Skip to comments.Pentagon report says Russia gave Iraq intelligence
Posted on 03/24/2006 2:06:54 PM PST by bnelson44
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia provided intelligence to Iraq's government on U.S. military movements in the opening days of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, a Pentagon report released on Friday said.
The report said an April 2, 2003, document from the Iraqi minister of foreign affairs to President Saddam Hussein stated that Russian intelligence had reported information on American troops plans to the Iraqis through the Russian ambassador.
The intelligence, the document stated, was that the American forces were moving to cut off Baghdad from the south, east and north, that U.S. bombing would concentrate on Baghdad and that the assault on Baghdad would not begin before around April 15. In fact, Baghdad fell about a week before that date.
"Significantly, the regime was also receiving intelligence from the Russians that fed suspicions that the attack out of Kuwait was merely a diversion," the report stated.
Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Cucolo of U.S. Joint Forces Command told a briefing he viewed Russia's decision to give intelligence to Saddam's government as "driven by economic interests." The report noted Russian business interests in Iraqi oil.
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Plain and simple this was an act of war....another time and place this would have started WWIII.
Unless it was disinformation....
They will probably do the same thing with Iran too.
Explains all those trucks pouring out of Iraq and into Syria now just doesn't it.
Not that I needed this bit of 411 to figure that out.
Too bad he didn't get blasted in Bagdad. I bet he's not there now.
I forget the name, but the "Russian Ambasador" at the time, was also found to have gotten ~ 1.5mil in Oil for Food vouchers.
Now we know what that one was about... I wonder about the other hundreds of millions....
The Russian ambassador in March 2003 was Vladimir Teterenko. Teterenko appears in documents released by the Volker Commission, which investigated the Oil for Food scandal, as receiving allocations of 3 million barrels of oil worth roughly $1.5 million.
Surprising how the cost of oil was 50 cents. Maybe my math is wrong, but if I have 3 million widgets worth $1.5 million, what is the value of each widget?
It's never too late to do the right thing.
We're not going to Iran, however.
and there it is...
"They" won't have the info on our approach to Iran.
"Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Cucolo of U.S. Joint Forces Command told a briefing he viewed Russia's decision to give intelligence to Saddam's government as "driven by economic interests." The report noted Russian business interests in Iraqi oil."
Such a call would generally be outside the purview of a general in my opinion. This is the sort of thing that would be elucidated by the State Department---if we really had a State Department.