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Hunting Hussein Led U.S. to Insurgent Hub - Five Families Believed to Direct Attacks
Washington Post ^

Posted on 12/25/2003 9:01:59 PM PST by Happy2BMe

TIKRIT, Iraq -- As U.S. forces tracked Saddam Hussein to his subterranean hiding place, they unearthed a trove of intelligence about five families running the Iraqi insurgency, according to U.S. military commanders, who said the information is being used to uproot remaining resistance forces.

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TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: iraq; saddamhussein; terrorists; tikrit; viceisclosed
Perhaps some of the less favorite wives chose to express their gratitude?
1 posted on 12/25/2003 9:02:00 PM PST by Happy2BMe
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To: Happy2BMe; MeeknMing; SJackson; JohnHuang2
At the heart of this tightly woven network is Auja, Hussein's birthplace, which U.S. commanders say is the intelligence and communications hub of the insurgency. The village is where many of the former president's key confidants have their most lavish homes and their favorite wives.

Perhaps a select few of the "less favorite wives" decided to show their gratitude ping!

2 posted on 12/25/2003 9:04:04 PM PST by Happy2BMe (2004 - Who WILL the TERRORISTS vote for? - - Not George W. Bush, THAT'S for sure!)
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To: Happy2BMe
Dean is wrong.... we (including the brave US military who are stationed in Iraq) are a lot safer with Saddam out of his hole and into our hands
3 posted on 12/25/2003 9:07:01 PM PST by woofie
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To: Happy2BMe; CheneyChick; vikingchick; Victoria Delsoul; WIMom; kmiller1k; mhking; rdb3; ...

Hey, very well done.

By linking to the printer version of the article, you've bypassed the Washington Post's "Free Republic Filter," thus enabling us to read the article without logging into the WPost.

Very, very cool. Slick and easy.

If this has been accomplished before, I was not aware of it. Pinging everyone.


4 posted on 12/25/2003 9:23:36 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Happy2BMe
The five families/ "It was barzini all along."
5 posted on 12/25/2003 9:28:07 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: Sabertooth
But...but...there's no connection to Iraq and terrorism. The people of Iraq were better off with Saddam. Americans are no safer now. Bush is just a big dumb, bully, and he should quit picking on dictators and tyrants.
6 posted on 12/25/2003 9:29:51 PM PST by Samwise (There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil.)
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To: sheik yerbouty
The Inner Circle

A trusted lieutenant of Hussein, who ultimately pointed U.S. interrogators to the former president's hideout, was one of at least five brothers in Hussein's inner circle, Army officers said. Though U.S. officials have not released the informant's name, they described him as a senior officer in Hussein's elite Special Security Organization with roots in the village of Abu Ajeel, just north of Tikrit.

A longtime confidant, this senior security official emerged as Hussein's "right arm" after U.S. forces captured Hussein's personal secretary, Abid Hamid Mahmud Tikriti, in June, a U.S. military officer said. Tikriti was not replaced, and his duties as Hussein's de facto chief of staff were divided among those in the inner circle, in particular the senior security official and his brothers. The official served as a direct liaison between Hussein and the broader resistance organization.

Hussein himself was a rallying symbol, an irreplaceable "icon," according to Col. James Hickey, whose 1st Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division captured him. But U.S. commanders said they had no evidence that the former president, who moved from one safe house to another and rarely stayed longer than a week in one place, played a role in directing the insurgency.

The loyalists with access to Hussein numbered no more than 40, including those who cooked for him and the drivers who transported him between his estimated 30 hideaways in aging taxis, pickups and riverboats, according to U.S. intelligence estimates.

These inner-circle loyalists, largely middle-aged men referred to by U.S. officers as the "42-inch waistband guys," usually insulate themselves from capture by keeping their distance from attacks on U.S. and allied troops. To avoid detection, they rarely travel with weapons or large amounts of money, slipping to clandestine meetings at modest farmhouses and nondescript cafes.

Their underlings are trusted members of their own families, which can number in the hundreds because men in this region of Iraq frequently take more than one wife and may father more than a dozen children.

Below the top tier are the mid-level operatives who organize specific attacks on U.S. and allied forces, providing arms and arranging financing. At the lowest level are the fighters, who U.S. officials said carry out the ambushes, prepare bombs and fire mortars in return for payments of $250 to $1,000, getting bonuses when they succeed in causing casualties.

7 posted on 12/25/2003 9:32:07 PM PST by Happy2BMe (2004 - Who WILL the TERRORISTS vote for? - - Not George W. Bush, THAT'S for sure!)
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To: Happy2BMe
the "42-inch waistband guys,"

Now wait just one minute....I don't know how to take that!

