No operational ties between Iraq and al-Qaeda: 9/11 panel

A national commission probing the September 11, 2001, terror attacks found no evidence of “operational” ties between Baghdad and al-Qaeda but did not rule out other forms of cooperation.
The panel’s final report added a tantalizing qualifier to a staff document last month that found no “collaborative relationship,” suggesting at one point that Iraq may have offered to harbor al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
The issue has major political overtones with President George W. Bush, who is seeking reelection in November, citing alleged ties between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda as a key reason for invading Iraq last year.
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