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July 15, 2004

Zarqawi Set Up Terrorist Sleeper Cells in Baghdad Before War

It's awfully funny. But during the period when the left assures us there was "no" link between Al Qaeda and Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi sure did seem to have the run of Saddam's capital:

LONDON β€” Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi set up "sleeper cells" in Baghdad before the Iraq war to attack American forces occupying the country, according to a British intelligence report.

The report, dated March 2003 and released as part of an overall review of British intelligence, forecast the string of Zarqawi's attacks against American targets during the past year "using car bombs and other weapons." It said he was setting up groups of fighters to be activated at a later time, known in the intelligence field as "sleeper cells."

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By the time of the U.S.-led invasion in March of last year, the report said, Britain's Joint Intelligence Committee indicated:

"Reporting since (February) suggests that senior al Qaeda associate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has established sleeper cells in Baghdad, to be activated during a U.S. occupation of the city."

The reported added: "These cells apparently intend to attack U.S. targets using car bombs and other weapons. (It is also possible that they have received CB materials from terrorists in the KAZ)," referring to chemical and biological materials and the Kurdish Autonomous Zone. "Al Qaeda-associated terrorists continued to arrive in Baghdad in early March."

And yet we're told there was "no" cooperation.

Which is all the more reason to have invaded Iraq. If al-Zarqawi could accomplish this much without Saddam's connivance, imagine what he might have done if Saddam had, say, permitted him to freely operate in Iraq.


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