Al Qaeda and Other Terror Groups in Iraq – Pre-War / Post-War
(I’ve long been fascinated by claims Saddam’s regime had no connections to terrorism and/or terrorists.His Intelligence Service kept very detailed records of these connections !)Post-War declaration by former Premier Allawi:
Baghdad, 23 May (AKI) - The number two of the al-Qaeda network, Ayman al-Zawahiri, visited Iraq under a false name in September 1999 to take part in the ninth Popular Islamic Congress, former Iraqi premier Iyad Allawi has revealed to pan-Arab daily al-Hayat.
In an interview, Allawi made public information discovered by the Iraqi secret service in the archives of the Saddam Hussein regime, which sheds light on the relationship between Saddam Hussein and the Islamic terrorist network.
He also said that both al-Zawahiri and Jordanian militant al-Zarqawi probably entered Iraq in the same period. (Al-Zarqawi was killed yesterday,06/07/06 by a US airstrike on an Iraqi safehouse.)
"Al-Zawahiri was summoned by Izza Ibrahim Al-Douri – then deputy head of the council of the leadership of the revolution - to take part in the congress, along with some 150 other Islamic figures from 50 Muslim countries," Allawi said.
According to Allawi, important information has been gathered regarding the presence of another key terrorist figure operating in Iraq - the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
"The Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi entered Iraq secretly in the same period," Allawi affirmed, "and began to form a terrorist cell, even though the Iraqi services do not have precise information on his entry into the country," he said.
Allawi's remarks come after statements to al-Hayat by King Abdallah II of Jordan over Saddam's refusal to hand over al-Zarqawi to the authorities in Amman.
On this question Allawi said: ''The words of the Jordanian King are correct and important. We have proof of al-Zawahiri's visit to Iraq, but we do not have the precise date or information on al-Zarqawi's entry, though it is likely that he arrived around the same time."
In Allawi's view, Saddam's government "sponsored" the birth of al-Qaeda in Iraq, coordinating with other terrorist groups, both Arab and Muslim. "The Iraqi secret services had links to these groups through a person called Faruq Hajizi, later named Iraq's ambassador to Turkey and arrested after the fall of Saddam's regime as he tried to re-enter Iraq.
Iraqi secret agents helped terrorists enter the country and directed them to the Ansar al-Islam camps in the Halbija area," he said.
The former prime minister claims that Saddam's regime sought to involve even Palestinian Abu Nidal - head of a group once considered the world's most dangerous terrorist organisation - in its terrorist circuit. Abu Nidal's organisation was responsible for terrorist attacks in some 20 countries, killing more than 300 people and wounding hundreds more.
He added that Abu Nidal's refusal to cooperate with Islamist groups was the reason for his death in Iraq, in the summer of 2002.
23-May-05 12:08Iraqi Training of Terrorists – Year 2000- Source IIS Documents
Beginning of the translation of page 2 of document CMPC-2003-005935
In the Name of God the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
The Presidency of the Republic
The Intelligence Apparatus
Mr: The Respected Director
Subject: Projects of a Plan
Below are projects of the plan for the year 2000 and according to the budget suggested for it in the spending budget of the year 2000 and as follow:
1. Prepare an armored brief case to protect the VIPs 180 days.
2. Study on the Epoxy used currently in preparing the IEDs and the possibility of finding another type that will not affect the explosive.
3. Studies and researches of the materials that increase the intensity of the explosive.
4. Prepare theoretical and applied lessons on the popular explosives 120 days.
5. Training of the Arab Feedayeens- within the plan of the year 2000.
Establish tournaments specialized in the explosives 30 days
Please review and your command with regards
Khaled Ibrahim Ismail
End of page translation.
More on Training of Terrorists by Iraq –Source IIS Documents
In the Name of God the most Merciful and the most Compassionate
Recommendation on how to use the Arab Feedaeyeen (Suicide Martyrs)
1. Supervision for training and usage
Formation of a devoted commission headed by Lieutenant General Hamza Alwan Zaher from the Directory of Military Engineering and the membership of Staff General Azawi Saleh Hassan from the Directory of Planning and the and Colonel Dr. Abdel Rahim Abdel Saheb Ali from the Directory of Political Orientation and that the commission will be related to Mr. assistant of Chairman of Army Training Staff.
2. Training Course
The commission will prepare a very intensive training course for a period of week where it will be focused to raise the physical fitness and train on how use the automatic rifle Kalashnikoff and hand grenades and the largest section of the course will be specialized to focus of using the explosive material in the body, in motorcycle, in cars, and in camels.
They must be dedicated from the Special Forces Command, from the Directory of Military Engineering and from the First Military School those that appear in them competence and capability.
4. Duty Requirements
All the explosives and attachments will be provided by the Directory of Military Engineering.
B . Cars
All the cars and motorcycles that will be used in fulfilling the duties will be provided by the Department of Armament and Equipping.
Will be provided by the Directory of General Military Intelligence.
D. Light Weapons
The Kalashnikoff rifles and the hand grenades will be provided by the Department of Armament and Equipping.
The Directory of General Military Intelligence will take the responsibility to provide the dictations and supervise the execution of duties and that this will occur after that the end of extensive training period.
6. General issues
A. The representative of the Directory of Political Orientation and the Religious Scholars from among the volunteers to give religious sermons that emphasize Jihad for the Arab volunteers outside the hours dedicated for training.
B. Bedouin clothing and other equipment (tents) to be provided by the directorate of general military intelligence. Those who believe the Iraqi regime was “totally secular” may be a bit surprised to see the “ In the Name of God” heading on Iraqi Intelligence Service documents – and instructions that call for selection of “Religious Scholars” to give sermons that emphasize Jihad to the Arab volunteers