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Who were Zawahiri's reported contacts in Iraq? Have members of the Iraqi Delegation that reportedly Traveled to Afghanistan to Meet the Taliban and Bin Ladin been Identified? Have Any Republicans Bothered to Ask?

8:30 PM, Nov 6, 2005 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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These and many other questions contained in the 9-11 Commission report remain unanswered. For example, page 66 of the report states:

In March 1998, after Bin Ladin's public fatwa against the United States, two al Qaeda members reportedly went to Iraq to meet with Iraqi intelligence. In July, an Iraqi delegation traveled to Afghanistan to meet first with Taliban and then with Bin Ladin. Sources reported that one, or perhaps both, of these meetings was apparently arranged through Bin Ladin's Egyptian deputy, Zawahiri, who had ties on his own to the Iraqis. In 1998, Iraq was under intensifying U.S. pressure, which culminated in a series of large air attacks in December.

Similar meetings between Iraqi officials and Bin Ladin or his aides may have occurred in 1999 during a period of some reported strains with the Taliban.

Has any element of the intelligence community made progress in getting answers to the following questions:

Who were the "al Qaeda members"?
Who were the "Iraqi intelligence" officials?
Who were members of the "Iraqi delegation"?
Zawahiri "had ties of his own to the Iraqis." Who were they?
Who were the "Iraqi officials"?
Who were the Bin Ladin "aides"?