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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

"Al Qaeda's Sugar Daddy"

Maybe this is getting old, I dunno. Here goes anyway:

On Jan. 5, 2000, Ahmad Hikmat Shakir an Iraqi airport greeter reportedly dispatched from Baghdads Malaysian embassy escorted Khalid al Midhar and Nawaz al Hamzi to a Kuala Lampur hotel where these two Sept. 11 hijackers met with 9/11 conspirators Ramzi bin al Shibh and Tawfiz al Atash. Five days later, Shakir disappeared. Qatari officials arrested him on Sept. 17, 2001. They discovered papers tying him to the 1993 WTC plot and Operation Bojinka, al-Qaidas 1995 plan to atomize 12 jets over the Pacific.

Finally, Clinton-appointed Manhattan federal judge Harold Baer ordered Hussein to pay $104 million to the families of two 9/11 casualties.

I conclude that plaintiffs have shown, albeit barely...that Iraq provided material support to bin Laden and al Qaeda. An airtight case? No, but sufficient evidence tied Hussein to 9/11 and won a May 7 federal judgment against him.
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