Putin: Iraq planning U.S. attacks before war

by on June 18th, 2004


“After Sept. 11, 2001, and before the start of the military operation in Iraq, the Russian special services, the intelligence service, received information that officials from Saddam’s regime were preparing terrorist attacks in the United States and outside it against the U.S. military and other interests,” Putin said.

He said President George W. Bush personally thanked one of the leaders of Russia’s intelligence agencies for the information. There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials.

“It’s one thing to have information that Saddam’s regime is preparing terrorist attacks, (but) we didn’t have information that it was involved in any known terrorist attacks,” Putin said in the Kazakh capital Astana after regional economic and security summits.

Etalkinghead Staff