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The Hidden Hand Behind The Islamic State Militants? Saddam Hussein’s. - The Washington Post

Baghdad, IRAQ:  Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein gestures while addressing the court in Baghdad's heavily fortified Gree
Baghdad, IRAQ: Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein gestures while addressing the court in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone 11 September 2006 as his trial resumes on charges of genocide against the Kurds during the Anfal campaign of the late 1980s. The trial resumed after a three-week recess, on the day the United States marks the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and three days after a US senate report concluded that Saddam had no links with al-Qaeda prior to the attacks, as US President George W. Bush's administration had repeatedly charged. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ERIK DE CASTRO (Photo credit should read ERIK DE CASTRO/AFP/Getty Images)

SANLIURFA, Turkey — When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group’s promised Islamist utopia, which has lured foreign jihadists from around the globe.

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