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  • Immigrant, Journalist, Iraqi Spy

    07/11/2003 11:49:54 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 18 replies · 427+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 07/11/03 | Stephen F. Hayes
    The strange case of an Iraqi agent caught operating on American soil. His arrest may be the first of many. KHALED DUMEISI, a newspaper publisher in northern Illinois, was surprised when federal agents showed up at a modest condominium in suburban Chicago to arrest the man known to his colleagues in Iraqi intelligence as "Sirhan." He shouldn't have been shocked. First, the FBI, according to a complaint unsealed Wednesday in Illinois, had the goods on Sirhan. Among his offenses: supplying false press credentials for Iraqi intelligence agents; spying on Iraqi opposition leaders--at times, using a mini-camera implanted in the end...
  • Iraqi agents on trial in U.S., Iraq

    07/31/2006 10:11:05 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 11 replies · 422+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 8.01.06 | Mark Eichenlaub
    Samir Vincent's ongoing court case exemplifies the underreported story of Saddam Hussein's agents who were operating inside the United States in the years prior to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Vincent's trial involves the Oil for Food scandal and implicates the Iraqi agent in attempting to buy off pro-Iraq (pre-invasion) sentiments within the U.S. government and the United Nations on behalf of Baghdad. The FBI's press release details Vincent's admission of guilt as an unregistred Iraqi agent and is available here. ShaabanAnother recently concluded trial is that of Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban (pictured right). Shaaban, who had met with...
  • Excerpts from The Secret History of the Iraq War

    11/02/2004 6:30:04 PM PST · by FreeKeys · 9 replies · 838+ views
    HarperCollins Publishers ^ | February 2004 | Yossef Bodansky
    In the fall of 2002 Iraq crossed an unacceptable threshold, supplying operational weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to bin Laden's terrorists. These developments were confirmed to the Western intelligence services after several terrorists -- graduates of WMD training programs -- were captured in Israel, Chechnya, Turkey, and France, along with documents related to their activities. On the basis of pure threat analysis, the United States should have gone to war against Iraq, as well as its partners Syria and Iran, in fall 2002. By then there was already unambiguous evidence indicating the urgency of defusing the imminent danger posed by...
  • Chalabi: American Moles Recruited by Saddam

    04/27/2003 12:03:37 PM PDT · by kattracks · 43 replies · 781+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 4/27/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    The man backed by many in the Bush administration to head Baghdad's postwar government said Sunday that documents uncovered over the weekend show that Saddam Hussein tried to recruit U.S. citizens to undermine the Bush adminsitration's war effort in Iraq. "We have captured a great many files of Saddam's services and there is astounding information about the extent of their networks and their efforts to recruit foreign nationals - including Americans - to work in the Mukabahrat [Iraqi intelligence service]," said Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress. "I think that this is something that must be pursued,"...
  • Saddam's Spies Survive

    09/29/2005 5:51:48 PM PDT · by strategofr · 1 replies · 346+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | October 29, 2004 | James Dunnigan
    The Saddam era Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) is still in business. In Arabic, the IIS was called the Jihaz al-Mukhabarat al-Amma, and was more commonly known as the Mukhabarat (Arab for “Intelligence.”) Combining the work of the American CIA, FBI and Secret Service, the IIS had a core strength of 5,000 highly trained, quite skilled, and very loyal (to Saddam) members. But the IIS controlled other intelligence and paramilitary personnel that totaled over 100,000 people. Few of these people were rounded up after Saddam’s government fell in April, 2003. They are still out there. Most of them anyway. Thusands have...
  • Saddam's secret police still have long reach-(Reuteurs)

    07/12/2005 6:23:26 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 1,012+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7.12.05 | Reuteurs
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The midnight knock at the door is gone. But Iraqis say Saddam Hussein's old Mukhabarat secret police have created a new "republic of fear" two years after his downfall. ADVERTISEMENT Operating with ruthless efficiency, former Baathist agents are hunting down those who work for, or even voice support for, the new U.S.-backed government, say security experts who monitor the insurgency among Saddam's Sunni Arab minority in Iraq. "I never take the same road to work and I always spend half an hour checking my car for bombs before I drive," said Abbas, a Baghdad police officer who...
  • Al-Qaeda terror chief runs Iraqi hit squads

