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The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America Hardcover – June 1, 2004

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060746734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060746735
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Weekly Standard reporter Hayes marshals a wealth of evidence that, in contrast with the tenuous connections that have so far made news, point to ties between Saddam Hussein's regime and al-Qaeda. Most intriguingly, Hayes finds links between Iraq and the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, one of whom apparently received shelter and financial support from Iraq after the attack. Hayes also gets confirmation by Czech officials of the alleged Prague meeting between September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta and an Iraqi intelligence agent. Elsewhere, Hayes points to Iraqi intelligence documents that mention a "good relationship" with bin Laden. Other sources note an alleged agreement for Iraq to assist al-Qaeda in making chemical and biological weapons. Relying both on "open sources" like news articles, transcripts from the 1998 embassy bombing trials, as well as anonymous intelligence reports and informants, Hayes allows that some of these stories may prove unreliable. But he contends that the number, consistency and varied provenance of reports of high-level contacts between al-Qaeda and Iraq throughout the past decade allows one to "connect the dots" into a clear pattern of collaboration. Despite the frustrating absence of source notes and no knowledge of what cooperative efforts ever came of these contacts, most readers will conclude from this volume that the Saddam–al-Queda thread has some play left in it.
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Stephen Hayes is a staff writer for the Weekly Standard. He has been a commentator on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and The McLaughlin Group. He lives outside Washington, D.C.

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48 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2004
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Looking at the previous reviews of this book, the ones with few stars are obviously politically motivated. It's doubtful that they've read the book, and some indulge in outrageous and even dystopian tangents that have no connection to the subject at hand. However, after the outcry for "connecting the dots" after 9-11 it doesn't make sense to sweep other connected dots under the rug. Did Saddam Hussein have connections to terrorists? Indisputably. To argue otherwise is to hide one's head (to speak diplomatically) in the sand. Was he connected to 9-11? Possibly. The important thing to understand is that author Stephen F. Hayes can only put forth "dots". Like any good prosecuting attorney, he presents his case clearly, giving exhibits that build a case on circumstantial evidence. But to be fair, the "dots" that should have been connected to stop 9-11 (if it could be humanly stopped) are also tenuous, unless one sees them with the benefit of hindsight. I will not say whether Hayes (in the interest of full disclosure, it must be said he works for the _Weekly Standard_, which raises as much hackles as a worker for _The New York Times_ to a so-called Neo-Con) proves his case. READ THE BOOK FOR YOURSELF, especially before you have the temerity to write a negative review. In fact, the reviews (all reviews) of this book, including positive ones, should be ignored because they are meaningless.Read more ›
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115 of 170 people found the following review helpful By J. Adams on June 2, 2004
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This is a very short book and smaller than half the size of a typical magazine page, so it didn't take long to read it over lunch hour today. But the contents more than make up for its size. If you have read any of Hayes' articles in the Weekly Standard over the last year or so, you won't find a lot of new material here, but he does connect a few more dots, but also exposes the sad truth about journalists today- they are lazy and have a political agenda to discredit any evidence which does not fit the mantra of the liberals that there was no connection between Hussein and bin Laden. Hayes cites numerous examples of Saddam's funding of terrorists all over the Middle East, and complements Laurie Mylroie's books which links Iraq to the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. Abdul Rahman Yasin, an Iraqi native who mixed the chemicals for the 1993 World Trade Center, moved back to Iraq after the bombing and actually was paid by Saddam, as newly discovered records show. The supposedly "discredited" link of Iraqi intelligence meeting in Prague with Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11 hijackers is examined in full, with the CIA "sources" who dismiss the claim looking more like the incompetents that they are. Hayes does a good job of dissecting stories published by the NY Times and the Washington Post which confirm their political agenda rather than objective reporting. One small example is their citing of al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaida alias Abu Zubayadah, alias Abd al-Hadi Al-Wahab, alias Zain Al-Abidin, alias Muhahhad Hussain, alias Zayn Al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, alias Tariq, alias Abu-al Hasanat, alias Noorud Din, alias Dawood, alias Kamil, alias Badar alias Al Mujahid,a Palestinian born at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Read more ›
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36 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Michael Feldbush on August 26, 2004
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Do you really KNOW the truth about the connection? Read on and find out what I believe about this book and about "the connection"...

This review will address three issues:

1. simple, clear, hard evidence proving that there IS a connection between Iraq and al Qaeda

2. the issue of whether or not the 9/11 commission report finds "connections" between Iraq and al Qaeda

3. my reactions to reading this book

1. In April 2003 two newspapers-one in Toronto and one in Britain-published stories about a document their reporters found in the rubble of Iraq's intelligence headquarters after the fall of Baghdad. This document shows proof of a meeting between Iraqi intelligence and a highly placed al Qaeda operative in 1998. You can easily check it out for yourself. Go to one of the following newspaper web sites: [...] (that's the Canadian paper "Toronto Star") or [...] (that's the London paper "The Telegraph"). If you choose the Canadian paper, do a search for stories by journalist Mitch Potter. If you choose the British paper, do a search for stories by journalist Inigo Gilmore. In either paper, look for stories published on April 27, 2003. There's your independent proof in black and white. I am astounded that no other media outlets or government agencies have brought this out into the public's view.

2. Many folks have cited the 9/11 commission report to "prove" or "disprove" connections between Iraq and al Qaeda. Democrats have ranted that the report has found no such connection. Republicans have railed that the report shows a connection between Iraq and al Qaeda, just not a connection between Iraq and 9/11. In reality, most of those folks haven't read a single sentence of the report.
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