Al-Qaida / Al-Qaeda and Iraq
According to the National Commisssion on Terrorist Attack's Overview of the Enemy (Staff Statement No.15), there is no evidence that the Iraqi government cooperated with al Qaeda in the preparation of the September 11 attacks on the United States. During Bin Ladin's time in Sudan, he reportedly tried to initiate cooperation between the two entities although he opposed Hussein's "secular regime." A senior Iraqi intelligence officer traveled to Sudan three times before finally meeting with Bin Ladin in 1994. From reports, Bin Ladin apparently requested to establish training camps and for assistance in obtaining weapons from Iraq. The Iraqi government, however, never responded. Moreover, two senior Bin Ladin associates have confirmed that there was no collaborative relationship between al Qaeda and Iraq.
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