8 posted on 12/25/2003 9:39:28 PM PST by gg188
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To: Sabertooth; All
GOOGLE Search Term: "Izzat Ibrahim"
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Izzat+Ibrahim%22%0D%0A&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=0

GOOGLE Search Term: "Izzat"
http://www.google.com/search?q=Izzat%22+%0D%0A&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=0

GOOGLE Search Term: "al Duri"
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22al+Duri%22&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=0
9 posted on 12/25/2003 9:48:22 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Sabertooth; All
The interrogations and documents uncovered in the raids, coupled with electronic and other intelligence, repeatedly revealed the involvement of the same extended families and marked the way toward the inner circle.

He he he he

10 posted on 12/25/2003 9:57:32 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: Sabertooth
Bumpity, bump, bump, bump! Thanks so much for the link.

11 posted on 12/25/2003 10:15:44 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul (Freedom isn't won by soundbites but by the unyielding determination and sacrifice given in its cause)
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To: gg188
"Now wait just one minute....I don't know how to take that!"

It may help you feel better all the 42" waist guys had camel breath.

:~)

12 posted on 12/25/2003 10:18:22 PM PST by Happy2BMe (2004 - Who WILL the TERRORISTS vote for? - - Not George W. Bush, THAT'S for sure!)
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To: Victoria Delsoul




Bumpity, bump, bump, bump!

Four?


13 posted on 12/25/2003 10:19:12 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Did you notice these pukes averaged 12 kids apiece!
14 posted on 12/25/2003 10:19:19 PM PST by Happy2BMe (2004 - Who WILL the TERRORISTS vote for? - - Not George W. Bush, THAT'S for sure!)
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To: Sabertooth
"Very, very cool. Slick and easy."

"Put Neidermeyer on it. He's a sneaky little shit just like you." - Animal House

15 posted on 12/25/2003 10:20:24 PM PST by capitan_refugio
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To: Sabertooth
Thank you so much for pinging me to this incredible article.

I hope the "Hopeless 9 1/2" pick up a copy today.
16 posted on 12/25/2003 10:26:35 PM PST by Gracey (Clark/Clinton 2004... Don't say I didn't tell you... Be Vigilant and take seriously)
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To: Happy2BMe
some local guerrillas are demanding higher pay

LOL, I would imagine spiralling life insurance premiums have impacted the Guerilla's salary negotiations of late. BTTT!

17 posted on 12/25/2003 10:27:47 PM PST by sleavelessinseattle (Militant Islam is a political movement NOT a religious one...What does it take to wake up the media?)
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To: Sabertooth
Cool, wonder if this works with the LA Times as well?
18 posted on 12/25/2003 10:38:30 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: farmfriend





Haven't checked it out. I'm quite behind the curve, apparently.


19 posted on 12/25/2003 10:41:33 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: Happy2BMe
Thanks for the ping, and Merry Christmas, good buddy.
20 posted on 12/25/2003 10:43:47 PM PST by JohnHuang2 ("GW is driving the Rat Lunatics into a deeper (QUAGMIRE OF) insanity every day," says Grampa Dave)
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To: Sabertooth
I'm quite behind the curve, apparently.

Still ahead of me though.

21 posted on 12/25/2003 10:44:16 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: Happy2BMe
Great report, thanks!
22 posted on 12/25/2003 11:37:37 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Happy2BMe
I wonder if Sadaam has had sleep yet?
23 posted on 12/26/2003 12:42:32 AM PST by The Raven
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To: Happy2BMe
Now they know it's "No soup for you!"
24 posted on 12/26/2003 2:41:51 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: woofie; Happy2BMe; yall

Dean to Saddam: Hang in there, buddy !
I've already put in a call to Johnny Cochran !



25 posted on 12/26/2003 2:52:48 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: sheik yerbouty

26 posted on 12/26/2003 2:54:26 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: Sabertooth
By linking to the printer version of the article ...

Neat.

27 posted on 12/26/2003 4:12:11 AM PST by PatrickHenry (Merry Christmas to all!)
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To: Happy2BMe
When U.S. forces sealed off Auja in late October, they separated the leaders of the insurgency from their guerrilla forces, dealing the anti-occupation campaign a major blow, said Lt. Col. Steve Russell of the Army's 4th Infantry Division, which is responsible for the Tikrit area.

Remember all the liberal handwringing about this move? "Shades of Auchwitz!" "Barbed wire around the town? Horrible!" "How could we do this?!?"

Turns out we knew what was up.

Liberals: STFU and sit down.

28 posted on 12/26/2003 4:16:35 AM PST by Lazamataz (BadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadger MUSHROOM MUSHROOM.)
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To: Sabertooth; Happy2BMe
By linking to the printer version of the article, you've bypassed the Washington Post's "Free Republic Filter," thus enabling us to read the article without logging into the WPost.

Seconded.

29 posted on 12/26/2003 4:17:43 AM PST by Lazamataz (BadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadger MUSHROOM MUSHROOM.)
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To: Happy2BMe
Did you notice these pukes averaged 12 kids apiece!

Good men and women need to xcrew more.