    08/09/2003 6:25:59 PM PDT · by saquin · 30 replies · 1,849+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 8/10/03 | Marie Colvin
    AL-QAEDA terrorists who have infiltrated Iraq from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have formed an alliance with former intelligence agents of Saddam Hussein to fight their common enemy, the American forces. The alliance, known as Jaish Mohammed — the army of the prophet Mohammed — is believed to be responsible for increasingly sophisticated attacks on US soldiers. In the past four months  it has smuggled millions of dollars, weapons and hundreds of Arab fighters across the desert border with Saudi Arabia. Details of the alliance have emerged from Iraqi intelligence  and US military sources, and from local supporters in a...
  • Fateful meeting lights blue touchpaper (Galloway, wife; Zureikat)

    04/23/2003 4:43:16 PM PDT · by Shermy · 22 replies · 1,414+ views
    The Herald (Scotland) ^ | April 23, 2003
    MP's wife introduced him to Saddam sympathiser, writes CAMERON SIMPSON and AARON HICKLIN GEORGE Galloway first met the shadowy figure of Fawaz Zureikat through his Palestinian wife. The fateful meeting was to propel the man who goes under the soubriquets of "Gorgeous George" and the "MP for Baghdad Central" into one of the biggest crises of his colourful career. Dr Amineh Abu-Zayyad, 36, a Jerusalem-born scientist who married Mr Galloway in a secret ceremony in London in February 2000, had gone to the same university in Jordan as Mr Zureikat. Mr Zureikat's name first surfaced in a letter from Mr...
  • Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda

    11/12/2004 11:09:57 AM PST · by Peach · 49 replies · 4,315+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | November 12, 2004 | Christopher S. Carson
    Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda By Christopher S. Carson FrontPageMagazine.com | November 15, 2004 The Report of the 9/11 Commission has been digested, and the news media outlets have seized upon it as confirmation of their view that al Qaeda is a kind of purely stateless entity that never had "operational links" with rogue states like Iraq. Somehow, goes the thrust of the Report, Osama bin Laden was for years able to finance, train and supply an international terrorist corporation that had ongoing jihad operations in fifty countries - by himself, on no more than a $30 million personal...
  • Hell Is Over

    11/22/2004 7:42:09 AM PST · by RepCath · 19 replies · 2,444+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 11-22-2004 | Shawn Macomber
    In 1982, a close friend of Kurdish freedom fighter Salah Ameydi was captured by the Mukhabarat, the Iraqi Secret Police. They brought him back to his village, and seized his wife and eight-month-old son. The new parents were then tied up and made to watch as their baby was burned to death in front of them with a hot iron. When the agents were finished with the child, they forced the husband to watch as his wife was brutally raped by four Iraqi soldiers. The husband was then dragged off to Abu Ghraib and tortured for years on end as...
  • Saddam, bin Laden link found: Canadian reporter

    10/04/2004 4:00:12 PM PDT · by focusandclarity · 48 replies · 2,512+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | April, 26, 2003 | Mitch Potter, Linda Diebel
    DOCUMENTS LINK IRAQ, BIN LADEN Toronto Star, 26th April Top-secret Iraqi intelligence documents, unearthed by the Toronto Star inthe bombed-out headquarters of the dreaded Mukhabarat intelligence service in Baghdad, have established the first clear link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda organization. The documents were found by correspondent Mitch Potter, the Star's Jerusalem bureau chief. Potter, who has been in and out of Iraq since the war began, was digging through the rubble of the Mukhabarat's Baghdad headquarters with his translator Amir when they uncovered the intelligence treasure trove. Bin Laden's name appears three times in the...
  • Exclusive: Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties

    10/04/2004 7:14:43 AM PDT · by Quilla · 289 replies · 22,034+ views
    CNSNews ^ | October 4, 2004 | Scott Wheeler
    Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by CNSNews.com , show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans. They demonstrate that Saddam's government possessed mustard gas and anthrax, both considered weapons of mass destruction, in the summer of 2000, during the period in which United Nations weapons inspectors were not present in Iraq. And the papers show that Iraq trained dozens of terrorists inside its borders. One of the Iraqi memos contains an order from Saddam for his intelligence service to support...
  • 'King Of Clubs' Being Sheltered By Syrian Army

