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  • Tariq Aziz refuses to testify against Saddam: lawyer

    12/24/2004 6:44:25 AM PST · by WmShirerAdmirer · 25 replies · 1,698+ views
    Agence France-Presse via Sydney Morning Herald ^ | December 25, 2004 | Agence France-Presse
    Former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz is unwilling to testify against Saddam Hussein at a future war crimes trial, his lawyer told Agence France-Presse after a four-hour meeting with his client on Thursday at a US base near the capital. "Tariq Aziz told me that he will not take the witness stand against Saddam," said Badi Aref Izzat. The lawyer said that Aziz, who has been in US custody since his surrender in the immediate aftermath of last year's US-led invasion, had had no opportunity to see the ousted president. The 11 senior aides currently in custody were being...
  • 'Baghdad Bob' now expert TV commentator

    01/14/2004 12:20:51 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 195+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, January 14, 2003
    REBUILDING IN THE GULF'Baghdad Bob' now expert TV commentator'We all were expecting Saddam would kill himself rather than be caught' Posted: January 13, 20045:00 p.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com The man known as "Baghdad Bob" and "Comical Ali" for his outrageous statements to the media during the Iraq war has returned to television as an expert commentator on Saddam Hussein. 'Baghdad Bob' Muhammed al-Sahhaf, Iraq's former information minister, has made several appearances on Abu Dhabi TV in the United Arab Emirates since Saddam's Dec. 13 capture, reports Britain's Sky News. "Finding Saddam wasn't surprising," said al-Sahhaf, who now lives in the UAE...
  • (BAGHDAD) BOB'S YOUR 'ANCHOR'

    01/12/2004 1:04:15 AM PST · by kattracks · 43 replies · 244+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/12/04 | DON KAPLAN
    <p>January 12, 2004 -- It's the all-new Baghdad Bob - he's cleaned up his act, dyed his hair and he's back on the air. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, the Iraqi minister of disinformation who became famous for his absurd daily reports that Iraq was winning the war, has popped up on Arab television as a commentator - as these new exclusive photos show.</p>
  • Sahhaf denies Saddam Hussein's capture: Kuwaiti SMS joke (Caption Baghdad Bob)

    12/15/2003 5:02:43 PM PST · by michigander · 8 replies · 175+ views
    Sunday December 14, 10:56 PM Sahhaf denies Saddam Hussein's capture: Kuwaiti SMS joke Kuwaitis, jubilant at the capture of arch-foe Saddam Hussein, were frantically sending each other mobile text messages of mock denials from former Iraqi information minister Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf. "Sahhaf has denied the capture of Saddam Hussein, saying the man who was arrested is the leader of the (Afghan) Taliban," read one message. "Urgent ... Saddam announces the arrest of members of the (Iraqi) Governing Council and the coalition troops: Sahhaf," said another. Sahhaf, who has been living in the United Arab Emirates since July when he was...
  • Iraq Official: Saddam's Leadership Over

    10/22/2003 9:47:49 PM PDT · by TexKat · 10 replies · 147+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 10/22/03 | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF, Associated Press Writer
    CAIRO, Egypt - Iraq's former information minister said Wednesday that Saddam Hussein was elated at the start of the Iraq war, but quickly became angry upon learning of his troops' losses. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf — who gained notoriety during the war for making absurd claims of Iraqi military victories — made his comments during an interview on Abu Dhabi Television. During the first four days of the war, which began March 20, al-Sahhaf said Saddam was "in a state of ecstasy" about the progress of his soldiers in Basra, in southern Iraq. "But to the contrary, he was angry...
  • Ex-Iraq Minister Blames Desertion for Fall (Baghdad Bob)

    10/16/2003 12:29:30 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 334+ views
    AP | 10/15/03
    The Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt Oct. 15 — Iraq's former information minister on Wednesday said the main reason the Iraqi army collapsed so quickly during the U.S. invasion was widespread confusion after American troops captured the Baghdad airport. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, speaking to Abu Dhabi Television, acknowledged that some Iraqi officers told the soldiers who were trying to regain the airport not to fight and to leave their units. "Our troops were confused, there was a wide desertion by the soldiers and several units were destroyed," al-Sahhaf said, describing the battle around Baghdad airport when U.S. troops reached it on...
  • Ex-Iraqi Official Defends Showing US POWs

