4,546. 2/11/2003

In his testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on February 11, 2003, CIA Director George Tenet said: ” ‘Iraq is harboring senior members of a terrorist network led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a close associate of al Qaeda. …Iraq has in the past provided training in document forgery and bomb-making to al Qaeda. It has also provided training in poisons and gases to two al Qaeda associates. One of these associates characterized the relationship he forged with Iraqi officials as successful. …I know that part of this–and part of this Zarqawi network in Baghdad are two dozen Egyptian Islamic jihad which is indistinguishable from al Qaeda–operatives who are aiding the Zarqawi network, and two senior planners who have been in Baghdad since last May. Now, whether there is a base or whether there is not a base, they are operating freely, supporting the Zarqawi network that is supporting the poisons network in Europe and around the world. …And it is inconceivable to us that the Iraqi intelligence service doesn’t know that they live there or what they’re doing.’ ”

 – Douglas Feith, War and Decision, Page 590

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