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Old 03-15-06, 10:44 PM
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1st Declassified Iraq Documents Released

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060316/...iraq_documents

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration Wednesday night released the first declassified documents collected by U.S. intelligence during the
Iraq war, showing among other things that
Saddam Hussein's regime was monitoring reports that Iraqis and Saudis were heading to
Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks to fight U.S. troops.
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The documents, the first of thousands expected to be declassified over the next several months, were released via a
Pentagon Web site at the direction of National Intelligence Director John Negroponte.

Many were in Arabic with no English translation including one the administration said showed that Iraqi intelligence officials suspected al-Qaida members were inside Iraq in 2002.

The Pentagon Web site described that document this way: "2002 Iraqi Intelligence Correspondence concerning the presence of al-Qaida Members in Iraq. Correspondence between IRS members on a suspicion, later confirmed, of the presence of an Al-Qaeda terrorist group. Moreover, it includes photos and names."

The release of the documents, expected to continue for months, is designed to allow lawmakers and the public to investigate what documents from Saddam's regime claimed about such controversial issues as weapons of mass destruction and al-Qaida in the period before the United States invaded Iraq in March 2003.

The Web site cautioned that the U.S. government "has made no determination regarding the authenticity of the documents, validity or factual accuracy of the information contained therein, or the quality of any translations, when available."

A handful of prewar Iraq government documents released Wednesday had been translated into English.

They included one Iraqi intelligence document indicating Saddam's feared Fedayeen paramilitary forces were investigating rumors in the fall of 2001 that as many as 3,000 Iraqis and Saudis were going to fight in Afghanistan after the U.S. invasion.

"In the report on the status of rumors for November of 2001 regarding Fedayeen Saddam in al-Anbar, there is an entry that indicates that there is a group of Iraqi and Saudi Arabians numbering around 3,000 who have gone in an unofficial capacity to Afghanistan and have joined the mujahidin (mujahedeen, or holy warriors) to fight with and aid them in defeating the American Zionist Imperialist attack," the translated document stated.

"After presenting the matter to the Supervisor of Fedayeen Saddam, he ordered that the matter should be looked into for verification of the truth of the rumor," the translation said.

House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., requested the release of millions pages of documents and audio recordings captured during current and previous U.S. military operations in Iraq. Most have sat untranslated for years.

Last weekend, Negroponte agreed to set aside money and establish a system to make the documents available to the media, academics and other researchers.

In a statement, Hoekstra welcomed the chance to answer questions about prewar Iraq. "Whether Saddam Hussein destroyed Iraq's weapons of mass destruction or hid or transferred them, the most important thing is we discover the truth of what was happening in the country prior to the war," he said.


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I believe these are the documents mentioned http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/products-docex.htm
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Old 03-15-06, 10:57 PM
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Good time to release these.
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Old 03-16-06, 12:13 AM
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Declassified Enlightening Iraq Documents:

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The Iraq War is
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Old 03-16-06, 12:51 AM
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That must have taken a long time to do but the translations that I've heard about indicate active hiding of programs and admission of fooling the UN inspectors after they were sent back.
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That must have taken a long time to do but the translations that I've heard about indicate active hiding of programs and admission of fooling the UN inspectors after they were sent back.
It will be interesting to see what shakes out and actually fits all the rumors floating around. Then again, those who want to believe in any given unsubstantiated rumor will probably just assume it to be one of the documents the government isn't releasing.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060316/...a_documents_dc

The Bush administration on Thursday released prewar Iraqi government documents confiscated by U.S. forces, including some it said showed Saddam Hussein's regime suspected an al Qaeda presence in the country.

Nine sets of documents, released by the office of U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte and posted to an Army Web site, are the first to be publicly released from a huge cache of materials confiscated by U.S. forces in Iraq.

The collection is comprised of 48,000 boxes of papers and tape-recorded conversations, including many involving Saddam himself, officials said.

Also released were 29 sets of al Qaeda-related documents that were the subject of a separate study by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, officials said.

Negroponte's office, under pressure from conservatives including Republican lawmakers, decided in recent days to set up a process for the material's release, which is expected to take months.

The material, housed in Qatar, has already been examined by the CIA's Iraq Survey Group and continues to be scrutinized by the U.S. military for intelligence that could be acted upon.

Republican lawmakers say the data could still address U.S. claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and had ties with Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, which carried out the September 11 attacks.

Both allegations helped justify a war that has become increasingly unpopular in a mid-term election year that has Republicans in Congress feeling vulnerable.

But no WMD have been located in Iraq and independent investigators have found no evidence that Saddam had a collaborative relationship with al Qaeda.

Sen. Rick Santorum (news, bio, voting record) of Pennsylvania and Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, Republicans who lobbied for the data's release, said it was important that the information be made available quickly to the public, including political "blogs."

"We're hoping to unleash the power of the Internet, unleash the power of the blogosphere, to get through these documents and give us a better understanding of what was going on in Iraq before the war," said Hoekstra, chairman of the House of Representatives' Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Hoekstra said the U.S. government would have linguists and intelligence analysts comb through the material to determine what information could be released.

The Web site, http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/products-docex.htm said the government had not determined the authenticity of the documents, their accuracy or the quality of any translations.

Many documents had not been translated from Arabic, but the release included English-language synopses.

One synopsis described a series of Iraqi documents as "Iraqi intelligence correspondence concerning the presence of al Qaeda members in Iraq," adding there were exchanges between intelligence service members about a suspicion that was later confirmed of the presence of an al Qaeda group in the country.
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Myster X,

You uh, are aware virtually every goddamn Muslim country has an AQ presence. Right. I bet Saudi Arabia had a larger presence than Iraq did at the time.
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Myster X,

You uh, are aware virtually every goddamn Muslim country has an AQ presence. Right. I bet Saudi Arabia had a larger presence than Iraq did at the time.

not Iran well, they're Persian, but Islam is their religion
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Good thing there aren't any AQ men in the US. .
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Good thing there aren't any AQ men in the US. .
There are probably some in Cuba too, but nobody can prove it.
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Give Bush a chance. AQ is everywhere.
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I'll believe this when ever Dan Rather or Katie Couric tell me it's okay to believe it.
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I'll believe this when ever Dan Rather or Katie Couric tell me it's okay to believe it.
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