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  • Pentagon Spokesman Clarifies Gates Comment on Saddam’s Ouster

    09/21/2007 5:57:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 60+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has long believed that removing Saddam Hussein was “the right thing to do,” a top Defense Department spokesman said yesterday. In a news briefing, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell countered media reports that suggest Gates did not agree with the president’s view that it was necessary to topple Saddam’s regime. In an interview Sept. 17 with a newspaper reporter after a speech in Williamsburg, Va., the secretary was asked: “Now, do you think in retrospect, knowing what we know about (weapons of mass destruction), it was worth doing?” Morrell said...
  • Saddam's Daughter On 'Most Wanted' List

    07/02/2006 8:28:27 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 818+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-3-2006 | Jim Muir
    Saddam's daughter on 'most wanted' list By Jim Muir in Baghdad (Filed: 03/07/2006) Saddam Hussein's first wife, Sajida Tulfah, and his daughter Raghd appeared yesterday alongside the new Iraqi al-Qa'eda leader on a list of 41 fugitives most wanted by the Iraqi government. The list includes high officials of Saddam's former Baathist regime as well as Islamist activists in the violent insurgency. Abu Hamza al-Muhajer Rewards are on offer, with the biggest bounty $10million (£5.4million), for Saddam's erstwhile right-hand man, Izzat Ibrahim, who has eluded capture for three years and apparently survives on the run despite numerous rumours of his...
  • 2003 Document: Saddam Ordered To Treat The Arab Feedayeen Terrorists The Same As Iraqi Soldiers

    04/20/2006 2:00:22 PM PDT · by jveritas · 99 replies · 8,067+ views
    Pentagon/FMSO Iraq Pre-War documents ^ | April 20 2006 | jveritas
    Document ISGQ-2004-00060580 is a memo that contains a direct order form Saddam Hussein in the middle of the war asking to treat the Arab Feedayeen i.e. the non Iraqi Foreign Arab Terrorists as equal as the Iraqi soldier in salary and benefits and not just any soldier but like those in the Special Forces. These are the same Arab terrorists who stayed in Iraq after the removal of the regime and caused those horrible attacks mostly on innocent civilians. This document is a follow on another document where the Iraqi were training Foreign Arab terrorist since the year 2000 (please...
  • Country on 'Cusp of Greatness' Three Years After Saddam's Fall

    04/11/2006 4:19:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 652+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 11, 2006 – Three years after his brigade seized control of Baghdad's international airport from Iraqi forces' control, Army Col. William Grimsley said he believes that country is taking the critical first steps toward reclaiming its past greatness. Grimsley, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Combat Brigade Team during the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, said history - not current events - will tell the true story of Iraq's metamorphosis. And that story will show how Iraq ultimately emerged from almost 40 years of a regime that ignored the people's needs and undermined its potential, Grimsley,...
  • Bush Says Iraq Building Democracy From Saddam's Rubble

    04/10/2006 5:36:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 224+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2006 – Iraqis are beginning to build a "democracy from the rubble" of Saddam Hussein's regime, but enemies still hope to stop the process, President Bush said here today. Bush spoke at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He said members of Saddam's regime, Iraqi insurgents and foreign terrorists "dream of turning Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban - a safe haven from which to plot and plan new attacks against America and our allies." The enemies of a free and democratic Iraq want to ignite a civil war, he...
  • Saddam's Trial Features 'Minimal' U.S. Involvement

    01/25/2006 6:10:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 158+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 25, 2006 | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2006 – U.S. involvement with Saddam Hussein's sometimes noisy, protracted trial in Baghdad "is minimal," a senior Defense Department spokesman said here today. "The court proceedings are all Iraqi-government run (and) handled," Bryan Whitman told reporters at the Pentagon, noting that the U.S. military is involved with some aspects of Saddam's detention. Saddam and seven of his former aides are being tried for crimes against humanity for allegedly being involved in the killing of about 150 people in the village of Dujail, Iraq, in July 1982. Coalition and U.S. forces deposed the then-dictator in April 2003. U.S....
  • President Meets With Victims of Saddam's Regime

