Friday, July 16, 2004

Zarqawi set up Iraq sleeper cells - before the war
Now how did that go about there not being any Iraq - Al Qaeda links before the war?
CTV News

British Prime Minister Tony Blair claimed vindication Wednesday after a committee led by Lord Butler released its report that concluded British intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction was flawed, but said the government had not deliberately deceived anyone as it built a case for toppling Saddam Hussein.

While Butler's report faulted British intelligence for having few reliable sources and not properly analyzing information, it did credit the spies with foreseeing the al-Zarqawi strikes on coalition forces.

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."


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