1,443. 12/21/1998

“According to an American intelligence source, at the meeting on 21 December 1998, [Farouk] Hijazi, who was formerly director of external operations for Iraqi intelligence, ‘first offered bin Laden asylum in Iraq, and then put forward a list of targets’ bin Laden might consider attacking, including Radio Free Europe, based in Prague [Czech Republic], which beams anti-Saddam propaganda directly into Iraq. Hijazi is also said to have given bin Laden a ‘collection’ of blank Yemeni diplomatic passports–worth more than gold to an exiled militant–as a gift and sign of Baghdad’s good faith.”

 – Simon Reeve, The New Jackals, Page 217

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