5,067. 5/15/2003

“During a May 2003 custodial interview with [former Iraqi Intelligence Service Deputy Director] Faruq Hijazi, he said in a 1994 meeting with bin Laden in the Sudan, bin Laden requested that Iraq assist al Qaeda with the procurement of an unspecified number of Chinese-manufactured antiship limpet mines. Bin Laden thought that Iraq should be able to procure the mines through third-country intermediaries for ultimate delivery to al Qaeda. Hijazi said he was under orders from Saddam only to listen to bin Laden’s requests and then report back to him. Bin Laden also requested the establishment of al Qaeda training camps inside Iraq.’ ” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Stephen F. Hayes, The Connection, Pages 79-80

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