Sunday, July 18, 2004

Sorry, Wrong Country 

In a preview of the 9/11 Commission's final report, to be released this week, Time reports that, although Iraq had no discernible ties to al Qaeda, Iran did.

We regret the error.

SIDEBAR: According to a senior U.S. official, the report offers no evidence that Iran was aware of the plans for the 9/11 attacks. However,
Iran had a history of allowing al-Qaeda members to enter and exit Iran across the Afghan border. This practice dated back to October 2000, with Iranian officials issuing specific instructions to their border guards—in some cases not to put stamps in the passports of al-Qaeda personnel—and otherwise not harass them and to facilitate their travel across the frontier.
Sounds like a damning indictment -- but then you could say pretty much the same about the U.S. State Department.

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