5,506. 12/13/2003

According to articles from The New York Times and The Washington Post, both dated on January 14, 2004: “Saddam…consistently refused operational cooperation with Osama before he fell and went into hiding in April [2003]. In written instructions seized when he was at last captured in December [13] 2003–and deemed authentic by the CIA–Saddam warned his Baath Party followers against joining forces with foreign Arab jihadis entering Iraq to fight the Americans.”

 – Jonathan Randal, Osama, Page 271

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