4,555. 2/12/2003

On February 12, 2003, CIA Director George Tenet testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Regarding al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi and his cohorts, Tenet said: ” ‘…there are 116 people in jail in France, in Spain, in Italy, and in Great Britain who received training and guidance out of a network run by an individual [al Zarqawi] who is sitting in Baghdad today and supported by two dozen of his associates. …Iraq has provided a safe haven in a permissive environment for these people to operate. …we also know from very reliable information that there’s been some transfers, training in chemical and biologicals from the Iraqis to al Qaeda.’ ”

 – Stephen F. Hayes, The Connection, Pages 170-171

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