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CIA ABDUCTED FORMER IRAQI GENERAL FROM DENMARK
Deutsche Presse-Agentur | March 22, 2003

Posted on 03/22/2003 9:48:01 AM PST by Wallaby

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CIA abducted former Iraqi general from Denmark; tabloid report
Deutsche Presse-Agentur
March 22, 2003, Saturday  
13:24 Central European Time

Copenhagen

Former Iraqi general Nizar al-Khazraji, who disappeared Monday while under house arrest in Denmark, was abducted to Saudi Arabia by CIA agents, the Danish tabloid B.T. reported Saturday.


Al-Khazraji allegedly was spirited out of his Danish home, where he had been under house arrest since November.
Four CIA agents had kidnapped the former army chief-of-staff, who had been living as a refugee in the town of Soroe west of Copenhagen since 1999, first to Germany and then to Saudi Arabia by special plane, the report said.

Al-Kharaji led the Iraqi forces between 1987-1990 and has been accused of involvement in chemical attacks against the Kurdish minority in northern Iraq. He fled Iraq in 1995 and has denied involvement in attacks on Kurds.

Al-Khazraji allegedly was spirited out of his Danish home, where he had been under house arrest since November while Danish authorities investigated his involvement.

Police officials said it could not be ruled out that the former general had been taken by the CIA, and said it was unclear whether this would have been done against his will or not.

Danish prosecutors issued an international arrest warrant via Interpol for the al-Khazraji. dpa tb emc jm



TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alkhazraji; cia; denmark; iraq; iraqidefectors; jihadnextdoor; khazraji; nizar; terrorwar; warlist
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United Press International
March 20, 1996, Wednesday

Iraqi army officer defects to Jordan

LONDON, March 20

A former Iraqi army chief of staff has defected to the opposition in the ''self-haven'' area of Kurdish northern Iraq, the opposition Iraqi National Congress said Wednesday. It said Gen. Nizar al-Khazraji, who was chief of staff during the 1991 Persian Gulf War [not according to the other articles], had ''entered the liberated areas in Iraqi Kurdistan on his way to Jordan.''

Al-Khazraji was also commander of the army's 7th Division during the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war, the group said. It did not say when he defected or give any further details of his flight.

Al-Khazraji, a Shiite Arab from southern Iraq, was captured by dissidents during the April 1991 uprising in the south that followed the Gulf War but was released and returned to Baghdad, the congress said. The U.S.-led military coalition that drove Iraqi invasion forces from Kuwait made northern Iraq a safe haven area for Iraqi Kurds.

A number of high-ranking Iraqi officers have defected to the opposition since the war. President Saddam Hussein's sons-in-law, Lt. Gen Hussein Kamel al- Majid and his brother Lt. Col. Saddam Kamel al-Majid, defected to Jordan in August 1995 but returned to Iraq mid-February. The two brothers, with their father and a third brother, were killed just days later when clansmen, angered by their defection, stormed the house where they were staying.


21 posted on 03/22/2003 11:21:47 AM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Wallaby
BT is a tabloid, but that doesn't mean they don't hit the truth once in a while, if this is true, I am all for it.
22 posted on 03/22/2003 11:45:09 AM PST by Great Dane
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To: Wallaby; *war_list; W.O.T.; 11th_VA; Libertarianize the GOP; Free the USA; knak; MadIvan; ...
Maybe he knows where to find the nasty weapons!

OFFICIAL BUMP(TOPIC)LIST

23 posted on 03/22/2003 11:50:39 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Where is Saddam?)
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To: Nita Nuprez; Wallaby
"I doubt the capacity of the Iraqi army to fight, particularly if communications are cut between Saddam Hussein and his top commanders," Khazraji said in an interview with the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat.

Hmmm, hasn't that just happened?