    05/10/2003 4:23:59 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 585+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-11-2003 | Damien Mcelroy
    'King of clubs' being sheltered by Syrian army By Damien Mcelroy in Damascus (Filed: 11/05/2003) The king of clubs from America's card deck of most wanted Iraqis is being sheltered at a military base in the Syrian capital Damascus, according to a Gulf diplomat. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former vice-president of Iraq and one of Saddam Hussein's closest henchmen, is said to be under the protection of Syria's Republican Guard in the decrepit military base near the airport. He is among thousands of regime figures who are believed to have slipped into Syria before Damascus sealed the border. Izzat had...
  • Counterfeit trail led to Chalabi

    06/01/2004 7:02:28 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 164+ views
    The Australian ^ | 5/31/04 | The Sunday Times
    THE thick, black smoke that drifted over the prosperous Mansour suburb of Baghdad last January had nothing to do with the bomb blasts and rocket fire that shook the Iraqi capital almost daily. In special furnaces built into an old warehouse complex near the former headquarters of the Mukhabarat intelligence service, Iraqi workers were burning money. The coalition's decision to introduce a new Iraqi currency could scarcely have been avoided. No one wanted banknotes bearing the face of Saddam Hussein. Yet the operation to exchange and destroy countless old Iraqi dinars was an invitation to fraud. The way judge Zuhair...
  • Iraqi official at 9-11 plot meeting: U.S. finds documents tying Saddam's man to al-Qaida

    05/27/2004 11:28:26 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 839+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | May 27, 2004
    Recently translated documents captured by U.S. forces provide new evidence of a direct link between Saddam Hussein's regime and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Rosters of officers in Saddam's Fedayeen list Lt. Col. Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, who was present at the January 2000 al-Qaida "summit" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at which the 9-11 attacks were planned, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Fedayeen was the elite paramilitary group run by Saddam's son Uday, which was deployed to do much of the regime's dirty work. The U.S. has never been sure Shakir was at the Kuala...
  • ICDC, TF ALL AMERICAN WORK TOWARD A SAFER AL ANBAR

    02/16/2004 5:24:12 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 448+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | Feb. 16, 2004
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 February 16, 2004Release Number: 04-02-29 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ICDC, TF ALL AMERICAN WORK TOWARD A SAFER AL ANBAR RAMADI, Iraq -- During operations on Saturday and Sunday, Task Force All American conducted 281 patrols (including 18 joint patrols), cleared three small caches, and executed two offensive operations - cordon and searches in Iskandariyah and Ar Ramadi. Iraqi Civil Defense Corps forces also conducted 15 independent patrols. Soldiers discovered and disarmed two improvised explosive devices before they could be detonated against...
  • Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6

    02/07/2004 4:39:52 PM PST · by Valin · 6 replies · 245+ views
    Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6 Julie Flint explains how rumours of Saddam's overthrow caused British intelligence to miss vital information about Iraq's weapons programme British intelligence took its eyes off Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes because it had been duped into believing a military coup would leave Sunni Muslims in power in Iraq. Sources in the country say what they missed was a push to convert chemical and biological organisms into dry agents that could be hidden until pressure on the regime was lifted. 'From the second half of 2000, the focus of the British was not on...
  • New Iraq Agency to Hunt Rebels

    01/30/2004 6:56:18 PM PST · by saquin · 2 replies · 1,128+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/31/04 | Edward Wong
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 30 — The Iraqi authorities, with the help of American intelligence agencies, are creating an intelligence service here that will focus on rooting out guerrilla fighters, especially those from outside the country, Iraqi and American officials said Friday. The service will employ some former agents of Saddam Hussein's security apparatus and will probably receive financing from the American government, the officials said. Many of the agents will work in the border towns of Iraq to identify foreign fighters who have slipped into the country and will monitor their activities, said Ibrahim al-Janabi, a senior member of the...
  • CIA to Set Up “Secret Police” In Iraq

    01/13/2004 8:31:17 AM PST · by Hugenot · 10 replies · 395+ views
    SeaMax News ^ | 1/13/2004 | Kristin Billera
    It has been nine months since Saddam Hussein was ousted, along with his mukhabarat agents; his feared intelligence operatives who terrorized the Iraqi people. However, the Iraqis will soon be subject to the watchful eyes of a secret police force again--courtesy of Washington. The agency’s sole purpose is to ferret out the Baath loyalists who are responsible for the ongoing insurgency and terrorism in Iraq. The agency is expected to cost up to $3 billion dollars which will be allocated from the budget for the CIA. The agents will be recruited from groups that were in exile under Saddam, Kurdish...
  • CIA plans new secret police to fight Iraq terrorism

