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Iraq: First-Hand Update ("Terrorists' center of gravity..here in Iraq")
Some people want to believe there was no connection between 9-11, Afghanistan and Iraq. So we reviewed the recent history of terrorists (Islamic Extremist) and their ties to Saddam's regime and have sought out the truth to explain the reasons why we believe the terrorists’ center of gravity was and is right here in Iraq.
Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal took refuge in Baghdad in 1999. Nidal’s group is guilty of murdering 407 people, ten of them Americans, and wounding 788 others in attacks in 20 countries.
On April 18th, 2003 Khala Khadar al Salahat, a known terrorist, surrendered to U.S. Marines in Baghdad. Salahat and Nidal supplied the plastic explosives used by Libyan terrorists to destroy Pan-Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988. That attack killed 259 people, 35 of them were American college students.
Abu Abbas, mastermind of the hijacking of the Italian Cruise ship Achilles Lauro in 1985, was captured by U.S. Army Special Forces near Baghdad on April 14th, 2003. Abbas had been living in Baghdad under Iraqi protection since 2002.
Ramzi Yousef, who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, entered the U.S. on an Iraqi Passport. Abdul Rahman Yasin, who was indicted for mixing the chemicals used in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, fled to Baghdad where the Iraqi government provided him a house and a salary for years.
Saddam is known to have supported Palestinian suicide bombers through his "Arab Liberation Front" which awarded $10,000 to the family of each bomber who conducted a terrorist attack. Between March 2002 and March 2003 these attacks killed 223 people including 12 Americans, and wounded 1209.
Abu Musab Zarqawi, a known figure in Osama Bin Ladin's network, is the #1 Terrorist target in Iraq today and is the Al Qaeda leader responsible for a series of terrorist attacks and beheadings in Iraq. Zarqawi is now holding and threatening to be-head the innocent humanitarian aide worker Margaret Hassan.
Another known 9-11 connection was in January of 2002, Nawaz al-Hamzi and Khalid al-Midhar met with Iraqi diplomat Ahmed Hikmat Shakir in Malaysia. Shakir escorted them to an Al Qaeda 9-11 planning meeting. Shakir was arrested six days after 9-11.
It is clear that we are here for the right reasons, but being away from home has caused our families tremendous stress and strain. We pray that our family members and friends back home understand that the sacrifices they are making will not be in vain. Family separations have caused hardships but the results will make the world a safer and better place. It may not be obvious because the good news is often obscured or overshadowed by the bad news, but please know we are making progress in changing a part of the world that will ultimately make all Americans safer. Thanks for your support and please keep the prayers flowing.
Catfish 6 Bradly MacNealy TF 185th Aviation "In the Sunni Triangle" Commanding
I dunno guys - I got a baaaaaaad feeling about this.
~ Me, 10/11/04.