    01/18/2006 8:29:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 250+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 18, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2006 – President Bush today called the trial of Saddam Hussein an important milestone for Iraq. "One of the interesting moments will come here this year when Saddam Hussein's trial is brought forth for the world to see -- to see the butcher, the person who brutalized many people or ordered the brutality of many people here at this table get his due justice under rule of law," Bush told a group of visiting Iraqi citizens who had been abused during Saddam's regime. "It's been my honor to visit with folks who know firsthand the brutality of...
  • US Sets Saddam's Scientists Free

    12/19/2005 3:04:06 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 669+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-19-2005
    US sets Saddam's scientists free Huda Ammash was educated in the US Eight former aides to Saddam Hussein - including two women accused of making biological weapons - have been released from US custody in Iraq. The freed detainees no longer pose a security threat, a US spokesman said. They include Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, nicknamed by the US "Mrs Anthrax" and Rihab Taha, also known as "Dr Germ". Reports have been circulating of a pre-election deal to free former regime figures in order to appease Iraq's Sunni Arabs, correspondents say. A US military spokesman in Baghdad said eight detainees...
  • Prison Stands as Testament to Saddam's Evil

    12/17/2005 3:53:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 499+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 17, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    The Americans moved onto the grounds of what was Saddam's Directorate of Internal Security. At its center is a prison that could comfortably hold 500. At times, it had 3,000 people jammed into it. The prison had no name and is surrounded by the high-rise quarters that once housed the torturers and their families. One corner of the prison - the area with the guard's offices - was hit by a precision-guided bomb. Now the area is the headquarters of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division. The Marne Division soldiers use cells as storage areas and...
  • Saddam's Hometown Palace to Transfer to Iraqis (The Citizenry Claim Their Rightfull Property)

    11/21/2005 4:43:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 535+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov 21, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2005 – In what's being regarded as a highly symbolic development in Iraq, coalition forces will turn over former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's palace in Tikrit to the new Iraqi government during Nov. 22 ceremonies. The sprawling palace complex in Saddam's hometown, 90 miles north of Baghdad, is the largest and most elaborate of his presidential sites, a senior military official in Iraq said today on background. The U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division initially secured the complex in 2003, dubbing it Camp Iron Horse. The camp served as the division's headquarters when its members captured Saddam in...
  • Dujail Resident Recalls Saddam's Wrath

    10/19/2005 6:19:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 596+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 19,2005 | Capt. Steve Alvarez, USA
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2005 – In the summer of 1982, Mustafa Hassan Ali al-Doujaily watched the Iraqi army enter his hometown. Soldiers flattened date palm and fruit orchards and surrounded the town for months, beating and intimidating the populace into submission with systematic harassment, kidnappings and killings. Doujaily spoke with American Forces Press Service by telephone from his home in Iraq. More than 140 Shiite men and boys were killed, and several hundred more were captured -- including women and infants -- many of whom remain missing more than 20 years later. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein brought his wrath down...
  • American Spy - Saddam's Secret Campaign to Stop the War

    12/25/2004 7:23:56 PM PST · by coffee260 · 37 replies · 1,758+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 23, 2004 | AIM Report
    If Ritter had been successful, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein could still be in power threatening his neighbors and the U.S. and rebuilding his capability for producing weapons of mass destruction with money stolen from the corrupt U.N. oil-for-food program. The Plan Unfolds The evidence shows some interest in the Ritter plan by former President Jimmy Carter and former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev—and support by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. But were the media secretly supporting the ploy? Ritter says famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh kept it confidential. Another key question: Was the leak of an Internet sex sting involving Ritter an...
  • Abbas Apologizes for Being Ethnically Cleansed

