Pentagon says no link between Iraq and Al Qaeda

A detailed Pentagon study released Wednesday confirmed there was no direct link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda before the war in Iraq.

The study flies in the face of claims by President George W. Bush's administration.

"The reason I keep insisting that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam and Al Qaeda is because there was a relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda," Bush told reporters in June 2004.

The report, by the Institute for Defense Analyses, reviewed more than 600,000 Iraqi documents and thousands of hours of interrogations.

Among other findings, the report did show Hussein's government provided support to other, non-Al Qaeda, regional and international terrorist operations.

The report was made available only at individual request by mail.