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Cheney Says Hussein's Regime Had Al-Qaeda Ties

Washington, 1 July 2004 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney has reiterated the presidential administration's belief that Saddam Hussein's regime had a relationship with Al-Qaeda.

"Saddam's regime had long-established ties with Al-Qaeda," Cheney said today in New Orleans. "These ties included senior-level contacts going back a decade. In the early 1990s Saddam had sent a brigadier general in the Iraqi intelligence service to Sudan to train Al-Qaeda in bomb-making and document forgery."

The staff of an independent U.S. government commission investigating the 11 September 2001 attacks concluded recently that it found no evidence of a collaborative relationship between Hussein's regime and Al-Qaeda.

Cheney also said Iraq faces a historic transformation. He said 15 months ago Iraq was under the control of a dictator and now the Iraqi people will bring Hussein to justice.