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While some contacts between agents of Saddam's government and members of al-Qaeda have been alleged, the consensus of experts and analysts has held that those contacts never led to an "operational" relationship.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concluded that there was only one actual encounter between representatives of the Baathist regime and representatives of al-Qaeda.
The intelligence community has not found any other evidence of meetings between al-Qaeda and Iraq.
On the more specific question of whether Saddam Hussein was behind the attacks of September 11, 2001, the consensus view is that there is no credible evidence of his government's involvement.
The first question was whether the Iraqi regime and al-Qaeda had a cooperative relationship, and the second was whether Saddam Husein's government supported the September 11, 2001 attacks.The consensus of intelligence experts has been that these contacts never led to an operational relationship, and that consensus is backed up by reports from the independent 9/11 Commission and by declassified Defense Department reports as well as by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, whose 2006 report of Phase II of its investigation into prewar intelligence reports concluded that there was no evidence of ties between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda.Critics of the Bush Administration have said Bush was intentionally building a case for war with Iraq without regard to factual evidence.The hate preacher, who is said to have inspired terrorist atrocities such as the Charlie Hebdo massacre, could be heard calling for "holy war" on the Sheffield-based radio station on 14 June.Ofcom suspended Iman FM's licence after receiving a complaint and concluding that Al-Awlaki's speeches "amounted to a direct call to action to members of the Muslim community to prepare for and carry out violent action against non-Muslim people".