Skip to comments.Al-Jazeera to air interview: Iraq ex-Republican Guard Chief of Staff to reveal all? (Jack of clubs)
Posted on 04/07/2007 9:30:58 PM PDT by Int
Al-Jazeera to broadcast interview with former Iraqi commander on 8 April
Doha Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel Television in Arabic at 1028 gmt on 6 April carries the following announcement:
"In the first interview with the media, Staff General Sayf al-Din al-Rawi, commander of the Iraqi Republican Guard and number 14 on the playing cards list of most wanted people, will speak about why the Baghdad defence plan collapsed and where the Iraqi Army's weapons and equipment went following the occupation of the Iraqi capital.
The commander of the Iraqi Republican Guard will speak to Al-Jazeera in an exclusive interview.
The first part of the interview will be aired at 1705 gmt on 8 April."
The video shows a man wearing a keffiyeh, sitting in a dim-lit room which blacks-out his face.
Source: Al-Jazeera TV, Doha, in Arabic 1028 gmt 6 Apr 07
Waiting for MSM to pick this up and air interview prime time. Not holding breath.
Well is he going to discuss the Soviet plan to move out the WMD to Syria and destory the rest?
Since it’s being broadcast via Al Jajizm, one can conclude it surely will not.
Easy. We kicked the cr@p out of them.
The better interview would be of whatever Iraqi is still alive who managed to hear Saddam being given really, really bad advice by the French that if he just ignored President Bush’s ultimatum, that Saddam would prevail and Bush wouldn’t really invade.
Some really, really low IQ’s are out there in the world...
“where the Iraqi Army’s weapons and equipment went following the occupation of the Iraqi capital.”
What weapons and equipment? I thought it didn’t exist. You know Bush lied and all that.
For once, I think I actually want to figure out where Al Jazeera is on DirectTV (if it is).
I doubt they will provide the English translation, as their primary audience operates in arabic. Do you know the language?
The democrats love Al-Jazeera but this story they will claim is false and planted by Bush’s black ops boys.
FReeper jveritas speaks Arabic.
I look forward to his debriefing no matter what it is he ends up saying.
Based on the record of Al-Jajizm, the major TV carriers were notified of their activities re: reportage as such and they volunteered not to carry it.
Their English propaganda is available on the web and makes for a fascinating visit although posting on a story is not wise unless you like your efforts being censored outright.
Of course the jihadists at Al Jajizm wouldn’t see any issue with that. As they only block out what is not acceptable to their Arab (Sunni tribal) sensibility.
Now if you have a jihadist tape that needs airing...
Before he starts speaking his line, it would be useful to find out where he’s living and what he does for a living. That’ll tell you quite a bit.
If he tell you he lives in Damascus, you know he’s on the payroll of the terror masters.
Being interviewed, no doubt, by Clifford Al-Irvini?
People are talking about you ping!
Al-Jazeera Satellite Television at 1707 gmt on 8 April carries an exclusive interview with General Sayf-al-Din al-Rawi, former commander of the Iraqi Republican Guard, on the 4th anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. Al-Rawi is shown sitting in the shadow. Al-Jazeera TV carries a screen caption saying that Al-Rawi's picture was obscured "upon his request."
Asked about the general situation of the Iraqi military commanders during the 48-hour ultimatum US President George Bush gave in March 2003 for Saddam Husayn and his two sons to leave Iraq, Al-Rawi says this ultimatum served the former Iraqi Army to be more prepared for confrontations with the US Army.
He adds that a meeting chaired by former Iraqi President Saddam Husayn was convened in the Republican Palace following Bush's ultimatum.
He quotes Saddam as saying that "if the enemy manages to achieve its goal, new leaders from the people will emerge" and will force "the enemy" to leave Iraq, and that "the United States will fall."
Al-Rawi confirms that the Iraqi military or political commanders did not convene any meeting in Al-Dawrah, which the US forces announced as the "target of opportunity" to hit Saddam and other Iraqi commanders.
Al-Rawi notes that several meetings were held with commanders of the air defence and the Republican Guard forces and chaired by Qusay Saddam, who was the supervisor of the Republican Guard forces then.
Al-Rawi speaks of the military tactics used during the first days of the US strike on Baghdad and how the Iraqi Army dealt with the US bombardments on the city.
He notes that during the first US strike on Baghdad, code-named as Shock and Awe, the casualties among the Iraqi Army were "limited."
Al-Rawi then speaks of the distribution of roles among the various corps, regiments, and brigades of the former Iraqi Army during the 2003 US strike on Baghdad.
