‘Saddam Hussein had link with Al Qaeda’
LONDON: Saddam Hussein had links with terrorists like Carlos the Jackal and Abu Nidal and groups connected to Al Qaeda, Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said on Wednesday.
“The record of Saddam shows very well his connections to international terrorists, like Carlos and Abu Nidal,” Allawi told BBC radio. “We know for sure that he had established links with chieftains in Sudan, to work closely with Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda style organisations,” he said.
Allawi also defended the US-led coalition’s move to go to war against Saddam, describing it as “a moral decision taken on ethical grounds.” Speaking on the day an inquiry is due to report on the use of Britain’s intelligence to justify the invasion, Allawi thanked British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W Bush.
“The Iraqi people, we are deeply appreciative of both the role of Tony Blair and President Bush in helping Iraq to liberate itself,” he said. afp