Accumulated evidence, albeit mostly circumstantial, is nonetheless sufficient to implicate Iraq in the wave of Anthrax incidents in America in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks, according to former IDF intelligence officer Dr. Danny Shoham, writing in the latest edition of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence.
Shoham believes that the proximity of the two events is no coincidence and that both were perpetrated by al Qaeda and sponsored by Iraq.
Osama bin Laden was reported to have found a temporary safe haven in Sudan at a time that coincided with reports that significant portions of Iraq’s non-conventional weapons assets had also been moved there for “safe-keeping.”
“They (bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence) found several common denominators, including inflicting damage and harm on the U.S. and Israel through a variety of means of terror,” said Shoham.
“The preparations for both these acts of sabotage were far too meticulous and required such a great deal of complex planning and real-time intelligence that they could not have been conducted by a terrorist organization….The resources needed for such operations, including installations for manufacturing Anthrax powder, point to the involvement of a state that sponsors terrorism,” he said.
“In the extremely diversified range of biological warfare agents developed by the Iraqis since the 1980s, Anthrax was considered in their conception to be the most important for military and sabotage operations,” Shoham said.
The fact that Iraq has stockpiled Anthrax, has not hesitated to use non-conventional weapons in the past, and has established a network for perpetrating bio-chemical terrorism, coupled with its reputed links to al Qaeda, leads to the conclusion it was involved in the Anthrax letters affair.