24 posted on 03/22/2003 12:36:54 PM PST by aristeides
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To: aristeides
Yeah, that's one reason I posted that article. Someone has been doing a lot of planning. I wonder if the general knew he was going to be "kidnapped?"
25 posted on 03/22/2003 1:09:09 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Nita Nuprez; aristeides; Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks for the background, Nita. Here's an interesting claim in an Australian article that appeared 7 hours ago

CIA HAS IRAQI GENERAL

In February last year London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat quoted opposition sources in Syria as saying the US had chosen Khazraji to run Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam.

26 posted on 03/22/2003 1:58:19 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Great Dane
"Exiles in bid to turn commanders," by Lydia Georgi in Dubai, The Sunday Tasmanian, 23 March 2003:
EXILED Iraqi army officers are in contact with former comrades under President Saddam Hussein's command to persuade them to switch sides, an opposition spokesman has confirmed.

"Contacts are under way with Iraqi army commanders, chiefly in the Republican Guard," Albert Yelda, of the Iraqi National Coalition, an umbrella group including ex-officers, said from Londo


27 posted on 03/22/2003 2:06:39 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Wallaby
Two of your articles say Khazraji was "touted as a possible successor to President Saddam Hussein." Then we have in the Australian article of a few hours ago: "In February last year London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat quoted opposition sources in Syria as saying the US had chosen Khazraji to run Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam." I think it is a safe bet we'll be hearing a lot more about this Khazraji.
28 posted on 03/22/2003 2:13:58 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Wallaby
I would think there is one huge Negotiation Party going on right now behind the scenes. Meanwhile, the press is waiting for another display of 'Shockinaw' to boost their ratings. lol.

Did you see the thread about Bob Arnot reporting about the anthrax? The thread is a tortuous read because of the flame wars, so holler if you want a synopsis.
29 posted on 03/22/2003 2:16:41 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Wallaby
I think it is a safe bet we'll be hearing a lot more about this Khazraji.

I agree. All the old AP articles I read said that Saddam replaced him a few months before Gulf War I because he disagreed with the decision to invade Kuwait. Five years later, he defects but remains in touch with his former colleagues in the military. He sounds like a valuable asset to me, assuming he's not the one who gassed the Kurds.

30 posted on 03/22/2003 2:21:35 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Wallaby
 

The Associated Press
April 3, 1996

Former Iraqi Chief of Staff Vows to Topple Saddam

AMMAN, Jordan

A former Iraqi chief of staff who defected last month vowed Wednesday to coordinate with disgruntled army officers and rebel groups to topple Saddam Hussein.

In his first public statement since defecting to Jordan on March 21, Lt. Gen. Nizar al-Khazraji said he had close links with the Iraqi National Accord, an opposition group composed mainly of former Iraqi army officers and diplomats.

"The suffering and the great catastrophe of our Iraqi people caused by Saddam Hussein, his sons Odai and Qusai and the few thugs supporting him is known to everyone," the one-page statement said.

"The desolation of Iraq was created by Saddam's belligerent ... policies, which will destroy Iraq and the region at large," said Al-Khazraji, adding that he would work for "the final and decisive stage of liberation and salvation of our country"

The general, who was Iraq's chief of staff during the last three years of the 1980-88 war with Iran, fled Baghdad through the Kurdish-rebel-controlled north of Iraq.

Iraqi dissidents said Al-Khazraji, who comes from a renowned family of military officers, was dismissed by Saddam in 1990 when he protested the invasion of Kuwait.



Xinhua News Agency
APRIL 4, 1996

defector general joins iraqi opposition party

amman, april 4

general nizar al khazraji, iraq's former army chief of staff who defected to jordan last month, has announced that he joined the iraqi national accord movement, an exile group opposed to the regime of saddam hussein. khazraji, who has been granted to stay in jordan for one-month but not political asylum, was described by iraqi exiles as a credible and honest military officer, according to today's english-language daily jordan times.

the iraqi national accord movement opened its regional office here last week. breaking a self-assumed silence more than 10 days after he arrived here following his defection from iraq, the general, a shiite from southern iraq, accused saddam regime of destroying "the sovereignty and integrity of iraq, its people and its armed forces."

