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Bin Laden files ‘will rewrite history of Iraq War’, conference told

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio
19th November 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Newly released files from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan will rewrite the history of the Iraq War, a conference in Washington has heard.

The Al-Qaeda leader “received constant audio reports from Iraqi commanders. They were eyeing Syria years before 2011,” said Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).

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The Al-Qaeda leader “received constant audio reports from Iraqi commanders. They were eyeing Syria years before 2011,” said Thomas Joscelyn, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).

Joscelyn was speaking at an FDD event to discuss the implications of the 470,000 bin Laden files — records, images, audio, and videos — recovered from his compound when he was killed in May 2011 and released this month by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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It was the assessment of US intelligence agencies, the State Department and the Treasury Department under the Obama administration that there was an agreement between Al-Qaeda and the Iranian regime that allowed the terror group to maintain a “core facilitation pipeline inside Iran,” Joscelyn said.

He also cited a Treasury Department document related to a terrorist designation in 2011 that said that the Department was targeting “key funding and support networks using Iran as a critical transit point.”

“There’s resistance for policy reasons to show Iran's cooperation with Al Qaeda — politicization has gone both ways. We’re not trying to justify any war, but rather report on facts to understand our enemy,” Joscelyn said.

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Bill Roggio, also an FDD senior fellow, said: “The US military has whitewashed the role of Shia militias in Iraq. Key groups in the PMU are openly hostile to the US and some have stated they’ll overthrow the Iraqi government if Iran calls for it.”

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