    12/12/2004 2:54:15 PM PST · by stevejackson · 1 replies · 514+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | December 12, 2004
    The Arab world is all one big happy family again. OK, dysfunctional, but happy. No, well, unhappy and as twisted as usual. While visiting Kuwait today, Palestinian presidential front-runner, Mahmoud Abbas, apologized for his people’s support of Saddam’s invasion of the Gulf emirate in 1990. Isn’t that special? (remember Dana Carvey as the “Church Lady” on SNL?). This happened just after Kuwait’s sultans (or whatever they’re called) forgave the Palestinian people for supporting Saddam’s invasion. Kuwait’s leadership went so far as to say they didn’t even expect a public apology for Palestinian support of the 1990 war. Now, isn’t that...
  • 70 Killed During Capture Of 'Saddam's Aide' (Al-Douri)

    09/05/2004 9:44:00 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 1,584+ views
    IOL ^ | 9-5-2004 | Waleed Ibrahim/Tom Perry
    70 killed during capture of 'Saddam's aide' September 05 2004 at 04:02PM By Waleed Ibrahim and Tom Perry Baghdad - Iraqi and US forces arrested a man believed to be the most-wanted Saddam Hussein aide still on the run in a bloody raid on Sunday in which 70 of his supporters were killed and 80 captured, the government said. The defence ministry said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri - who was sixth on the US list of the 55 most-wanted members of Saddam's regime and had a $10-million price on his head - was captured in Tikrit, Saddam's hometown and powerbase north...
  • Bush Keeps Saddam's Pistol as Souvenir

    05/30/2004 9:16:04 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 87 replies · 361+ views
    aolnews.com ^ | 5 29 04 | MATTHEW COOPER
    May 30) -- When Saddam Hussein was rousted from his spider hole in Dawr, a town near Tikrit, by U.S. soldiers last December, Iraq's fallen dictator was clutching a pistol. He is now in detention at an undisclosed location, being questioned by American authorities and awaiting charges for war atrocities and crimes against humanity. But what ever happened to the pistol? The sidearm has made its way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Sources say that the military had the pistol mounted after the soldiers seized it from Saddam and that it was then presented to the president privately by some of...
  • Cashiered Over Cache in Baghdad

    05/29/2004 7:08:35 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 426+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/28/04 | David Zucchino
    <p>HINESVILLE, Ga. -- He took the money. Sgt. Matt Novak admits that much. He and several fellow soldiers could not resist after discovering nearly $200 million in $100 bills sealed inside a gardener's cottage in a Baghdad palace complex last spring.</p>
  • Saddam's Man Takes Over In Fallujah

    04/30/2004 7:29:41 PM PDT · by blam · 149 replies · 320+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-1-2004 | Toby Harnden
    Saddam's man takes over in Fallujah By Toby Harnden in Baghdad (Filed: 01/05/2004) A former senior general in Saddam Hussein's army made a triumphant entry into the besieged city of Fallujah yesterday and was greeted by flag-waving locals celebrating the departure of US marines. Maj Gen Jassem Mohammed Saleh, who headed Saddam's infantry forces, is to take over as head of what American officials are calling the "1st battalion of the proposed Fallujah Brigade". Maj Gen Jassem Mahmood Saleh arriving in Fallujah This is a new force to police the Sunni stronghold. His appearance came as two marines were killed...
  • Saddam's Bolt-Hole Has To Go, Say Americans

    01/25/2004 4:40:42 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 256+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-26-2004 | Jack Fairweather
    Saddam's bolt-hole has to go, say Americans By Jack Fairweather in Baghdad (Filed: 26/01/2004) Iraqis have reacted with a mixture of bemusement and annoyance to plans by the US military to fill in the spider hole where Saddam Hussein was captured. The spot marking Saddam's humiliating seizure has been guarded round the clock by American troops since the former dictator surrendered without a fight in December. It was the second time he had hidden at the farmhouse in the village of ad Dawr, on the outskirts of Tikrit - the first was in 1959 after a botched assassination attempt on...
  • Inside Saddam's Lair, The Detritus Of A Fugitive's Life

