In 1999, Bin Laden entered a war pact with his state sponsor Mullah Omar of the Afghan Taliban that initiated Al Qaeda's 9/11 plot6. The main objective of the 9/11 plot was to provoke covertly an American invasion of the primary target in the main theatre of contemporary U.S. military aggression, Hussein's regime in the No-Fly Zone conflict. Bin Laden expeditiously initiated this plot in the wake of Operation Desert Fox, the largest American military campaign against Iraq since the 1991 Gulf War. Bin Laden's 1999 war pact that climaxed in the 9/11 attack in turn propelled Hussein into the American-led Global War on Terror in 2002 when the Bush Administration secretly initiated war against Iraq by beginning covert special military operations inside Iraq and illegally escalating the Anglo-American No-Fly Zone bombing campaign against Iraq in prelude to the official inception of the invasion. Bin Laden's efforts were rewarded with the fulfillment of his widely publicized 1998 prediction (albeit made with inside information) about an imminent U.S. invasion of Iraq that would be "the best proof" of his casus belli against America. (For more on how Bin Laden intentionally provoked the Iraq invasion in order to facilitate his public relations war against America, see Bin Laden's Plan: The Project for the New American Century by: David Malone, available at www.BinLadensPlan.com)
In 2003, this war quickly led to an overwhelming Anglo-American invasion that toppled Hussein's brutal Iraqi regime, captured and imprisoned the hated fascist tyrant, and in July of 2003 established a new U.S.-backed provisional government to rule Iraq.
The leadership of the military opposition to this occupying Anglo-American army was quickly usurped from Hussein's faltering Iraqi army by Bin Laden's fearsome Al Qaeda army. This transition during the spring and summer of 2003 was marked by the disintegration of Saddam's conventional forces and the beginning of Al Qaeda's leadership of the Sunni Iraqi insurgency through the war's most catastrophic terrorist bombing attacks against both the Anglo-American occupation and the Shiite Iraqi support for the U.S.-backed Iraqi government, marked in August 2003 by the Baghdad United Nations building bombing that assassinated the chief U.N. envoy and the Najaf mosque bombing that assassinated a top Iraqi Shiite Ayatollah. In a public reflection of this fateful end to their sea-saw relationship, during his imprisonment (by an American military scandalized by concurrent, widespread incidents of prisoner abuse in Iraq) and trial (by a Shiite-dominated court) Hussein's predictably fiery rhetoric and public "martyrdom" helped him to serve as a puppet Sunni leader for Bin Laden's central propaganda war against the Anglo-American military occupation of Hussein's country that Bin Laden had provoked with the 9/11 attack. During Hussein's trial and execution by a U.S.-backed court, America's reputation was particularly devastated by the fact that the United States was complicit in virtually every major crime for which Saddam and his subordinates faced indictment, from torturing prisoners to aggressive war with Iran to mass murder of Iraqi civilians to building and using chemical and biological weapons.
The eventual grisly execution of Hussein by a vengeful jailhouse of Shiite partisan victims of his criminal Sunni regime was a tribute to the brutal fascist reign immortalized in the image of his corpse hanging from an iron scaffold.