    10/02/2003 12:12:53 AM PDT · by kattracks · 13 replies · 299+ views
    AP | 10/01/03 | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF
    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Iraq's former information minister Wednesday defended the airing of footage of five U.S. POWs on Baghdad television in the early days of the war, saying it was ordered by the armed forces general command. The U.S. administration was shocked by the March 27 footage of the POWs and accused Iraq of violating the Geneva Conventions. The soldiers had been arrested four days earlier in southern Iraq together with Jessica Lynch, who was hospitalized with injuries. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, speaking on Abu Dhabi Television, denied U.S. accusations that Iraq had violated the Geneva Conventions and accused...
  • Sahhaf says Saddam wouldn't go to avert war, but Iraq had no WMD

    09/18/2003 6:51:07 AM PDT · by TexKat · 15 replies · 212+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/18/03 | Unknown
    Mohammed Said al-Sahhaf (Better known in America as Baghdad Bob) DUBAI (AFP) - Former Iraqi information minister Mohammad Said as-Sahhaf said that Saddam Hussein never considered stepping down to avert war but maintained that Baghdad had scrapped its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) long before the United States invaded. "I don't think" Saddam ever considered stepping down, Sahhaf told Abu Dhabi Television in the first of a series of interviews to be aired over the coming several weeks. "No one dared tell him" to leave, he said in the interview, which was interspersed with footage in which the ousted...
  • Ex-Iraq Information Chief Blames Saddam (Baghdad Bob)

    09/17/2003 6:00:50 PM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 79+ views
    AP | 9/17/03
    The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Sept. 17 — Iraq's former information minister said Wednesday that ousted President Saddam Hussein made tactical errors in his fight against U.S.-led forces. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, who drew international attention during the war for making obviously absurd claims of Iraqi military victories, criticized Saddam's decision to divide Iraq into four military zones five days before the war. "It (the decision) was a direct mistake of the president and the leadership," al-Sahhaf said on Abu Dhabi Television. That "led to fatal mistakes." He complained that the zones were placed under the control of civilians,...
  • Iraq's former information minister accuses Saddam of mishandling the war

    09/17/2003 5:48:13 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 253+ views
    Associated Press | September 17, 2003
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Iraq's former information minister said Wednesday that ousted President Saddam Hussein made tactical errors in his fight against U.S.-led forces. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, who drew international attention during the war for making obviously absurd claims of Iraqi military victories, criticized Saddam's decision to divide Iraq into four military zones five days before the war. ''It (the decision) was a direct mistake of the president and the leadership,'' al-Sahhaf said on Abu Dhabi Television. That ''led to fatal mistakes.'' He complained that the zones were placed under the control of civilians, including Saddam's younger son...
  • Abu Dhabi TV to air series of interviews with former Iraqi minister

    09/16/2003 7:46:39 AM PDT · by TexKat · 3 replies · 278+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/16/03 | Unknown
    DUBAI (AFP) - Abu Dhabi Television is to broadcast a series of seven interviews with former Iraqi information minister Mohammed Said al-Sahhaf, during which the channel has also promised exclusive and previously unbroadcast footage on the US-led war. The first interview will be aired on Wednesday between 10:30 pm (1830 GMT) and midnight (2000 GMT), and over the following six weeks at the same time. Channel director Ali al-Ahmad also told AFP Tuesday the entire series would include previously untelevised scenes from the US-led war on Iraq, launched March 20. Ahmad said Sahhaf will not stand accused nor is...
  • Baghdad Bob Speaks: Saddam Sought Nukes