    01/03/2004 3:09:00 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 24 replies · 183+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 01/04/04 | Julian Coman
    Nine months after the demise of Saddam Hussein's regime and his feared mukhabarat (intelligence) operatives, Iraq is to get a secret police force again - courtesy of Washington.The Bush administration is to fund the new agency in the latest initiative to root out Ba'athist regime loyalists behind the continuing insurgency in parts of Iraq.   An ICDC soldier checks an Iraqi man during a patrol in Tikrit The force will cost up to $3 billion (£1.8 billion) over the next three years in money allocated from the same part of the federal budget that finances the Central Intelligence Agency.Its ranks...
  • Tribal sheikh close to Saddam number two arrested in northern Iraq

    12/23/2003 12:47:21 PM PST · by TexKat · 32 replies · 144+ views
    MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) - A tribal chief with close ties to Saddam Hussein 's number two, Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, was arrested by US troops in Iraq 's main northern city, relatives and a member of the Iraqi security force that helped arrest him told AFP. Sheikh Ghazi Hanash, head of the influential Tayy tribe, was detained at his Mosul home along with three of his sons after an exchange of fire which left one of Hanash's bodyguards dead, said Waadallah Tewfik Hassan, a member of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps who participated in the operation. No information on the arrests...
  • Iraqis plan to revive Mukhabarat

    12/05/2003 8:27:09 AM PST · by yonif · 2 replies · 185+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 5, 2003 | MATTHEW GUTMAN
    BAGHDAD – Several of the most powerful parties in the Iraqi Governing Council plan to resurrect the Mukhabarat intelligence service, Saddam Hussein's most brutal instrument of state terrorism, in a push to rout the Ba'athist-led terrorist network, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Saddam's Mukhabarat is largely held responsible for the disappearance and execution of about 780,000 Iraqis. The initiative exposes both the failure of the coalition forces to gather intelligence on the insurgency and an Iraqi populace increasingly desperate for security. "We will use their own dogs to hunt them down," Nabil al-Musawi, deputy president of the Iraqi National Congress...
  • Newsweek's "Case"-Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball get the Osama-Saddam memo wrong.

    11/20/2003 11:19:56 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 12 replies · 502+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Nov. 20, 2003 | Stephen F. Hayes
    A NEWSWEEK article by investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball about the memo linking Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein dismisses a recent WEEKLY STANDARD report as "hype" and concludes, the "tangled tale of the memo suggests that the case of whether there has been Iraqi-al Qaeda complicity is far from closed." While it's refreshing to see the establishment media pick up the story, the Newsweek article is less than authoritative. The authors write: "The Pentagon memo pointedly omits any reference to the interrogations of a host of other high-level al Qaeda and Iraqi detainees--including such notables as Khalid...
  • The Memo and the Link Between Saddam and Osama-What if Saddam was involved in 9-11?

    11/17/2003 5:04:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 63 replies · 872+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | November 17, 2003 | Lowell Ponte
    The Memo and the Link Between Saddam and OsamaBy Lowell PonteFrontPageMagazine.com | November 17, 2003 "OSAMA BIN LADEN AND SADDAM HUSSEIN had an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003,” reports the November 24 issue of The Weekly Standard, “that involved training in explosives and weapons of mass destruction, logistical support for terrorist attacks, al Qaeda training camps and safe haven in Iraq, and Iraqi financial support for al Qaeda – perhaps even for Mohamed Atta – according to a top secret U.S. Government memorandum….” This 16-page memo, dated last October 27, was sent from Undersecretary of Defense...
  • Iraq Documents May Speak Volumes (CBS+AP on Iraqi intelligence document trove)

    11/05/2003 2:37:25 PM PST · by Stultis · 45 replies · 228+ views
    CBS w/ AP contributions ^ | 4 November 2003
    Iraq Documents May Speak VolumesWASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2003 U.S. analysts are poring over a massive stash of Iraqi intelligence files that hint at war crimes, terrorist attacks, a network of paid foreign agents and efforts to develop illegal missiles with foreign help, according to published reports. Officials are comparing the huge trove of documents to the "Stasi files" on East Germany's secret police. CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports the files, which were captured in April, are only now being fully translated and analyzed. The files may be used as evidence in war crimes tribunals against the ousted...
  • CIA Seizes Iraqi Intelligence Records (Iraqi files include names individuals or countries)

