There has been aired on Iraqi television what purports to be a confession from a terrorist that he was trained and employed by Syrian Intelligence:
Iraqi state television aired a video yesterday showing what the U.S.-funded channel said was the confession of a captured Syrian officer, who said he trained Iraqi terrorists to behead people and build car bombs to attack American and Iraqi troops.
He also said the terrorists practiced beheading animals to train for decapitating hostages.
Later, Al Iraqiya aired another round of interviews with men it said were Sudanese and Egyptians who also trained in Syria to carry out attacks in Iraq.
In the first video, the man, identified as Lt. Anas Ahmed al-Essa of the Syrian intelligence service, said his group had been recruited to “cause chaos in Iraq … to bar America from reaching Syria.”
“We received all the instructions from Syrian intelligence,” Lt. al-Essa, 30, said on a video broadcast by state-run Al Iraqiya, which can be seen nationwide.
The first tape apparently was made in the northern city of Mosul, but no date was provided. It was not possible to authenticate the claims.
The State Department said they were looking into the report, but as of late yesterday, they could neither confirm nor deny the veracity of the broadcast or that a Syrian intelligence officer had been captured.
I’m waiting for more info before I accept this as true. There is lots of evidence to corroborate this, but what I really want to see corroborated is this:
“I was trained on explosives, killing, spying, kidnapping … and after one year, I went to Iraq with Fady Abdullah,” Lt. al-Essa said.
He said he infiltrated Iraq in 2001, about two years before the U.S. invasion, because Syrian intelligence was convinced American military action loomed.
The invasion was in March 2003. If he was there two years, then that puts him in Iraq in the spring of 2001, well before September 11, 2001. Even more damning, that means that he started training sometime in 2000 — well before the 9/11/01 attacks.