The World Nutt Dully in 1999 ran an article where they cite unnamed, unsubstantiated, never documented articles from other news sources. The 'reports' were never confirmed after the invasion....
or were they...
Brit Hume did a Faux Noise special report interviewing Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard on July 8, 2005.
Hayes insists there is a former Saddam henchman in Gitmo who has reported a contact in the Sudan in 1998. (The Guardian Newspaper reports the contact as in the mountains near Kandahar in 1998 but what the hey?)
Hayes also insists payment of $300,000 to al-Qaida's number 2, Zawahiri in person in Baghdad in 1998. Busy year this 1998! ( $300,000 was chump change to a pre-9-11 bin-Laden, highly unlikely bin-Laden would accept so little money from someone he thought was a black mark on Islam.)
Hayes claims the Butler report backs his claims up. Ahhhh no it doesn't. I can find no mention of any inquiry into a possible Iraq-AQ linkage. As best as I can tell the WMD/yellow cake/uranium reports and their tenuous claims to the truth was the focus of the Butler Report.
Then there was the Iraqi defector who claims to have been in the WMD project. (he actually was on the lamm for stealing from a television station he worked at before running) Code named Curveball he told many fanciful tales. To the extent that most European intel agencies concluded he was full of Cheney. BushII's team whoever swore he was the touch stone to a look inside the extensive WMD program Saddam was running.
Since then NO credible evidence has ever surfaced to support Hayes's claims. ALL investigations have been very dismissive of any Iraq-AQ connection. The radical right can cling to whatever very dated 'reports' are on the interwebs, but subsequent studies, reports and investigations have shown the IR/AQ connections was mostly in the minds of a few who needed there to be one...
Bush's vanity wars: the gift that just keep on giving.
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
Here's a quote by the CIC who carried out the invasion:
BUSH: One of the major theaters against al Qaeda turns out to have been Iraq. This is where al Qaeda said they were going to take their stand. This is where al Qaeda was hoping to take–
RADDATZ: But not until after the U.S. invaded.
BUSH: Yeah, that’s right. So what? The point is that al Qaeda said they’re going to take a stand. Well, first of all in the post-9/11 environment Saddam Hussein posed a threat. And then upon removal, al Qaeda decides to take a stand.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?