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Saddam's Henchmen Are Confirmed To Be In Syria
National Review Online ^ | April 9, 2003 | Jed Babbin

Posted on 04/10/2003 6:54:53 AM PDT by KriegerGeist

Latakia
April 9, 2003

Jed Babbin
NRO Contributor

There is too much to report, and most of it will have to wait for the morning. But now, as I write this, many of the most senior of Saddam's henchmen are confirmed to be in Syria. The resort city of Latakia, with its beautiful beaches, now hosts them. And Syrian banks hold many millions that were looted from Iraq. Intelligence sources--the best of them--report that the Saddam regime's top people and their families are now in Syria. It may be the top five or the top ten, but the traffic into Latakia from Baghdad over the past week or two has been very heavy. Beach? Someone needs to dial 1-800-SEALS and 011-44-207-SBS.

All are not smiling in Baghdad. Especially those who were members of the Baath party. At least one of them is dead, hanged by an angry mob. There is some popular revenge, and we may not be able to stop it. Our guys only hold about twenty-five percent of Baghdad securely.Consider one fact: Oliver North confirms that of the "Saddam fedayeen" encountered so far, none--zero--have been identified as Iraqis. Among the ones who engaged the Marines, which means among the dead, there are Jordanians, Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians, Sudanese, Afghanis, and some from the UAE. But no Iraqis. Imported terrorists, not home grown. More tomorrow morning.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baath; baghdad; fedayeen; henchmen; hussein; iraq; latakia; saddam; syria
We need to take care of this threat before it becomes another headquarters of terror from Syria to disrupt post-war Iraq.
1 posted on 04/10/2003 6:54:54 AM PDT by KriegerGeist
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2 posted on 04/10/2003 6:56:17 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Geist Krieger
What's that police term for following the bad guys across the state border?
3 posted on 04/10/2003 6:58:46 AM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
I think it's death in the middle of the night by shadowy mystery Israeli intelligence officers ;)
4 posted on 04/10/2003 7:00:15 AM PDT by Steven W.
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
As Jackie Gleason would say (Smokey and the Bandit) "We are in Hot pursuit!"....
5 posted on 04/10/2003 7:00:53 AM PDT by maeng
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
I think it called the right of hot pursuit.

It should be utilized in the case of Syria.

Leni

6 posted on 04/10/2003 7:01:43 AM PDT by MinuteGal (THIS JUST IN ! Astonishing fare reduction for FReeps Ahoy Cruise! Check it out, pronto!)
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To: Geist Krieger
The henchmen who fled won't be sleeping too well. On the one hand I can bet Syria will only tolerate them as long as they have money and shut up. On the other hand, they have to worry about strange visitors in the night. They are not exempt from the war on terror just because they are a few miles away in Syria. And who knows? Perhaps in the near future they, and Assad's henchmen will have to flee to Libya.
7 posted on 04/10/2003 7:02:12 AM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Steven W.
Do we do the polite thing and first ask President Assad to turn over these sh#tbirds, or do we just skip the pleasantries and the expected negative response and order the 3rd Armored Division to hang a left and head for Damascus?
8 posted on 04/10/2003 7:02:26 AM PDT by Camerican
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To: Geist Krieger
I wonder if Assad Jr. can spell JDAM?
9 posted on 04/10/2003 7:03:14 AM PDT by geedee
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To: Geist Krieger
"Saddam's Henchmen Are Confirmed To Be In Syria"

Chirac and Shroeder?
10 posted on 04/10/2003 7:03:15 AM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: Camerican
Or can we just say "Oops" when that missle strays?
11 posted on 04/10/2003 7:03:29 AM PDT by maeng
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To: Geist Krieger
...the most senior of Saddam's henchmen are confirmed to be in Syria.....

Unsubstantiated allegation. No names , no wives names, no photos, nothing but some salable words on a page.

12 posted on 04/10/2003 7:04:36 AM PDT by bert (Don't Panic !)
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To: Geist Krieger
At least one of them is dead, hanged by an angry mob. There is some popular revenge, and we may not be able to stop it.

Why would we want to?

So9

13 posted on 04/10/2003 7:05:41 AM PDT by Servant of the Nine (Republicans for Sharpton)
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To: Geist Krieger
Right.

It looks like Iraq was structured very closely along Afghanistan Taliban lines: a foreign mercenary force, staffed by Palestinians, Egyptians, Syrians, Saudis and other fundamentalist nuts supressing a native population and taking the entire state over and using it like a virus uses a body cell for a host - to produce more terrorism eslewhere.

They have to do something about Syria until these stupid, fanatical haters get the message.
15 posted on 04/10/2003 7:06:51 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: All
His henchmen? But where are the dastardly masterminds associated with this evil-doer?

Sometimes I feel like I'm reading a Batman comic book when I see these reports.

(My apologies for the interruption. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.)
16 posted on 04/10/2003 7:07:48 AM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (Did you liberals say something? It's all just clicks and buzzes over here.)
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To: Camerican
Politically, war with Syria is a different animal altogether than with Iraq.