"the desolation of iraq was created by saddam's belligerent and ill-conceived policies which have and will destroy iraq and the region," he said in a statement issued wednesday.

according to well-informed sources, khazraji did not address the media after his defection through northern iraq and arrival in jordan before wednesday because he was involved in "intense contacts" with other iraqi groups and did not want to state a public position until he was sure of broad support. the sources declined to reveal the outcome of the general's contacts.

western diplomats and media here did not show great interest in the former army chief of staff, doubting whether he will have vital military information since he has been living in a low profile in iraq for several years. they also doubt his ability to gather all the iraqi exile opposition groups around him after hussein kamel, the son-in-law of president saddam hussein, who defected to jordan last august, failed to do so and got killed following his return to baghdad.

 


31 posted on 03/22/2003 2:46:24 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Wallaby

Two more names associated with al-Khazraji to watch:  Wafiq Samerrai and Nizar al-Qaseer

 

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Associated Press Worldstream
April 08, 1996

By JAMAL HALABY

AMMAN, Jordan

The former chief of Iraq's military intelligence, Wafiq Samerrai, has arrived in Jordan and plans to stay at the Arab kingdom for an unspecified time.

Information Minister Marwan Mouasher told an informal press briefing Monday that Samerrai ''asked to come to Jordan and the government has accepted his request.''

''He did not ask for political asylum, but requested to come and reside for a while,'' Mouasher said. ''We are not sure how long that will be.''

Samerrai arrived in Jordan on Thursday from Saudi Arabia, where he performed the minor Muslim pilgrimage, or umra, to the holy shrines in Mecca and Medina.

Iraqi dissidents on Saturday reported the arrival of Samerrai, who has been living in Syria since his defection in 1994. They said he was in Jordan on a brief visit to coordinate policies with the Iraqi National Accord, an opposition group that opened offices in the Jordanian capital in February.

Samerrai is the second Iraqi general to be allowed to live in the kingdom, which is trying to rally Iraqi opposition groups to join hands in a unified anti-Saddam Hussein front.

In February, the government gave permission for residency to Lt. Gen. Nizar al-Khazraji, the Iraqi army's chief of staff until Baghdad's August 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Jordan has in recent months been trying to distance itself from Iraq, its one-time ally. It has publicly attacked the Iraqi leadership and granted asylum to senior Iraqi defectors.

Samerrai carries considerable weight among exiled Iraqi opposition groups. His stay in Jordan, if it becomes permanent, could deal a serious blow to efforts by Syria to forge a Damascus-based, anti-Saddam alliance to counter what is widely seen as Jordanian efforts to gain influence in Iraq.

Jordan has denied that it harbors any ambitions in neighboring Iraq. It says its primary concern is to help end the suffering of the Iraqi people, burdened by crippling U.N. Sanctions imposed after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

Jordan's relations with Syria, its northern neighbor, have been tense since the kingdom signed a peace treaty with Israel in October 1994, departing from promises not to break Arab ranks and cut a separate deal with the Jewish state.

Relations worsened when Jordan undertook an active role in Iraqi affairs, challenging Syria's own efforts to gain leverage among Iraqi dissidents.

Syria is Iraq's sworn Arab enemy. The two Middle Eastern neighbors have for decades been locked in ideological disputes arising from the fact that they are ruled by rival factions of the Baath party.


The Associated Press
July 29, 1996

Former Minister Defects From Saddam Hussein's Regime

CAIRO, Egypt

The engineer who supervised construction of a "super gun" for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's artillery has defected and is seeking asylum in Germany, Iraqi dissidents said Monday.

Nizar al-Qaseer, who also served as irrigation minister until he was sacked last year, slipped into Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq and sought the help of Kurdish rebels, the dissidents said.

They said al-Qaseer, who is accompanied by his family, wants to go to Germany, where he studied engineering.

The dissidents, who live in Jordan, spoke on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, an Iraqi opposition group claimed three of its members were killed Thursday when their plot to assassinate Saddam was uncovered.

Their plot was uncovered minutes before the men were to board a helicopter to the Habaniya resort, where they planned to attack Saddam, the National Democratic Trend said in a statement faxed to The Associated Press.