30 posted on 12/26/2003 4:19:54 AM PST by Lazamataz (BadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadgerBadger MUSHROOM MUSHROOM.)
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To: Happy2BMe
12 kids per Muslim mafia crime family. These scum prolly did great when Saddamite was in power.
31 posted on 12/26/2003 4:22:58 AM PST by dennisw
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To: Lazamataz
Printing articles like this must be very painful for the Compost and nY Slimes.
32 posted on 12/26/2003 4:32:12 AM PST by doosee
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To: MeeknMing
Plenty of turkey and dressing though - even some non-Muslim food - Fresh Ham!
33 posted on 12/26/2003 5:40:33 AM PST by Happy2BMe (2004 - Who WILL the TERRORISTS vote for? - - Not George W. Bush, THAT'S for sure!)
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To: dennisw; SJackson; yall; MeeknMing
"12 kids per Muslim mafia crime family."

If it works in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syrai, Lebanon, Qutar, Turkey, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Saudia Arabia and all other Islamic (and former non-Islamic) nations, why won't it work in America too?

If the Netherlands, France, Germany, and the rest of Europe are any indication of thirty years from now, (if status quo reamins the same) we could be discussing this from The United States of Islamica at the risk of getting our heads cut off.


FROM JOSEPH FARAH'S G2 BULLETIN
Radical Islam's 'plan'
to take over America

Arab-American author outlines secret
20-year strategy to undermine country


Posted: August 4, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern

9. Accelerate Islamic demographic growth via:



34 posted on 12/26/2003 5:50:17 AM PST by Happy2BMe (2004 - Who WILL the TERRORISTS vote for? - - Not George W. Bush, THAT'S for sure!)
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To: Happy2BMe
bump
35 posted on 12/26/2003 6:38:35 AM PST by alrea (let's go back to when liberalism meant gaining more freedom from central authority)
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To: Happy2BMe
I had some fried Buzzard yesterday at my cousin's house ! I met my Dad and other relatives there.

Well, my cousin kept telling me it was Buzzard, anyway ! It was fried turkey. It was delicious too ! I told my cousin it was the best fried buzzard I had ever had, lol !


36 posted on 12/26/2003 6:49:57 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: Happy2BMe; Dog
Among those most highly sought is Izzat Ibrahim, Hussein's deputy and a native of Dawr, who also uses his clan's name, Douri. U.S. military officers said that they have conflicting information about Ibrahim's role in the resistance, including reports that he is little more than an infirm lackey rather than a key operational figure.

Hmmm, first time I'd heard these doubts.

37 posted on 12/26/2003 7:31:55 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Coop
"Hmmm, first time I'd heard these doubts."

You do know it is honorable in Islam for a Muslime to lie to an infidel if the lie is to protect another Muslime, do you not?

It's right in the Koran.

Trustworthy? Honest?

Oh yeah baby!

Hey Akhmed - got a spare cigarette?

38 posted on 12/26/2003 7:34:51 AM PST by Happy2BMe (2004 - Who WILL the TERRORISTS vote for? - - Not George W. Bush, THAT'S for sure!)
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To: MeeknMing
I would love to get a real T-shirt like that...complete with the DU website. On the back I would like a Dean '04 sign.

what a combination! Most folks would think Dean is for freeing Saddam and that DU also supports it. Imagine the anger that would be directed at DU and Dean and Clark. I like it!

39 posted on 12/26/2003 7:44:41 AM PST by Solson (Our work is the presentation of our capabilities. - Von Goethe)
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To: Solson
LOL ! I love it ! I oughta take that T-shirt and make
a mock front/back with the back as you say ! hahaha !

40 posted on 12/26/2003 8:14:26 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Hillary is a TRAITOR !!: http://Richard.Meek.home.comcast.net/HitlerTraitor6.JPG)
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To: MeeknMing
i'd buy one...put the clark and dean bumperticker lookalike's on the back
41 posted on 12/26/2003 8:37:14 AM PST by Solson (Our work is the presentation of our capabilities. - Von Goethe)
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Hey! It has been so long since I have since a post with your name on it.. Have I been out of touch? or was it you?

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
42 posted on 12/26/2003 8:42:11 AM PST by Mr. K
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To: Sabertooth
Thank you for the tip and the ping!
43 posted on 12/26/2003 9:52:22 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Mr. K
It has been so long since I have since a post with your name on it.. Have I been out of touch? or was it you?

I've been here, and I'll be here as long as I enjoy this place, and right now I'm having a great time. Merry Christmas, Mr. K to you and your adorable little girls.

44 posted on 12/26/2003 10:07:57 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul (Freedom isn't won by soundbites but by the unyielding determination and sacrifice given in its cause)
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To: MeeknMing
ROFL!
45 posted on 12/27/2003 6:30:47 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: Happy2BMe
You do know it is honorable in Islam for a Muslime to lie to an infidel if the lie is to protect another Muslime, do you not?

You do know our intel agencies know this kind of thing, don't you?

46 posted on 12/29/2003 3:48:36 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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