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June 30, 2004
Allawi: Saddam "Natural Partner" of Al-Qaeda, Terrorism

New Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi told a skeptical Tom Brokaw in an interview yesterday that Saddam Hussein maintained connections to al-Qaeda that began in the Sudan, and more broadly, that Saddam's reign provided a "natural partner" to terrorism:

Brokaw: I know that you and others like you are grateful for the liberation of Iraq. But cant you understand why many Americans feel that so many young men and women have died here for purposes other than protecting the United States?

Allawi: We know that this is an extension to what has happened in New York. And the war have been taken out to Iraq by the same terrorists. Saddam was a potential friend and partner and natural ally of terrorism.

Brokaw: Prime minister, Im surprised that you would make the connection between 9/11 and the war in Iraq. The 9/11 commission in America says there is no evidence of a collaborative relationship between Saddam Hussein and those terrorists of al-Qaida.

Allawi: No. I believe very strongly that Saddam had relations with al-Qaida. And these relations started in Sudan. We know Saddam had relationships with a lot of terrorists and international terrorism. Now, whether he is directly connected to the September atrocities or not, I cant vouch for this. But definitely I know he has connections with extremism and terrorists.

Allawi at least demonstrates much more intelligence than the empty suit Brokaw has become, parroting this liberal-media urban legend. The 9/11 Commission never said any such thing, as both commission co-chairs vigorously protested after the release of their staff report. It stated that the commission could find no evidence of Iraqi collaboration in the 9/11 attacks, not that there was no evidence of collaboration between Iraq and al-Qaeda. In fact, plenty of evidence has already been made public of such cooperation, as I blogged not long ago.

Iraqis are fortunate to have an intelligent and independent man such as Allawi at the head of their interim government. Too bad we can't say the same thing for NBC News.

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