Iraq and terrorism
Colin Powell promoted a Iraq/ al Qaeda link even though the FBI and CIA could not find such a link. Though he did show satellite images of reported active al Qaeda training camps in the Kurd controlled region, the Kurds were backed by the US (8 ).
National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said on September 25, 2002 "There clearly are contacts between al Qacda and Iraq. . . . There clearly is testimony that some of the contacts have been important contacts and that there's a relationship there." (9 ).
The reality of Iraq, Saddam and terrorism
al-Qaida was a threat to Saddam, rather than an ally according to a Senate report. The report said that prior to the war government "did not have a relationship, harbor or turn a blind eye toward" al-Qaida operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi or his associates (10 ).
In 2001 Middle East specialist at the Congressional Research Service an arm of the Library of Congress Kenneth Katzman said "I have never seen any evidence that Iraq is heavily involved in al-Qaida," (11 ).
Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, a Foreign Relations Committee member said, "Saddam is not in league with al-Qaeda. Of course he cheers and encourages them. But I have not seen any intelligence that would lead me to connect Saddam Hussein with al-Qaeda." (12 ).
Senate's Intelligence Committee also discovered Saddam had no links with Al Qaeda leaders before the 2003 war. The Central Intelligence Agency said about Saddam's government "did not have a relationship, harbour, or turn a blind eye toward Zarqawi and his associates" (13 ).
Bush said "This administration never said that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated between Saddam and al Qaeda," and continued "We did say there were numerous contacts between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda." This after Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States said "no credible evidence" that Saddam had any connection to the September 11 2001 attacks on America (14 ).
When Sir David Omand British security and intelligence co-ordinator at the time of the Iraq invasion asked about links between Saddam and al-Qaeda he said British intelligence did not support that Idea and the American CIA did not support it, he also said "There was a clear difference within Washington between the CIA and its own analysts and those inside the Pentagon (15 ).