Thursday, May 27, 2004

The Iraq/Al-Queda Plot Thickens

Recently uncovered documents from Iraq include rosters from the elite Fedayeen Saddam military unit. A name that appears on three different lists with the rank of lieutenant Colonel is Ahmed Hikmat Shakir. The positive identification of Ahmed Hikmat Shakir would not only establish a direct link between Iraq and Al-Queda, it would establish a direct link between Iraq and the Al-Queda operatives who planned September 11. Ahmed Hikmat Shakir attended the meeting in Kuala Lampur where many high ranking Al-Queda operatives met to discuss the September 11 attack, including the two men at the controls of the flight that slammed into the pentagon, and the individual responsible for masterminding the U.S.S. Cole bombing. Ahmed Hikmat Shakir turned up in Qatar a few days after September 11, where he was arrested by the authorities. A search of his person and his apartment found the phone numbers to the safe houses used by the terrorists involved in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, as well as information on an earlier Al-Queda plan to blow up a dozen airliners over the ocean.

Positive identification of this man is still pending, however if he is who the United States believes he is, it id the first direct evidence of a link between Al-Queda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

Read the entire article here.