    12/15/2003 8:12:40 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 370+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12-16-2003 | Rory McCarthy
    Inside Saddam's lair, the detritus of a fugitive's life Rory McCarthy in Ad Dawr, where Saddam existed in squalor not far from his former palace Tuesday December 16, 2003 The Guardian (UK) There is a rickety wooden ladder leading to the corrugated iron roof on top of the brick hut and if he had climbed up, leant against the date palm and peered out on a clear day, Saddam Hussein might just have been able to make out his opulent Tikrit palace further upstream on the far bank of the Tigris. Perhaps he took that image with him and with...
  • Saddam's Young Grandkids Break Down In Tears

    12/14/2003 6:17:00 PM PST · by blam · 54 replies · 301+ views
    IOL ^ | 12-14-2003
    Saddam's young grandkids break down in tears December 14 2003 at 07:03PM Amman - Grandchildren of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who sought haven in Jordan with their mothers in July, broke down in tears when they were told Sunday of his capture, parents of their schoolmates told AFP. Raghad and Rana Saddam Hussein and their nine children were granted refuge in Jordan, where they live in a former palace of King Abdullah II's late father, King Hussein, on a hill in eastern Amman. Their children attend two exclusive private schools in Jordan, where the families have kept a low...
  • CIA Plays Down Hopes Of Finding Saddam's WMD

    09/24/2003 5:27:19 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 228+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-25-2003 | George Jones/Alec Russell
    CIA plays down hopes of finding Saddam's WMD By George Jones, Political Editor, and Alec Russell in Washington (Filed: 25/09/2003) In its first public comments on the search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the CIA conceded last night that a long-awaited report on the hunt would reach "no firm conclusions". The comments appeared to underline diminishing hopes in Washington and Whitehall that WMD would be found. After several months in Iraq following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, David Kay, a former United Nations weapons inspector and the civilian head of the 1,400-strong Iraq Survey Group, is expected to submit...
  • Saddam's Torture CDs Go On Sale

    09/23/2003 5:52:17 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 493+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-24-2003 | Patrick Bishop
    Saddam's torture CDs go on sale By Patrick Bishop in Baghdad (Filed: 24/09/2003) The home movies of the family of Saddam Hussein, including grisly scenes of torture, are proving a best-seller on the streets of Baghdad. Some of the images show the dictator in a paternal role, smiling fondly at his brood and dandling their offspring on his knee. But the kitsch sequences are interspersed with dark recordings of torture sessions and executions. In one, Saddam's son Uday is seen lashing the soles of the feet of a soldier with a rubber pipe as his victim screams with pain and...
  • Saddam's sons had $100 million stash

    07/28/2003 9:13:41 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 14 replies · 285+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 28 2003 | Associated Press
    U.S. soldiers found a stash of cash and a briefcase of goodies in the mansion where Odai and Qusai Hussein were killed last week. The brothers had $100 million in U.S. dollars and Iraqi dinars, according to a report published Sunday. Based on the contents of a briefcase belonging to Odai, Saddam Hussein's elder son seemed to be preparing more for a night out than a fight. It contained pain-killers, cologne, Viagra, unopened packages of men's underwear, dress shirts, a silk tie and a condom, Newsweek reported. They also had two women's purses. Sunday, U.S. forces focused their hunt for...
  • Are Saddam's Sons Alive? They may be equally dead or alive (Actual Title)

    07/25/2003 2:19:42 PM PDT · by bedolido · 42 replies · 252+ views
    Pravda ^ | 07/25/03 | Nikita Petrov
    The consequences of death of Saddam Hussein's sons give rise to several questions. If the questions remain unanswered, the death of the two important figures in Iraq looks unbelievable. It is not ruled out that the liquidation of the brothers was in fact a special operation launched to cover them up. The question number one: what did the men do in one of the main Kurd cities while it is known that their father had poisoned thousands of Kurds? We may suppose they just picked out an unusual way of committing a suicide there. On the contrary, they merely decided...
  • No Tears Shed For Saddam's Sons In The Gulf