    11/04/2003 4:11:37 PM PST · by veryone · 19 replies · 233+ views
    http://www.voanews.com ^ | 03 Nov 2003 | VOA News
    Report: CIA Seizes Iraqi Intelligence Records A published report says the U.S. Central Intelligency Agency has seized a large cache of records in Iraq about its intelligence service, weapons procurement and paid foreign agents. The Washington Post says the documents are spurring U.S. investigations into how Iraq purchased weapons and paid foreign nationals to work on behalf of Saddam Hussein's government. The newspaper quotes unidentified U.S. officials as saying Iraqi files include names of nearly every Iraqi intelligence officer, names of foreign agents, agent reports and evidence of payments made to buy influence in the Arab world and elsewhere. The...
  • Saddam 'Nor Organizing' Iraqi Anti-US Resistance

    11/03/2003 4:26:00 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 405+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 11-3-2003 | Patrick Cockburn
    Saddam 'not organising' Iraqi anti-US resistance By Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad 04 November 2003 A senior Iraqi official said yesterday there was no truth in claims by the Pentagon that Saddam Hussein and Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, one of his aides, were orchestrating anti-US resistance in Iraq. In an interview with The Independent, the official - a veteran opposition leader to the former Iraqi regime now working for the Governing Council, who did not want his name published - believed the organisers of the resistance came from "the middle levels of the Baath party". He said: "Saddam Hussein is not able...
  • US sifts Saddam spy files

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US intelligence experts are examining tonnes of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s intelligence files hoping to trace the regime's alleged weapons of mass destruction, press reports said. The documents seized after the fall of Baghdad were a trove comparable to the files of Stasi, the secret police of East Germany, which collapsed in 1989, an anonymous source told The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. The Central Intelligence Agency (news - web sites) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation refused to comment on the reports. According to The Wall Street Journal, some information gleaned from...
  • Treasure trove of intelligence files unearthed (Iraqi “Stasi” docs names names)

    11/03/2003 6:41:26 AM PST · by dead · 105 replies · 302+ views
    The US is investigating weapons procurement networks and agents of influence who took money from Saddam Hussein's regime after the CIA reportedly seized an extensive cache of files from the former Iraqi Intelligence Service. The files contain "almost as much as the Stasi files", said one American official, referring to the vast archives of the former East German intelligence service seized after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989...The recipients of the Iraqi funds were described by US officials not as formal intelligence agents, but as prominent personalities and political figures who accepted money from Iraq as they defended...
  • Media's Focus After Interim Report Surprises Top Arms Inspector

    10/05/2003 2:08:39 PM PDT · by Chummy · 7 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Information Service ^ | October 5, 2003 | John D. Banusiewicz
    Media's Focus After Interim Report Surprises Top Arms Inspector By John D. Banusiewicz American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2003 – The man leading the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq expressed surprise here today that media reports focused mainly on what his team has yet to find and not on what it has turned up so far after his Oct. 2 interim report to Congress. David Kay, chief U.S. arms inspector, told host Tony Snow on the "Fox News Sunday" that while his team indeed has yet to find illicit weapons, "I'm sort of amazed that...
  • BRITS FIND PROOF OF IRAQ- AL QAEDA LINK AS FAR BACK AS 1998

    04/26/2003 5:23:40 PM PDT · by adamyoshida · 40 replies · 347+ views
    The SUNDAY TELEGRAPH is reporting that papers found by reporters at Iraq's bombed out intelligence service building provide evidence of a direct link between Saddam Hussein's regime and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida... According to the papers, an al-Qaida envoy met with officials in Baghdad in March 1998 to create a relationship based upon a mutual hate of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. An unidentified Western intelligence official describes the find as 'sensational.' MORE/// In the SUNDAY TIMES reporters allege docs found at the Iraqi foreign ministry show Paris gave regular updates to Baghdad on diplomatic dealings between France and the...
  • Saddam ordered Najaf bombing