IMO, it would be the US and Israel alone...a bad move for Globalism.

17 posted on 04/10/2003 7:07:53 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Geist Krieger
For what its worth, Phil Hendrie said days ago that Saddam himself is in Syria at a resort hotel on the beach. Now, Phil usually is a comdeidian but for some reason seems dead serious about this. For what its worth.
19 posted on 04/10/2003 7:18:15 AM PDT by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: Geist Krieger
Syria should have learned quite a lesson. Perhaps this is what we should do diplomatically first:

1. Demand that all money taken from Iraq be returned and cooperate with freezing assets

2. Turn over for trial those who are suspected of war crimes.

3. Give them specific intel about terrorist training camps and tell them to destroy them.

4. Give them a list of other bad guys suspected to be in their country for an "interview" with us.

5. Present to them their own Resolution 1441. I think that we just showed the world what full compliance means. If they want to cooperate with the UN this time, that's fine. If not, that's fine, too.

6. Release political prisoners and immediately end human rights abuses.

7. End all funding of terrorism anywhere in the world.

It is their choice to do it the easy way or the hard way.

20 posted on 04/10/2003 7:21:00 AM PDT by doug from upland (Send Al Sharpton 5 bucks so he can wreak havoc in his party)
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To: Camerican
It would be better to snatch them quietly by dark of night if possible. Their disappearance would speak volumes to the other potential terrorists.
21 posted on 04/10/2003 7:22:40 AM PDT by Sender
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To: Geist Krieger
Looks like they need a place to stay after listing their last residence for sale!


22 posted on 04/10/2003 7:23:31 AM PDT by hripka (There are a lot of smart people out there in FReeperLand)
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To: Geist Krieger
WooHoo! Bashar, you're toast :))).
23 posted on 04/10/2003 7:25:01 AM PDT by Cachelot (~ In waters near you ~)
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To: notorious vrc
Perhaps, but if they are stupid enough to be on the beach a seaborne raid might enable a mass arrest and not actually ruffle any Syrian feathers. They get the money, we get the people.

We can then fight over the real issues between USA and Syria.

The way to deal wit Syria is to say "Ariel! Damascus!"

24 posted on 04/10/2003 7:25:47 AM PDT by bert (Don't Panic !)
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To: Geist Krieger
*Bump* !!
25 posted on 04/10/2003 7:27:49 AM PDT by ex-Texan (primates capitulards toujours en quete de fromage!)
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To: Geist Krieger
DEBKA reported this over a week ago. I loathe to admit it, but DEBKA scooped the world on this one.
26 posted on 04/10/2003 7:30:27 AM PDT by Mister Magoo
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To: Geist Krieger
Syria might just want to think REAL, REAL hard about harboring these criminals......
27 posted on 04/10/2003 7:38:50 AM PDT by b4its2late (I know what's best for you.)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
High speed pursuit.

29 posted on 04/10/2003 7:44:44 AM PDT by tomball
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To: doug from upland
Yes doug, His henchmen must be tried for their war crimes, and they will be.
30 posted on 04/10/2003 7:48:51 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: doug from upland
Shades of Afghanistan.

So anyone want to start a pool about when Bush will deliver the "Fork them over," speech?

31 posted on 04/10/2003 7:58:10 AM PDT by SodiumWarthog (There's the proper colloqialisim...)
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To: SodiumWarthog
maybe today??????
32 posted on 04/10/2003 7:59:32 AM PDT by rrrod
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33 posted on 04/10/2003 8:02:56 AM PDT by KneelBeforeZod (Deus Lo Volt!)
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To: maeng
As Jackie Gleason would say (Smokey and the Bandit) "We are in Hot pursuit!"....

After we drop a MOAB on Damascus, "Now that's an attention getter."

34 posted on 04/10/2003 8:04:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
"The US Air Force is moving several 21,000-pound MOAB bombs, the largest US conventional bomb, to the Gulf region, a US defense official said. It was not clear what the air force intends to do with the bombs, which are most effective against troops or tanks in open areas. "What we were told today is that they are on the way," said the defense official, who asked not to be identified. He said several were being shipped to the Gulf region." Sooooo, maybe a little hotter pursuit than originally thought!!!!!
35 posted on 04/10/2003 8:08:25 AM PDT by maeng
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To: Geist Krieger
Over the past year there have been reports that Saddam moved many of his palace treasures and weapons out of Iraq into Syria and other places. I believe that in the first Gulf War some of them went to Sudan, and Saddam's air force was flown to fields in Iran.

A lot of this stuff cross the borders months ago.

Now the question is, do we want to do a hot pursuit, or a deliberate pursuit. Any way you slice it, Syria and Iran are next on the list. Although I simply can't imagine that they would be stupid enough not to surrender Saddam's henchmen if Bush asks, after seeing what happened to the Taliban under similar circumstances.
36 posted on 04/10/2003 10:25:37 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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