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9/11 REPORT: NO IRAQ-OSAMA LINK

"The report of the joint congressional inquiry into the suicide hijackings on Sept. 11, 2001, to be published Thursday, reveals U.S. intelligence had no evidence that the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks, or that it had supported al-Qaida," according to UPI."'The report shows there is no link between Iraq and al-Qaida,' said a government official who has seen the report."The New York Times notes that the report blames poor communications between the FBI and CIA for failing to prevent the 9/11 attacks.The paper says, "for nearly two years before the attacks, the Central Intelligence Agency knew about the terror connections between the two men, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaq Alhazmi, who in 2000 moved to San Diego, frequenting Muslim circles that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had infiltrated... [I]f the F.B.I. had used its informants more aggressively, the presence of Mr. Midhar and Mr. Alhazmi in San Diego offered 'the best chance to unravel the Sept. 11 plot.'"(UPI story via Josh Marshall. A copy of the report is available here)THERE'S MORE: UPI now says it "cannot further stand by this story as originally filed and will have a corrected version soon."

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