Maybe a story like this?
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.
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.”
(Hat tip: Austin)
Maybe instead of trying to find someone to corroborate fake memos or praising “unnamed” sources that make up stories of Koran abuse, journalists would be well served to track down Faruq Hajizi.
In Allawi’s view, Saddam’s government “sponsored” the birth of al-Qaeda in Iraq, oordinating 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.
From the Washington Times:
[Allawi] added the Islamic conference was just a “cover for holding secret parallel meetings involving Islamists who have terrorist cells around the world.”
If this proves to be true, it’s gonna be huge.
Safire had other evidence of a link last year. A U.S. Federal Court found sufficient evidence of a link. ABCnews reported in 1998 on the link. Richard Clarke said the U.S. was “sure” of a link in 1998. And what about the memo?
Another day, another link. Will MSM ever follow up on this stuff? Now that’s a 60 Minutes story I’d be interested in.