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Profile: Farouk Hijaz

 
  

Positions that Farouk Hijaz has held:

  • Iraqi ambassador to Turkey


 

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Farouk Hijaz actively participated in the following events:

 
  

Late December 1998      Complete Iraq timeline

       According to US intelligence sources, Farouk Hijazi, the Iraqi ambassador to Turkey, visits Afghanistan in late 1998 after US cruise missiles are fired on al Qaeda training camps following the bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Hijazi, who is also a longtime intelligence officer, meets Osama bin Laden in Kandahar and extends an offer from Baghdad to provide refuge for him and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. Bin Laden reportedly rejects the offer because he doesn't want his organization dominated by Saddam Hussein. After the 9/11 attacks, proponents of invading Iraq will claim the visit makes Hijazi a key link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. Hijazi will be captured by US troops in late April 2003 after the US/British invasion of Iraq begins. When interrogated by US authorities, he will deny any Iraq-al-Qaeda ties. [Guardian, 2/16/99; Associated Press, 9/27/01; Knight Ridder, 10/7/02; Associated Press, 4/25/03; USA Today, 7/13/03]
People and organizations involved: Farouk Hijaz, Mullah Mohammed Omar, Osama bin Laden
          


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