3,619. 6/21/2002

In its report titled ‘Iraq and al-Qa’ida: Interpreting a Murky Relationship‘ that was distributed on June 21, 2002, the CIA stated: ” ‘Some analysts concur with the assessment that intelligence reporting provides *no conclusive evidence of cooperation on specific terrorist operations,* but believe that the available signs support a conclusion that Iraq has had sporadic, wary contacts with al-Qa’ida since the mid-1990s, rather than a relationship with al-Qa’ida that has developed over time. These analysts would contend that mistrust and conflicting ideologies and goals probably tempered these contacts and severely limited opportunities for cooperation.’ ”

 – Philip Taylor, The War in Iraq, Page 84

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