    09/13/2003 6:19:41 PM PDT · by TexKat · 16 replies · 173+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 9/12/03 | With Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    Al Jazeera reports on its Web site that Abu Dhabi television has interviewed the infamous Mohammed Saeed Al Sahhaf, the former Iraqi information minister known to Americans as "Baghdad Bob." Al Jazeera wrote that Al Sahhaf will "reveal part of the war secrets and how ousted president Saddam Hussein felt he would lose the war." "He was more frank and direct than previous interviews after the war ... he revealed many secrets before and during the war ... it was an exciting interview," his interviewer, Jaber Obaid, told Gulf News. "You will notice that he has changed since the end...
  • Baghdad Bob Speaks: Saddam Sought Nukes

    09/12/2003 11:26:09 AM PDT · by kattracks · 17 replies · 176+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 9/12/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    Al Jazeera reports on its Web site that Abu Dhabi television has interviewed the infamous Mohammed Saeed Al Sahhaf, the former Iraqi information minister known to Americans as "Baghdad Bob." Al Jazeera wrote that Al Sahhaf will "reveal part of the war secrets and how ousted president Saddam Hussein felt he would lose the war." "He was more frank and direct than previous interviews after the war ... he revealed many secrets before and during the war ... it was an exciting interview," his interviewer, Jaber Obaid, told Gulf News. "You will notice that he has changed since the...
  • No lie: 'Baghdad Bob' gets own paper

    07/29/2003 12:36:53 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 116+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, July 29, 2003
    A new weekly newspaper in Iraq has been named Al-Sahhaf, after the former Iraqi information minister who became known worldwide as "Baghdad Bob" and "Comical Ali." Muhammed al-Sahhaf the man gained infamy for his outrageous statements to the media during the war to topple Saddam Hussein. 'Baghdad Bob' According to a report by Agence France-Presse, the editor of Al-Sahhaf – one of 161 new titles to appear in Iraq since the fall of Saddam – says he wanted to choose a name that would be recognizable. "I wanted a name that would attract readers. The name Al-Sahhaf has had an...
  • Al-Sahhaf (aka Baghdad Bob aka Comical Ali) accused of murder

    07/17/2003 1:17:36 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 185+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 18 2003
    A SWEDISH writer of Kurdish origin has filed a criminal complaint against Iraq's former information minister, accusing him of ordering the murder of two Iraqi dissidents in 1985, when he was Iraq's ambassador to Sweden. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf received wide attention during the US-led invasion of Iraq for hurling anti-American insults and outlandish claims of stunning Iraqi military victories over the invaders. He won cult status worldwide, his image emblazoned on T-shirts and over the internet. "The image of al-Sahhaf as a comical individual is totally false. I want his true identity to be known. He is a killer," Kurdo...
  • Former Iraq Information Minister Tells Arab TV He Leaves Baghdad With 'mixed Feelings'

    07/11/2003 4:43:48 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 149+ views
    Former Iraq Information Minister Tells Arab TV He Leaves Baghdad With 'mixed Feelings' By Sarah El Deeb Associated Press Writer Published: Jul 11, 2003 CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Iraq's former information minister left Baghdad with "sadness and hope" for a return, he said in an interview aired Friday by an Arab television station chronicling the end of Saddam Hussein's regime through his ex-spokesman. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf arrived in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, late Thursday to participate in a series of interviews with the Abu Dhabi satellite station. On Friday, the channel aired a brief interview...
  • I did my duty to the last, says Saddam's Information Minister

    06/27/2003 1:21:19 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 27 replies · 129+ views
    Hindu ^ | June 28, 2003 | AP
    I did my duty to the last, says Saddam's Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf on the Arab television on Thursday. — AP DUBAI JUNE 27. Iraq's former Information Minister, famed for pugnacious and transparently false claims during the war, now says his bogus statements were made in good faith and that he was getting scant information toward the end of the conflict. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf showed up on Arab television on Thursday in his first appearance since the collapse of the Saddam Hussein's regime. Mr. Al-Sahhaf had been a regular sight on TV before and during the U.S.-led war, speaking...
  • Iraq's Ex-information chief blames message, not the messenger (no infidels in Baghdad!)