    07/23/2003 8:49:26 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 234+ views
    IOL ^ | 7-23-2003 | Samia Nakhoul
    No tears shed for Saddam's sons in the Gulf July 23 2003 at 03:57PM By Samia Nakhoul Dubai - No tears are being shed for Saddam Hussein's two slain sons but many analysts in the Gulf warned the United States on Wednesday against complacency after the surprise breakthrough. Politicians, analysts and ordinary people across the region said Washington still had a long list of political woes to address in Iraq to restore stability before claiming victory. "Americans should not consider this as a big victory. They should not bask in their glory. They should look at it as another step...
  • Saddam's Closest Aides May Be Trying To Flee To Belarus

    06/23/2003 3:49:27 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 179+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 6-24-2003 | Patrick Cockburn
    Saddam's closest aides may be trying to flee to Belarus By Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad 24 June 2003 Senior officials of the former Iraqi regime may be trying to flee to Belarus, according to evidence discovered when Saddam Hussein's chief aide was captured last week. Passports from the former Soviet republic were found with Abed Hamid Mahmoud, the Iraqi leader's closest confidant, when he was detained by American troops near Tikrit a week ago, said Hoshyar Zebari, a senior Kurdish official privy to intelligence on the hunt for Saddam Hussein. "Abed Hamid had just returned from Syria where he had...
  • Continuing Iraqi Violence 'May Be On Saddam's Orders'

    06/09/2003 3:49:11 PM PDT · by blam · 169+ views
    Ananova ^ | 6-9-2003
    Continuing Iraqi violence 'may be on Saddam's orders' A secret wartime Iraqi intelligence document ordered agents to start an underground terror campaign if Saddam Hussein was ousted. The decree reportedly tells operatives to sabotage infrastructure, loot and assassinate religious leaders to help destabilise the occupying forces. According to the Washington Times, the document was found in Basra and indicates that the current mayhem is part of an organised plan by the toppled regime. A US soldier yesterday became the eighth victim of attacks by Saddam loyalists in the last two weeks when he was shot dead at a checkpoint in...
  • Invite Us To UK Says Saddam's Two Daughters

    06/07/2003 5:25:57 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 196+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-8-2003 | Philip Sherwell
    Invite us to UK say Saddam's two daughters By Philip Sherwell in Baghdad (Filed: 08/06/2003) The eldest daughter of Saddam Hussein has broken her silence to tell The Telegraph that she and her sister have no plans to seek asylum in Britain, as it would not be "appropriate". Raghad Saddam Hussein, who remains in hiding in Iraq with her sister, Rana, said they might, however, move to Britain if they were granted visas. Last week their cousin, Izzi-Din Hassan al-Majid, who lives in exile in Leeds, told a newspaper that the sisters wanted to apply for asylum in Britain. Making...
  • Saddam's cousin lands in the UK

    06/05/2003 9:30:41 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 259+ views
    icNewcastle ^ | June 05 2003
    The cousin of Saddam Hussein has landed in Britain, airport officials confirmed. Izzi-Din Mohammed Hassan al-Majid is believed to be organising asylum applications on behalf of the former Iraqi dictator's two daughters, Raghad and Rana Hussein, in Britain. Officials at Leeds Bradford airport confirmed a KLM flight from Amsterdam landed this morning with Mr al-Majid on board. A large group of reporters had gathered in the arrivals lounge at the airport hoping to speak to the former dictator's cousin. It is understood Mr al-Majid was spoken to by immigration officials before being allowed to continue his journey. Raghad and Rana...
  • Saddam's Nephew Finds Sanctuary In Syria

    05/17/2003 5:28:46 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 430+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-18-2003 | Con Coughlin
    Saddam's nephew finds sanctuary in Syria By Con Coughlin in Baghdad (Filed: 18/05/2003) A leading member of Saddam Hussein's family has been discovered living in Damascus under the protection of the Syrian government after fleeing Iraq last week, The Telegraph can reveal. Fatiq al-Majid, one of Saddam's nephews, entered Syria last Monday after leaving Iraq at the al-Rabie'a checkpoint, which is under the control of American troops. Majid was given a Syrian visa and made his way to Damascus, where he is now living in exile. Majid confirmed his presence in Damascus when contacted by telephone by The Telegraph last...
  • Lebanon Recovers L300M Of Saddam's Stash

