03/28/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Dick Cheney: Link Between Iraq And Al-Qaida "Pretty Clear"

Before the Iraq war began, Dick Cheney was among the most prominent messengers of the false claim that Saddam Hussein had a relationship with al Qaeda. For example, he said it was "pretty well confirmed" that a 9/11 hijacker met with Iraqi intelligence officials before 9/11....

CHENEY: Well, this is no operational link. But there was, as I recall from looking at it, extensive links with Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Egyptian Islamic Jihad was the organization headed by Zawahiri, and he merged EIJ with Al Qaeda when he became the deputy director of Al Qaida, Osama bin Laden's number two. Now, was that a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda? Seems to me pretty clear that there was.

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