    09/10/2003 5:52:23 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 7 replies · 218+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 9/10/03 | Paul Sperry
    The assassination of a leading Shia cleric who cooperated with the U.S. military in Iraq follows a secret postwar plan by Saddam Hussein to destabilize the U.S. occupation, a former Army intelligence analyst told WorldNetDaily. A Jan. 23 memo classified Top Secret and found in Iraqi intelligence files orders Saddam's agents to carry out acts of sabotage in the event of the collapse of his regime. They include infiltrating mosques and assassinating imams – specifically in the holy city of Najaf, a key religious center for Shia Muslims oppressed by Hussein's deposed Sunni Muslim regime. Among other things, the 11-point...
  • U.S. ENLISTS SADDAM'S EX-SPIES

    08/25/2003 12:57:59 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 197+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/25/03 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>August 25, 2003 -- U.S. forces in Iraq are secretly recruiting spies who used to work for Saddam Hussein in a bid to stop plots against American troops, it was reported yesterday.</p> <p>The extraordinary decision to recruit former agents of Saddam's dreaded Mukhabarat intelligence agency reflects a growing belief that troops alone can't prevent attacks, The Washington Post said.</p>
  • Bomb targets one of Iraq's key Shiite clerics; U.S.-led force enlists former Iraqi spies

    08/24/2003 10:21:51 AM PDT · by Jean S · 1 replies · 203+ views
    AP via Florida Times-Union ^ | August 24th - 12:24 pm ET | STEVEN R. HURST
    <p>BAGHDAD, Iraq - A bomb exploded outside the house of one of Iraqi's most important Shiite clerics on Sunday, killing three guards and injuring 10 others. The fresh violence comes as the U.S.-led coalition quietly recruits former Iraqi spies to work with American intelligence officials in the country, according to Iraqis.</p>
  • Bush WMD Debacle Prompted by Salman Pak Blunder

    05/31/2003 7:33:20 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 40 replies · 595+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 5/31/03 | Carl Limbacher
    President Bush shouldn't wait a second longer to introduce Iraqi defectors Sabah Khodada and Abu Zeinab to the American people, and fire whoever it was in his administration who advised him to ignore the defectors' eyewitness accounts tying the Baghdad terrorist training camp Salman Pak to the 9/11 attacks. Instead of relying on evidence that would have dispelled all doubts about making war on Iraq, the as-yet-unidentified presidential adviser counseled Bush to hinge his Iraq war rationale on the threat of weapons of mass destruction, evidence that - so far, at least - has yet to materialize. The blunder has...
  • Iraqi UN Diplomats Shared Quarters with Spies

    08/02/2003 8:08:21 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 198+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | August 02 2003 | Bernie Woodall/Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Before Saddam Hussein's fall, diplomats at Iraq's U.N. mission said they routinely looked over their shoulders for the feared mukhabarat secret police whose reports to Baghdad could mean firing or prison. Before the mid-March war on Iraq, four active spies worked out of the Iraqi mission on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a block from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Said Ahmad, who now serves as head of the mission, said on Friday. The most feared intelligence presence in the mission, he said, was Abdul Rahman I.K. Saad, expelled by the United States in June 2002 for...
  • The New Iraqi Press

    07/16/2003 12:48:25 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 586+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2003 | By MEMRI
    The New Iraqi Press By MEMRIMEMRI.org | July 16, 2003 Since the demise of Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime in Iraq, and with it the state control of the media, dozens of new free and uncensored daily and weekly newspapers are available to the Iraqi public. Some of these dailies are independent, but most are organs of one of the burgeoning political parties and groupings. The following is the first in a series of reports issued by MEMRI's newly established office in Baghdad . The reports will provide a comprehensive overview of the new Iraqi press. Editorials 'The Negatives of Liberty...
  • Bravo Company snatches its prey in the heat of day

    06/21/2003 5:09:46 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 19 replies · 404+ views
    The Observer (U.K.) ^ | 06/22/03 | Jason Burke
    Jason Burke joins a squad of US reservists as they hunt for an Iraqi guerrilla leader in the dusty streets of Ramadi The word is passed down the line of men crouching against the wall. They whisper, fearful of waking those in the house that looms above them. 'Fire in the hole,' they mutter one after another. 'Fire in the hole.' There is a pause. It is 6am and Ramadi, a dirty, dusty town 70 miles west of Baghdad, is very quiet. The morning is still relatively cool, though the fierce heat that will scorch the streets within hours can...
  • U.S. forces find stacks of intelligence equipment, documents in raid