The men, all members of the air force, were killed by Iraqi security, the statement said. It identified them as Maj. Fawzi Karim Al-Hamadani, Capt. Hussam Aldin Khalaf Al-Assadi and Abdellah Ghaidan, a non-commissioned officer.

The report could not be confirmed independently.

Both Iraqi opposition groups and Israeli media recently have reported the executions of dozens of army officers after what they said was a failed coup attempt in June. Several air force officers also were arrested, opposition groups said.

The latest defection follows the March departure from Iraq of Gen. Nizar al-Khazraji, a former chief of staff of the Iraqi army. Al-Khazraji directed the armed forces during the final three years of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war and was one of the highest ranked officers ever to defect from Saddam's regime. He defected to Jordan.

Al-Qaseer was the top aide to Gen. Hussein Kamel Al-Majid, Saddam's son-in-law who was responsible for Iraq's military-industrial complex. Al-Majid and his brother defected to Jordan in August 1995, but returned to Baghdad in February and were killed.

After al-Majid's defection, al-Qaseer was relieved of his ministry job and moved to the ceremonial post of presidential adviser.

The dissidents said al-Qaseer had been in charge of Iraq's ambitious program to build a huge artillery piece known as the "super gun" before the scheme was uncovered in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War.


32 posted on 03/22/2003 2:52:50 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Nita Nuprez
>Two of your articles

I didn't mean to be talking to myself. I meant to direct that remark above to you, Nita.

33 posted on 03/22/2003 3:09:44 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Nita Nuprez
Thanks. I'll keep a look out for anything new on Wafiq Samerrai and Nizar al-Qaseer.
34 posted on 03/22/2003 3:38:33 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Nita Nuprez
Great. Ping me if something turns up.

;-)
35 posted on 03/22/2003 3:41:33 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Nita Nuprez
What's the deal with the English translators for Xinhua? Were they skipping ESL class when capitalization was explaiined?
36 posted on 03/22/2003 3:44:07 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Nita Nuprez
I did see the anthrax thread a few hours ago. I'll give it another look.
37 posted on 03/22/2003 3:46:29 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Wallaby
LOL! Must have been a Gen-X'r.

Sometimes I think everyone under age 30 has lost the concept of Capitalization.
38 posted on 03/22/2003 3:48:53 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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To: Wallaby
bump
39 posted on 03/22/2003 3:50:29 PM PST by chasio649
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To: Wallaby

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Deutsche Presse-Agentur
June 5, 1996

Iraq's ex-intelligence chief supports free democratic regime

Damascus

The former chief of Iraq's military intelligence, Wafiq Samerrai, said Wednesday that he is backing the establishment of a democratic regime in Iraq.

Samerrai's remarks came after his return to Damascus from Jordan, where he reportedly held talks with the Iraqi National Accord, an opposition group that opened an office in Amman in February. Samerrai, who has been living in Damascus since his defection in 1994, reportedly discussed ways of coordinating policies to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

He said his visit to Jordan had enabled him to reach a "clear vision about Jordan's stand towards Iraq."

"I'm absolutely against confederation and I am supporting the establishment of a free democratic system that could preserve Iraq's unity and arabism," Samerrai told reporters.

King hussein reportedly favours a federation of the country's main groups, Kurds, Shiite Moslems and Sunni Moslems, to prevent the country breaking up into mutually hostile cantons. Many iraqi dissidents argue that will only hasten the country's fragmentation.

Samerrai stressed that the unity of all Iraqi opposition groups will be a "complicated issue."

But he suggested unity between all national Iraqi forces, other than the religious and Kurdish currents, and what he called a consolidated coordination with the Kurdish and religious blocks.

He underscored the importance of a Syrian role in the proposed changes in Iraq, stressing that the Syrian leadership stands alongside the Iraqi people and is "concerned" about the future and unity of Iraqi territory.

"Excluding Syria's significant role would prolong Saddam's staying in power," Samerrai said.


40 posted on 03/22/2003 3:56:00 PM PST by Nita Nuprez
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