Immediately after the fall of Baghdad, the Pentagon dispatched special-operation units to seize Iraqi intelligence files located at Foreign Service, Mukhabarat and other arms of Iraq intelligence. Could these documents resolve the issue surrounding Iraq's alleged sponsorship of terrorism directed at the US?


Yes, these documents could substantiate, or disprove, many of the allegations of Iraq's secret operations.

The Iraqis were, as UN inspectors discovered in examining documents about the Iran-Iraq war, meticulous record keepers. The principal bases for the Iraq Intelligence service abroad was a dozen or so of its embassies. We know from Iraqi diplomatic defectors such as Jabir Salim that officers at these embassies regularly reported back to Baghdad on arrangements they made for safe houses for discreet meetings, bank accounts for laundered funds, travel documents for agents and disbursement of covert funds. These documents would cast light on at least five alleged operations:

a) The Prague Meeting

Czech intelligence reported a meeting between Iraq Consul al-Ani and Mohamed Atta in April 2001. Since al-Ani was expelled shortly afterwards, he presumably would have had to have filed a report about his activities for Iraq intelligence, as would other officers to whom he reported. As he was the first Iraq officer to be expelled from the Czech Republic, this would be an issue of some importance to his superiors and even Saddam Hussein.

b) The Radio Free Europe Plot

Jabir Salim, al-Ani's predecessor at the embassy at Prague, said after he defected that Baghdad had ordered him to organize a terrorist bombing of Radio Free Europe's headquarters in Prague and it supplied him with $150,000. Since this occasioned a major scandal in Prague, his superiors would have had to provide an accounting of what happened and the whereabouts of the funds allocated for this project.

c) The Yasin Sanctuary.

Abdul Rahman Yasin, a conspirator in the first World Trade Center bombing, was provided with a visa to come to Iraqi in 1993. The potentially dangerous decision to shelter a wanted fugitive presumably was based on an account by the Mukhabarat of his activities concerning the World Trade Center bombing.

d) The Yousef Legend.

Ramzi Yousef, another conspirator in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, was provided with false documentation that facilitated his escape from New York under the name of Abdul Basit Mahmood Abdul Karim. According to Laurie Mylroie's book, Study of Revenge, this documentation required altering information in Kuwait's Interior Ministry files at a time when they were in Iraq's custody. If so, there presumably would be a record of the preparation of this legend from the Kuwait biographical data, and an accounting of why Iraq made it available to Ramzi Yousef.

e) The Bush Assassination Attempt

On April 14, 1993, Ra'ad al-Asadi and Wali al-Ghazali, both Iraqi nationals, were arrested with a bomb they confessed they planned to use to assassinate former President George Bush while he was visiting Kuwait. The bomb had been supplied to them in Basra, Iraq. If they had been recruited by the Iraq Intelligence service, as the CIA concluded, there presumably would be reports on the operation, and a damage assessment of its failure.

Collateral question:

Has such documentation been found? If these documents are not found, does it prove the converse?

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