    06/21/2003 1:35:05 AM PDT · by kattracks · 38 replies · 203+ views
    AP | 6/21/03 | JIM KRANE
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces broke into an abandoned community hall early Saturday and found piles of intelligence equipment and top secret documents bearing the seal of the former Iraqi secret service. Upstairs above the hall, which also was used as a funeral parlor, the troops found two large rooms stacked with cryptograph machines, secure transmission devices and binders of documents, with more papers strewn on the floor. Some of the documents made reference to Iraq's nuclear program, including manifests for the delivery of communications equipment to the Iraqi nuclear agency. One letter, dated Feb. 7, 1998, from the...
  • From leaky roofs to secret agents (THE SADDAM FILES)

    05/05/2003 5:04:29 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 750+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 6, 2003 | David Blair
    From leaky roofs to secret agents: how the files I found in Iraq's looted foreign ministry cast light on the paranoid world of Saddam Hussein How many Iraqi officials does it take to fix the leaky roof of a diplomat's house in London? How long does a skilled translator need to convert one of George Galloway's parliamentary speeches into Arabic? In almost 1, 000 pages of Arabic prose, each stamped with the Eagle crest of Iraq, the files found inside the foreign ministry in Baghdad cast a somewhat surreal light on the questions that turned the bureaucratic wheels of Saddam...
  • Families' long quest ends at prison cemetery

    05/01/2003 5:24:10 AM PDT · by Martus · 3 replies · 233+ views
    Wednesday, April 30, 2003 BY MARK MUELLER Star-Ledger Staff BAGHDAD, Iraq Hamoud Abdilima dug into the chalky earth of the Al- Karikh Cemetery, first with a shovel, then with his bare hands. Gently, he removed a leg bone, an arm bone, a skull. After 16 years of searching, he had found his brother. A few feet away, Ali Al-Asady collapsed, sobbing, over the bones of his father, Faadl Al-Asady, a man he knew only from pictures and the stories of relatives. Soon he rose and composed himself. After exhuming the remains of 16 family members, he had two more graves...
  • Iraqi Archives Show Russia's Hidden Hand

    05/01/2003 8:32:29 AM PDT · by Jean S · 19 replies · 339+ views
    Insight ^ | 5/1/03 | J. Michael Waller
    The captured archives are starting to show that post-Soviet Russia hadn't stopped its old Soviet ways in Iraq. Among the initial revelations: Russia's SVR foreign-intelligence service recently spied on British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, eavesdropping on their conversations and passing the information to Saddam Hussein's regime. As recently as last fall, Russia was continuing to train the Iraqi secret police. Rooting through an office of the Mukhabarat secret police, Robert Collier of the San Francisco Chronicle discovered documents showing that the SVR trained five Iraqi officers in "phototechnical and optical means" and "acoustic-surveillance means"...
  • THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: France's friends in Iraq

    04/27/2003 5:11:14 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 27 replies · 213+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 28, 2003
    Mocking la perfide Albion has been a national pastime in France for centuries, but the documents that are now being disinterred from the smouldering embers of Saddam Hussein's regime suggest that perfidy would be rather a polite word for the conduct of Jacques Chirac and the French government towards their allies. Elsewhere in today's Telegraph, Alex Spillius reports that papers found in the Iraqi foreign ministry show how, as recently as three years ago, French diplomats from the Quai d'Orsay were colluding with agents from IRIS (the Iraqi Intelligence Service, better known as the Mukhabarat) to frustrate efforts by the...
  • French helped Iraq to stifle dissent

    04/27/2003 5:00:29 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 68 replies · 1,301+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 28, 2003 | Alex Spillius and Andrew Sparrow
    France colluded with the Iraqi secret service to undermine a Paris conference held by the prominent human rights group Indict, according to documents found in the foreign ministry in Baghdad. Various documents state that the Iraqis believed the French were doing their utmost to prevent the meeting from going ahead. Ann Clwyd, the Labour MP who chairs Indict, said last night that she would be demanding an apology from the French government for its behaviour, which she described as "atrocious". The files, retrieved from the looted and burned foreign ministry by The Telegraph last week, detail the warmth and strength...
  • 'We'll pay all expenses to gain the knowledge from bin Laden and convey a message back'

