Iraq and terrorism
It is now charged that the White House had created a fake letter and back dated it to support their terror claim a Washington-based journalist Ron Suskind, said "It said that 9/11 ringleader Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq thus showing, finally, that there was an operational link between Saddam and al-Qaida, something the vice president's office had been pressing CIA to prove since 9/11 as a justification to invade Iraq. There is no link."(16 ).
the real link between terror and Iraq?
During the 1990's Kurdish factions battled for control of Northern Iraq. One faction is Islamic Movement of Kurdistan, an offshoot of this group is Ansar al-Islam. The leaders of this group went to Afghanistan and reportedly fell under influence of a deputy of Osama bin Laden(17 ).
There is evidence that Ansar Al Islam has ties with Al Qaeda. Ansar Al Islam, was formed after the September 11 2001 attacks and formed in a region of Iraq that outside Saddam's control. On 23 October 2003, the Pentagon declared that Ansar Al Islam had become the principal "terrorist adversary" of US forces in Iraq(18 ).
Saddam and Ansar al-Islam? Ansar al-Islam was violently opposed to Saddam and operated out of the Kurdish territories(19 ).
A much feared Iraqi extremist group JAISH ANSAR AL SUNNAH (ARMY OF the Defenders of the Traditions of the Prophet Mohammed ). This Sunni Muslim group formed 20 September 2003 there goals are Salafist fundamentalism similar to the Taliban of Afghanistan. Ansar Al Sunnah is made up of former members of Ansar Al Islam (Defenders of Islam), they are opposed to the US occupation and committed to an Islamic state (20 ).
Post invasion terror
An Intel report said the war helped to create a new generation of terrorist( 21 ).
A letter reportedly from Al Qaeda found in the rubble of a former Al Qaeda in Iraq indicated that US involvement was helping their cause "The most important thing is that the jihad continues with steadfastness ... indeed, prolonging the war is in our interest," (22 ).