Saddam's Blessed July Operation
New Iraqi documents released by the Pentagon describe a “Blessed July” operation. The planned operation would have used 50 members of the fanatical “Fedayeen Saddam” group to stage bombings and assassinations in Iraq and Europe — including London, where 10 people were assigned.
Here is what Investors Business Daily says the released Pentagon documents have revealed so far:
Saddam is heard on a 1997 tape predicting terrorism would soon be coming to the U.S., while his son-in-law — who was in charge of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction — gloats about lying to U.N. weapons inspectors to hide the extent of Iraq’s WMD program.
Saddam, in a tape made in 2000, talks with Iraqi scientists about his plans to build a nuclear device. He discusses Iraq’s plasma separation program — an advanced uranium-enrichment technique completely missed by U.N. inspectors.
An Iraqi intelligence document, released just two weeks ago, describes a February 1995 meeting between Saddam’s spies and Osama bin Laden. During that meeting, bin Laden offered to conduct “joint operations” with Iraq. Saddam subsequently ordered his aides to “develop the relationship” with the al-Qaida leader.
A fax, sent on June 6, 2001, shows conclusively that Saddam’s government provided financial aid to Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in the Philippines. Abu Sayyaf is an al-Qaida offshoot co-founded by bin Laden’s brother-in-law.
These are just a few of the revelations about Saddam and terrorism to be found in a handful of documents and tapes.
This is just a small piece of the 48,000 boxes of intelligence that has been translated and released by intelligence officials so far.