1,419. 12/15/1998

“On January 14, 1999, ABC News reported that three intelligence agencies believed that Saddam had offered asylum to bin Laden. ‘Intelligence sources say bin Laden’s long relationship with the Iraqis began as he helped Sudan’s fundamentalist government in their efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction. …ABC News has learned that in December [1998], an Iraqi intelligence chief, named Faruq Hijazi, now Iraq’s ambassador to Turkey, made a secret trip to Afghanistan to meet with bin Laden. Three intelligence agencies tell ABC News they cannot be certain what was discussed, but almost certainly, they say, bin Laden has been told he would be welcome in Baghdad.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 РStephen F. Hayes, The Connection, Page 124

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