    06/29/2003 1:39:48 AM PDT · by ppaul · 8 replies · 184+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 6/29/03 | staff
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iraq's former information minister, who gained notoriety during the war for wildly implausible claims of victory, surfaced yesterday and said he was given bad information by his sources. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf had denied that U.S. tanks were in Baghdad even as television pictures showed them in the capital. "There is no presence of American infidels in the city of Baghdad," al-Sahhaf asserted outside the Palestine Hotel on April 7. Baghdad fell April 9. Al-Sahhaf, who dropped from sight after the war, surfaced with interviews with the Al-Arabiya satellite network and Abu Dhabi television. He did...
  • 'Baghdad Bob' Appears on Arab Television

    06/26/2003 11:23:00 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 18 replies · 162+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 26, 2003 | Sarah El Deeb
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The former Iraqi information minister, who gained notoriety during the war for wildly implausible claims of victory, showed up on Arab television Thursday — his first appearance since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. Al-Arabiya satellite network broadcast a few seconds of footage of Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, part of a 30-minute interview it said it conducted with him in Baghdad on Thursday. The TV network said it would air the full interview Friday. The network said al-Sahhaf claimed he had surrendered to American forces, was interrogated and released. He "was exclusively interviewed in his hide-out...
  • What Do You Mean You Can't Arrest Me ?

    05/06/2003 9:19:33 AM PDT · by john_smithy · 205+ views
    ParodyTimes.com ^ | 1/05/03 | Juan
    Former Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf is attempting to surrender to US forces, according to a satirical news web site http://www.parodytimes.com. But Al-Sharq al-Awsat says the Americans have refused to arrest Mr Sahhaf - who became a familiar face during the war with his upbeat assessments of Iraqi military "successes" - because he does not appear on their "most wanted" list of 55 former regime officials.
  • Arab newspaper: "Sahhaf tried to surrender to US troops but turned down"

    04/30/2003 6:47:58 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 14 replies · 173+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | April 30 2003 | staff writer
    US forces 'turn down Sahhaf's surrender overtures'April 30 2003 Iraq's former information minister Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf, who denied to the end the presence of US forces in Baghdad, was turned down by US troops after trying to turn himself in, said the London-based Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, citing a Kurdish official. Sahhaf had been at his aunt's house in Baghdad for the past four days and wanted US troops to arrest him so that "they can protect him" but they refused since he was not on their "most wanted" deck of playing cards, said the paper, citing Adel Murad of...
  • 'Comical Ali' wanted to surrender (the saga continues)

    04/24/2003 3:28:07 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 55 replies · 418+ views
    News24 ^ | April 24 2003
    Lisbon - Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf, the Iraqi information minister whose briefings made him a worldwide celebrity during the recent war and who is now high on a list of people wanted by the United States, tried to hand himself in via a contact with Portuguese journalists, a newspaper said on Thursday. The Portuguese daily Diario de Noticias said a family claiming to be sheltering Sahhaf, reportedly in the women's section of a home in a poor neighbourhood of Baghdad, had been in contact with two journalists, but they had failed to come up with the former information chief. The reporters,...
  • The Iraq the Arab World Saw All Along

    04/09/2003 10:10:53 PM PDT · by Russian Sage · 4 replies · 196+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 10, 2003 | MAMOUN FANDY
    The Iraq the Arab World Saw All Along By MAMOUN FANDY ...Today, Mr. Sahhaf's statements have also been exposed as fantasy. In Riyadh and Cairo there is a joke making the rounds. "When al-Sahhaf died they sent him 63 angels," it goes. "Three of them are asking him questions about his life, and 60 are trying to convince him that he's really dead." Westerners often miss the cynicism and sophistication of Arab world. ...Indeed, despite a war raging in one of the most important Arab capitals, there have been no reports of actual violence against American soft targets in the...
  • COMMENTARY Information chief unshakable as Baghdad falls around him

