Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Iraq’s Al Qaeda Connection, Zarqawi, Continues to Harm Americans

May 12, 2004
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) made the following remarks from the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, yesterday the world was shocked by a video depicting the savage beheading of an American civilian by Iraq’s Al Qaeda Connection, Abu Musab al Zarqawi,” said Congressman Wilson. “It is time to put an end to the intentional denial, that al Qaeda has had no cooperation with Saddam Hussein. Secretary of State Colin Powell warned the United Nations in February 2003 that after U.S. victory in Afghanistan, al Qaeda operatives set up new camps in Iraq led by Osama bin Laden’s lieutenant Zarqawi, allowed free operation in Baghdad by Saddam Hussein. Watch Video “Since then, Zarqawi has led al Qaeda within Iraq to bomb the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad and to attempt the killing last month of 80,000 in Jordan with chemical weapons. Additionally, in his letter to al Qaeda leadership, Zarqawi admitted to masterminding the daily attacks in Iraq. “We are fighting al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq as part of the Global War on Terror. Yet, despite our enemy’s savagery, our brave troops will fight and win this war to protect American families. “In conclusion, may God bless our troops and we will never forget September the 11th,” said Congressman Wilson. ###