How could anyone even think that Americans and "Zionists" could possibly sneak into the Western provinces of Iraq (through Syria, of all places?) without the knowledge of Saddam and his secret police, carrying large quantities of WMD, no less? It does sound like a DU conspiracy theory.
Sounds like the start of a disinformation campaign that got interrupted by the Liberation. 1st you write the offical documents, then you leak it to your tame stoodges in the Western Media. Remember what the ex-head of CNN admited to doing so he could keep the Bagdad office open?
I bet that they were afraid that the UN inspectors may find out Saddam regime hidden WMD or its precursors in the Western Desert and the regime was ready of accusing the US of plating it there.