    04/26/2003 4:23:04 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 18 replies · 333+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | April 27, 2003
    Transcipts of documents linking Iraq to Bin LadenDocument 1, dated February 19, 1998 Marked "Top Secret and Urgent" in the margin and signed by "MDA", thought to be the codename for the director of one of the intelligence sections within the Mukhabarat. "The envoy is a trusted confidant and known by them. According to the above mediation we request official permission to call Khartoum station to facilitate the travel arrangements for the above-mentioned person to Iraq. And that our body carry all the travel and hotel expenses inside Iraq to gain the knowledge of the message from bin Laden and...
  • Syria hands top Iraqi spy to U.S. forces

    04/26/2003 9:41:31 AM PDT · by BallandPowder · 4 replies · 362+ views
    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/ ^ | 03/25/2003 | Greg Miler
    WASHINGTON -- A longtime Iraqi spy official, suspected of involvement in a plot to assassinate former President Bush and of having links to al-Qaida, was delivered to the Iraqi border by Syrian authorities Friday, U.S. officials said. Farouk Hijazi was taken into custody near the Syrian border, U.S. officials said, indicating new cooperation from a government that had been accused of harboring members of Saddam Hussein's deposed regime. Hijazi most recently served as Iraq's ambassador to Tunisia and was formerly ambassador to Turkey. But he is of particular interest to the CIA and the Pentagon because he was "a lifelong...
  • Iraqi unit killed dozens of Hussein's foes: Secret operation detailed in file found

    04/25/2003 4:52:50 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 8 replies · 242+ views
    San Francisco Chrionicle ^ | 4/25/2003 | John Daniszewski
    <p>The Iraqi Intelligence Service established a unit to assassinate Saddam Hussein's enemies at home and abroad that claimed 66 successful "operations" between 1998 and 2000.</p> <p>Found on the floor of a looted Intelligence Service villa on the east bank of the Tigris River in Baghdad, the six-page file described the program and contained suggestions for improving its effectiveness -- including obtaining poisonous gas disguised as perfume or explosives that would detonate when the car of the target passed by.</p>
  • Farouk Hijazi in American custody?

    04/24/2003 7:50:37 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 21 replies · 484+ views
    Batchelor and Alexander Radio Show | 04/24/2003 | John Loftus on Batchelor and Alexander Radio Show
    Listening now to Batchelor and Alexander Radio Show on WABC. Guest now is John Loftus. Loftus claims that the Syrians have sent Farouk Hijazi , former #3 in Saddam's intelligence service, over the border to American custody. From foxnews.com: Hijazi served as the director of external operations for the Mukhabarat in the mid-1990s, when the Iraqi intelligence agency allegedly attempted to assassinate the elder President Bush during a visit to Kuwait. And in December 1998, while he was Iraq's ambassador to Turkey, Hijazi traveled to Afghanistan and reportedly met with Usama bin Laden, officials in Washington said. Details of the...
  • How Saddam tried to cover up Galloway's links with regime

    04/23/2003 4:18:30 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 38 replies · 452+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 24, 2003 | David Blair
    Saddam Hussein sought to protect George Galloway by severing the Iraqi intelligence service's contacts with the Labour backbencher, according to an official document found by The Daily Telegraph in Baghdad. This letter, found in the files of the Iraqi foreign ministry, explained that any disclosure of Mr Galloway's "relationship" with the Mukhabarat, which operated as both secret police and intelligence service, would do great harm to his political career. A letter from Izzat Ibrahim, Saddam's deputy on the Ba'ath Party's Revolutionary Command Council, dated May 6, 2000 stated that: "It is better not to engage the Mukhabarat in the relationship...
  • U.S. Captures 4 Top Iraqis, Including Head of Military Intelligence

    04/23/2003 3:12:16 PM PDT · by Jean S · 15 replies · 274+ views
    AP ^ | 4/23/03 | Matt Kelley
    WASHINGTON (AP) - American forces in Iraq captured four top officials of Saddam Hussein's former government Wednesday, including the air defense force commander and the former head of military intelligence. The highest-ranking official in the group is Muzahim Sa'b Hassan al-Tikriti, who headed Iraq's air defenses under Saddam. He was No. 10 on the U.S. list of the top 55 most wanted officials from Saddam's regime. Gen. Zuhayr Talib Abd al-Sattar al-Naqib, the former head of the Directorate of Military Intelligence, surrendered to U.S. troops Wednesday, a senior Pentagon official said. The directorate monitored the loyalty of Iraq's regular army,...