At 1734 gmt, Al-Rawi speaks of the distribution of the Republican Guard forces across Iraq before and during the 2003 war.
Al-Rawi says that if Qusay Saddam had been tasked with defending Baghdad only, defending Baghdad would have taken a different course. He adds that Qusay's efforts were dispersed and his focus was diverted from the centre to the outskirts of Baghdad.
Speaking of chemical weapons and weapons of mass destruction, Al-Rawi says: "We are accused of possessing weapons of mass destruction while we have none. Yet, they struck us." He adds that the political leadership in Iraq showed the "highest degree of flexibility" to avoid the war.
Commenting on the Iranian role in the region, Al-Rawi says that "Iran is the enemy of the entire Arab nation."
Speaking of the Jordanian role in the US war on Iraq, Al-Rawi says that some US defence forces and collaborators entered Iraq through Jordan.
Asked about the Iraqi Army commanders' expectations about the US attack, Al-Rawi says that the ground offensive by the US forces on the first or second day of the war was not expected. He adds that the Iraqi Army did not expect the US forces to launch air strikes and ground offensives simultaneously.
At 1755 gmt, Al-Jazeera TV ends what it says is the first part of the exclusive interview with General Al-Rawi. Al-Jazeera's correspondent Abd-al-Azim Muhammad says the second part will discuss the remaining days of confrontations between the Iraqi forces and the US Army in the 2003 war on Iraq.
Source: Al-Jazeera TV, Doha, in Arabic 1707 gmt 8 Apr 07
The Qatar-based network gave no date for the purported footage of elite Republican Guards chief Saifeddin Fulayh Hassan Taha al-Rawi, who was number 14 on the most wanted list drawn up by the US military for the 2003 invasion.
Rawi, who carries a one million dollar US bounty on his head, was also jack of spades on the "deck of cards" of 55 most wanted supects distributed by the Pentagon at the outset of the invasion.
In the footage shown, Rawi accuses US forces of using neutron and phosphorus bombs during their assault on Baghdad airport ahead of the capture of the Iraqi capital.
His face is difficult to identify due to low light, but he is seen sitting in what appears to be a living room wearing a black and white kefiya, the traditional Arab headdress.
"The enemy used neutron and phosporus weapons against Baghdad airport... there were bodies burnt to their bones," he says, adding that elite Iraqi soldiers "fought until they were martyred."
The channel said that the clip was an excerpt from a longer interview, more of which it would air later.
Saddam, for all of his many faults, seems to have had a pretty good understanding of the Democrat party.
Text of report by Qatari Al-Jazeera satellite TV on 7 April
General Sayf-al-Din al-Rawi, former commander of the Iraqi Republican Guard, said that the US forces used neutron bombs during the battle of the [Baghdad] Airport in 2003. Al-Rawi said this in an exclusive interview conducted by our correspondent with General Al-Rawi.
[Begin Al-Rawi video recording] The airport had 2,000 fighters from the Special Guard, a tank brigade from the Special Guard, four combat units that include two mechanized divisions and two Special Forces divisions. Each unit had 500 elite troops. They were well equipped with the best weapons, and they had excellent air defence. The forces were prepared for defence, but not for countering an attack that constitutes a major effort by the enemy. May God help the Special Guards! The enemy used neutron weapons against Baghdad Airport. There are bombs that are dropped on the airport; they kill people, but do not destroy buildings or equipment. They showed burned bodies, which were left in bones only. They used 9-tonne bombs and incendiary bombs that burn the area of an entire brigade. They were phosphorous bombs. They used elements that paralyse movement. None of those who went to defend the airport returned. They fought until they were martyred.
Source: Al-Jazeera TV, Doha, in Arabic 2037 gmt 7 Apr 07
Int, thanks for the heads up.
Notice that Saddam didn’t say the “Iraqi” people would rise up or that new “Iraqi” leaders would emerge to cause the US to fall. I’m sure he had somebody like Pelosi in mind....
I found the transcript in English on FR this
afternoon, but now it’s gone. I’ll send it to
you if I run across it again.
Please post me when you finish your analysis.
Duh. It was pinged to me this morning.
Sometimes I wonder how I get through the
Al-Jazeera to air interview: Iraq ex-Republican
Guard Chief of Staff to reveal all? (Jack of clubs)
The way that General Sayf-al-Din al-Rawi talks about “martyrs” and Iran as the enemy of the entire state of Iraq makes me think that the General is still allied with Sunni insurgents.