Iraqi Daily: Saddam Ordered Training of al-Qaeda Members in Iraq

(MEMRI) - The independent Iraqi weekly Al-Yawm Al-Aakher reveals details on the training of al-Qaeda members in Iraq two months before the September 11 attacks. "At the Special Forces School, we were informed that we would have dear guests, and that we should train them very well in a high level of secrecy - not to allow anyone to approach them or to talk to them." "About 100 trainees arrived. They were a mixture of Arabs, Arabs from the Peninsula [Saudi Arabia], Muslim Afghans, and other Muslims from various parts of the world. They were divided into two groups, the first one went to Al-Nahrawan and the second to Salman Pak, and this was the group that was trained to hijack airplanes." "Upon the completion of the training most of them left Iraq, while the others stayed in the country through the last battle in Baghdad against the coalition forces."

2003-10-21 00:00:00

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