4,380. 1/15/2003

“The BBC received a Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) document which showed that British intelligence believes there are no current links between the Iraqi regime and the al-Qa’ida network. The classified document, written last month [January 2003], said there had been contact between the two in the past, but it assessed that any fledgling relationship foundered due to mistrust and incompatible ideologies.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Paul Lashmar and Raymond Whitaker, “On the Brink of War: The Spies’ Revolt MI6 and CIA: The New Enemy Within,” The Independent, Feb. 9, 2003

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