    04/08/2003 5:59:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies · 145+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 4-8-03 | Ashraf Khalil, Chronicle Foreign Service
    <p>Doha, Qatar -- Every recent war has created its share of media stars, but the most unlikely star to emerge from this one may be the quixotic Iraqi minister of information, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf.</p> <p>With a roguish grin and a twinkle in his eye, al-Sahhaf has remained utterly unruffled in the face of his government's seemingly imminent demise. In the process, he has gained his own cult following among many Arab television viewers.</p>
  • HEREIN ‘LIES' THE TALE OF BAGHDAD BOB

    04/09/2003 3:56:04 AM PDT · by kattracks · 28 replies · 156+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/09/03 | MICHAEL STARR and BRIDGET HARRISON
    <p>As Saddam Hussein's regime crumbles, the Iraqi minister of information is fighting a one-man war of words.</p> <p>And the deeper U.S. troops penetrate into the heart of Iraq, the wilder Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf's claims have become.</p> <p>"They will be burnt. We are going to tackle them," was Al-Sahhaf's latest offering yesterday - though he was forced to give his press conference on the street because his office in the Ministry of Information has been destroyed.</p>
  • Iraq's minister denies U.S. troops have stormed Baghdad

    04/07/2003 12:23:54 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 196+ views
    Associated Press | April 6, 2003
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's information minister Monday denied U.S. troops had stormed Baghdad, declaring: "Be assured Baghdad is safe, secure and great." "They are sick in their minds. They say they brought 65 tanks into center of city. I say to you this talk is not true. This is part of their sick mind," Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf said. "There is no presence of American infidels in the city of Baghdad at all." Sahhaf, at a rooftop news conference amid a crowd of foreign reporters, said amid sirens and clouds of dusts that Saddam Hussein's forces had given invading...
  • Iraq's Al-Sahhaf Tells US Soldiers To Surrender, Attacks 'Criminals' Bush, Rumsfeld

    03/24/2003 10:56:45 AM PST · by gaucho · 13 replies · 334+ views
    Iraqi Satellite Channel Television in Arabic ^ | 03/21/2003 | Translated 03/24/2003
    Baghdad, Iraq: Iraqi Satellite Channel Television in Arabic 2105 GMT 21 Mar 03 [Corrected version, adding source time; announcer-read report over video] Dear viewers, we present to you now a picture that closely shows the US Administration's hatred of every civilian landmark. The Iraq Satellite Channel accompanied Information Minister Muhammad Sa'id al-Sahhaf on his tour following the criminal missile strike, which the criminal Rumsfeld claimed to have targeted military targets. This report shows what kind of criminals are those who are leading the United States to inescapable death. [Begin Al-Sahhaf recording] Al-Jazirah [words indistinct] those are criminals. The world can...
  • Bravado Scarce in Shell-Shocked Baghdad

    03/22/2003 3:04:14 AM PST · by kattracks · 17 replies · 151+ views
    AP | 3/22/03 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    Bravado Scarce in Shell-Shocked Baghdad By HAMZA HENDAWI .c The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - State radio played patriotic music, Iraqi TV showed highlights of a soccer match and workmen swept glass from the streets Saturday. But among the people of Baghdad, bravado was scarce after two days of intense bombardments that have destroyed presidential palaces, government offices and military headquarters. The barrage continued before sunrise Saturday, when a massive explosion rocked the center of Iraq's capital just hours after Saddam Hussein's Old Palace was demolished by Allied aircraft fire. Aircraft could be heard overhead and smoke and the...
  • Saddam gives orders to treat POWs in accordance with Geneva Convention

    03/22/2003 4:10:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies · 131+ views
    BAGHDAD, March 22 (AFP) - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has given orders for British and US prisoners of war to be treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention, Information Minister Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf said Saturday. "We will strive to carry out the president's orders despite all the abominable crimes that are being committed against the Iraqi people by this international band of thugs," Sahhaf told a news conference. The orders, which the minister said had been issued Friday, marked a sharp change in Baghad's position. On Friday, Sahhaf had said that coalition forces were "not soldiers, they are mercenaries to...