that made the report's findings "politically sensitive," not this (scroll down) and this and this and this?

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