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Saddam’s Links to Terrorism? Not Interested

Fox News has posted two major reports on Saddam Hussein’s ties to the Taliban and al Qaeda. The reports derive from an analysis of documents that the U.S. military captured in Iraq:

A newly released document appears to provide evidence that in 1999 the Taliban welcomed “Islamic relations with Iraq” to mediate among the Taliban, the Northern Alliance and Russia, and that the Taliban invited Iraqi officials to Afghanistan.
The document, captured in Iraq but never before seen by the public, offers glimmers of new insight at the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Studies Office Web site. The FMSO is a research and analysis center under the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command.
This particular document mentions two men with similar names, each with ties to Pakistani religious schools known as madrassas, Jihad training camps, the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

How have the major news organizations and the wires followed up on this report?

Not only have they failed to do the kind of original reporting on this story that Fox has, they can’t even be bothered to follow up on Fox’s report.


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