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Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda link allegations
- Created 2012-04-17
Allegations of a link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda
were made by
officials who claimed that a highly secretive relationship existed between former
and the radical
from 1992 to 2003, specifically through a series of meetings reportedly involving the
Iraqi Intelligence Service
(IIS). In the lead up to the
George W. Bush
and militant group
might conspire to launch terrorist attacks on the
, basing the
rationale for war
, in part, on this allegation and others. The consensus of intelligence experts has been that these contacts never led to an operational relationship, and that consensus is backed up by reports from the independent
and by declassified
reports as well as by the
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
, whose 2006 report of Phase II of its investigation into prewar intelligence reports concluded that there was no evidence of ties between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda. Critics of the Bush Administration have said Bush was intentionally building a case for war with Iraq without regard to factual evidence. On April 29, 2007, former
Director of Central Intelligence
, "We could never verify that there was any Iraqi authority, direction and control, complicity with al-Qaeda for
or any operational act against America, period. "
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