December 14, 2003

9/11 Lead Hijacker Trained In Iraq

One of the many unresolved mysteries of Iraq was why Abu Nidal "committed suicide". The mystery may be getting clearer. The Daily Telegraph reports that a top secret memo has been discovered from Iraq's then intelligence chief to Saddam Hussein outlining the results of a three day training exercise conducted by Abu Nidal attended by one Mohammed Atta in the summer of 2001. Abu Nidal's death is thus easily explained as tying up loose ends.

If the memo is verified, this is the smoking gun of Iraqi involvement in 9/11 and knocks the legs out from under any residual resistance against the invasion as a distraction from the War on Terror. Dr Ayad Allawi of the Iraqi Governing Council has declared the document genuine but no public reports have come out yet of the results of technical analysis from agencies like the CIA or MI-6 to confirm that opinion.

Absent Saddam's capture, this should have been the big news story of the weekend. It's understandable that it didn't run in the Sunday news shows but what was the mainstream press doing Saturday? So far, the Telegraph seems to have a 3 day scoop of international importance. This should have been followed up and confirmed or debunked by now. Instead we have nothing.

That cannot stand.

Hat tip to Instapundit. As usual, Glenn Reynolds remains the indispensable blogger.

Posted by TMLutas at December 14, 2003 11:34 AM