2,130. 7/1/2001

During his December 15, 2003, interview by Tom Brokaw on Meet the Press, British journalist Con Coughlin said: ” ‘When I was in Baghdad, I picked up a document that was given to me by a senior member of the Iraqi interim government. It’s an intelligence document written by the then-head of Iraqi intelligence, [Tahir Jalil] Habbush to Saddam. It’s dated the 1st of July, 2001, and it’s basically a memo saying that [9/11 lead hijacker] Mohamed Atta has successfully completed a training course at the house of Abu Nidal, the infamous Palestinian terrorist, who, of course, was killed by Saddam a couple months later. Now this is really concrete proof that al-Qaeda was working with Saddam…This is a document, and I’ve had it authenticated. This is the handwriting of the head of Iraqi intelligence, Habbush, is one of the few people still at large who is in the pack of cards. And it basically says that Atta was in Baghdad being trained under Saddam’s guidance prior to the 9/11 attack. It’s a very explosive development, Tom.’ ”

 – Ron Suskind, The Way of the World, Pages 377-378

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