Cheney: Evidence Of Saddam-al-Qaida Connection

Cheney: Overwhelming evidence of Saddam-al-Qaida connection

Vice President Cheney says the "evidence is overwhelming" that there was a connection between former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida.

Cheney tells NBC News the relationship goes back to the early '90s, and includes a "series of high-level contacts" between Osama bin Laden and Iraqi intelligence officials. He says joint activities included training in bomb making and forging documents.

The Nine-Eleven commission reported this week that while there were contacts between al-Qaida and Iraq, they did not appear to have produced "a collaborative relationship." Asked if Iraq was involved in Nine-Eleven, Cheney said, "We don't know."

He says the government has "never been able to prove" a connection, but he adds the Bush administration never said Iraq was responsible for the attacks.