I had a very good comment left by an anonymous person at Big Dog’s article and found that it would be interesting to expand on Bos’uns analysis of the topic. Anonymous comment was: Good post with one flaw - Al Qaeda wasn’t in Iraq before we invaded and what progress we are making is in serious jeopardy because of this civil war stuff. Either way, wasn't Sheehan's son killed in Afghanistan?? See Big Dog's article posted here.
Anyway, much debate has raged about when al-Qaeda first came to Iraq. Those who hate President Bush want to blame him for everything. The truth is we do not know when al-Qaeda first went in country. And, we are not cleared to hear the official classified version, which may or may not be the truth anyway. Our intelligence apparatus is not known for being accurate. They (our intelligence apparatus) did not connect the dots before 9/11 and may not have done much since except cover their behinds.
Anyway, here is Bos'un analysis. All comments are appreciated and any information to prove or discount Bos'un analysis is also graciously appreciated.
Bos’un Analysis: If you believe MSM, you will believe that al-Qaeda was not in Iraq before we invaded. True, they were not blowing things up under Saddam's reign. However, but they were there and probably had the blessings of Saddam. Nothing moved in Iraq during those days without the blessings of Saddam.
Word has it that after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, when it was clear that an American invasion of Afghanistan terrorists started to bailout and establish cells in their native countries. Zarqawi and his men traveled through Pakistan and Iran. If you recall, February 2002, three at-Tawhid members were captured while crossing from Iran into Turkey on a mission to attack Israel. In April (same year), three at-Tawhid members were arrested in Germany while planning attacks against Jewish targets.
Through some research that I did using open sources, it was suggested to get hold of the Bahraini documentary Al Zarqawi: Min Herat ila Baghdad (Zarqawi: From Herat to Baghdad), by Lahodood. You may learn some things from Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries that have aligned themselves with the west and have forward thinking pro-western philosophy.
As things heated up in spring 2002, Zarqawi across the border into Iraqi Kurdistan, and the camps of Ansar al-Islam, an al-Qaeda-backed Islamic terrorist organization led by Mullah Krekar.
His organization had a presence in Iraqi Kurdistan since 1998. There have been various claims that Zarqawi was treated in a hospital in Baghdad, that he and Ansar al-Islam were working with Saddam through the alleged mukhabarat agent Abu Wa'il.
Remember the ricin that later surfaced in Europe? It was tied to Ansar al-Islam and I think some of Zarqawi's people.
Now comes the timeline when actually did Zarqawi declared bayat to bin Laden.
I contend, but cannot prove, that Zarqawi had worked with Bin Laden in Afghanistan and made working agreements with the al-Qaeda network eons ago. These guys were all hard core and hated the Russians and West with a passion.
Word has it that Zarqawi received al-Qaeda's blessings in early 2003 and at that time became the terrorist 'Emir' of Iraq.
I would not be so bold as to say that al-Qaeda was not in Iraq until after the fall of Saddam. There are a lot of bedroom deals in the Middle East. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Truth is we do not know when Zarqawi and other al-Qaeda affiliates entered into Iraq.
Saddam may have entered them into the plan. He was a madman and flew his air force to Iran when during Gulf War 1. The jury is still out on weapons of mass destruction ( WMDs), al-Qaeda connections, and much of the war on terror.
MSM and those who hate President Bush, seem to hate Bush more than they do the enemy. Anonymous remember, we have to be 100% right, the terrorists only have to be right one time.
As far as Casey Sheehan being killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, it is all semantics. Both are military actions in the war on terrorism.
Army Spec. Casey Sheehan 24, of Vacaville, Calif.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; killed April 4 when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in Baghdad, Iraq. God Bless your soul, Casey. Peace be with you brother, you made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for what you believed in. (contrary to Cindy's claim)
 Background/Profile Zarqawi
 Michael Rubin, The Islamist Threat in Iraqi Kurdistan,
 PWHCE: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (The Usama bin Laden of Iraq)
 Washington Monthly archives
 Future of Muslims World
 Combating Terrorism: Muslim Brotherhood
 Middle East Intelligence Bulletin
 Terrorism Scorecard
 Site Institute
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