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Documents May Link Saddam to al-Qaida

Documents May Link Saddam to al-Qaida

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(London-AP) -- Documents have been found in the rubble of Iraq's intelligence service headquarters reportedly linking Saddam Hussein's regime and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network.

There's also a report that indicates France gave Saddam Hussein's regime regular reports on its dealings with American officials.

Journalists from the British Sunday Telegraph newspaper found documents revealing a meeting between an al-Qaida envoy and officials in Baghdad in March 1998.

The newspaper reports that the meeting was set to establish a relationship between Baghdad and al-Qaida based on their mutual hatred for the U-S and Saudi Arabia.

Bin-Laden's name had been covered over in white correcting fluid, but the markings were removed. The envoy was described as a trusted confidante of bin-Laden.

The Sunday Times says it found documents in the Iraqi foreign ministry that reveal Paris shared with Baghdad the contents of private transatlantic meetings and diplomatic traffic from Washington.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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