Saddam's Terror Training Camps
I'll assume that this story
won't get linked over at the HuffPo.THE FORMER IRAQI REGIME OF Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.
The secret training took place primarily at three camps--in Samarra, Ramadi, and Salman Pak--and was directed by elite Iraqi military units. Interviews by U.S. government interrogators with Iraqi regime officials and military leaders corroborate the documentary evidence. Many of the fighters were drawn from terrorist groups in northern Africa with close ties to al Qaeda, chief among them Algeria's GSPC and the Sudanese Islamic Army. Some 2,000 terrorists were trained at these Iraqi camps each year from 1999 to 2002, putting the total number at or above 8,000. Intelligence officials believe that some of these terrorists returned to Iraq and are responsible for attacks against Americans and Iraqis. According to three officials with knowledge of the intelligence on Iraqi training camps, White House and National Security Council officials were briefed on these findings in May 2005; senior Defense Department officials subsequently received the same briefing.
Let's see if we can guess the libs reactions:
1. So what if he was training "terrorists"? As Cindy Sheehan reminds us, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.
2. Diebold manufactured the machines that analyzed the intelligence that led to this discovery. And there's no paper trail.
3. Joe Wilson, in between sips of mint tea, discovered there was nothing to this report during his trip to Africa. Nick Kristof and Walter Pincus columns to follow.
4. "Lalalalalala Halliburton Cheney lalalalalala--I can't hear you!"
Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin