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Iraq, Sudan Implicated in bin Laden Pact

As intelligence services try to prove who was behind the New York and Washington attacks, evidence is increasing that a secret pact was formed between Osama bin Laden, Iraq and Sudan to wage a terrorist war against the United States.

The pact, forged in 1998, led to Iraqi experts helping to build a chemical weapons factory especially for bin Laden?s terrorists in Sudan, according to a paper presented to Congress by U.S. Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare chairman Yossef Bodansky.

Iraqi began developing chemical weapons for terrorism in Sudan in order to stay away from the prying eyes of the U.S. planes patrolling the no-fly zone in Iraq. The paper mentions two other ultra-modern chemical weapons factories built in Sudan with Iraq expertise.

One of them houses laboratories at work on the development of chemical weapons, nerve agents and biological weapons, while another has production lines for warheads, bombs and canisters utilizing chemical agents. Both were built three years ago. Iraq and bin Laden separately forged alliances with Sudan, in north Africa, a decade ago.

The Iraqi-Sudanese co-operation began during the 1990 Gulf War when Iraq sent guns equipped with chemical shells, SCUD-B launchers and missiles to Sudan to strike Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The fact these SCUDs originated from Iraq was confirmed in the mid-1990s when the Russians, after being asked to fix them, recognized that the serial numbers were from missiles sold to Iraq. After the Gulf war, in 1997, Iraq moved the weapons it had stored in Yemen to Sudan.

Bin Laden's involvement with Sudan began in 1991 after he was expelled from Saudi Arabia for anti-government activities. He spent five years living in Sudan building a complex web of business and financial interests before returning to Afghanistan.

Intelligence reports claim the secret pact between Sudan, Iraq and bin Laden was made in October 1998 and there are numerous reports of meetings between bin Laden and Iraqi officials since then.

Some of this evidence emerged in early 1999, when the Paris-based Arab language newspaper Al Watan Al Arabi reported that western diplomatic and security sources had warned, in secret reports, that Iraq, Sudan and bin Laden were co-operating to build several chemical and germ weapons factories in Sudan financed by bin Laden and supervised by Iraqi experts and technicians, to be used ?for confronting the U.S., the common enemy.? Late in 1998, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported: ?Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden have sealed a pact.?

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