    05/14/2003 3:55:08 PM PDT · by blam · 189+ views
    Ananova ^ | 5-14-2003
    Lebanon recovers £300m of Saddam's stash Lebanon's central bank has located and secured £307 million in Iraqi funds, a Treasury official said. David Aufhauser, general counsel in the Treasury Department, said the disclosure by Lebanon was a sign of the progress being made in the worldwide search for Saddam's assets. Aufhauser told the House Financial Services oversight subcommittee that the assets in Lebanon apparently came from Iraq's central bank and other sources. The United States has stressed that all recovered assets will be used to help the people of Iraq and rebuild the country. Much of the money was taken...
  • Palestinian Families Mourn Passing Of Saddam's Donations For Suicide Bombers and 'Martyrs'

    05/06/2003 3:43:51 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 418+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 5-7-2003 | Justin Huggler
    Palestinian families mourn passing of Saddam's donations for suicide bombers and 'martyrs' By Justin Huggler in Beit Hanoun, Gaza 07 May 2003 With the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, the flow of millions of dollars that the Iraqi leader sent to support the Palestinian intifada has abruptly ended. The man who used to distribute Saddam's money, Ibrahim Za'anin, lives in Beit Hanoun, in the Gaza Strip near the border with Israel. You would not think from his humble bungalow that $12.5m (£7.7m) passed through his hands. But appearances can be deceptive in the Gaza Strip. In the hot...
  • Captured: The Torturer And Killer Who Hid Saddam's Cash

    04/17/2003 4:51:10 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 479+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-18-2003 | Donald Macintyre
    Captured: the torturer and killer who hid Saddam's cash By Donald Macintyre at Central Command, Doha 18 April 2003 Barzan Al-Tikriti, Saddam Hussein's half-brother and one of his most feared associates, was captured yesterday by American-led marines and special forces in what was probably the most important operation of its kind since the war began. Barzan, who allegedly personally took part in the torturing to death of opponents, was seized in a raid in south Baghdad. He is believed to have helped Saddam Hussein to hide billions of dollars in other countries and has also been held responsible for the...
  • Fresh Troops To Target Saddam's Home Town As Hunt Continues

    04/09/2003 5:28:00 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 216+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-10-2003 | John Lichfield
    Fresh troops to target Saddam's home town as hunt continues By John Lichfield 10 April 2003 Even before fighting ends in Baghdad, American forces are turning their attention to Tikrit, 110 miles to the north – Saddam Hussein's home town and the likely last bastion of resistance of his regime. Despite Kurdish claims yesterday that President Saddam has escaped from the capital to take refuge in the town, some US commanders suggested that they were in no hurry to surround or capture Tikrit. Air attacks were reported yesterday on Republican Guard units in and around the town but US military...
  • The War in Iraq is Wrong

    04/09/2003 9:46:29 AM PDT · by Jonathan AG · 384 replies · 1,278+ views
    Ban me, but have the courage to accept the truth. This War is wrong. Many innocent Iraqis have died. Many Americans have died. Iraq is in chaos. No food. No water. No power. I don't care if staged events involving a few criminals and looters make the people appear to be happy. Ask the ones who had their lives destroyed by American bombs. There are no WMDs. America will remain in Iraq long enough to: A) plunder its resouces B) ensure a Bush election victory in spite of massive deficits and a terrible economy. THIS WAR IS WRONG.
  • America's 'Digital Division' (4th ID) Heads For Saddam's Stronghold

    04/06/2003 5:58:12 PM PDT · by blam · 45 replies · 527+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-7-2003 | Donald Macintyre
    America's 'digital division' heads for Saddam's stronghold By Donald Macintyre in Qatar 07 April 2003 Units from the hi-tech US 4th Infantry Division, which was blocked by a decision of the Ankara parliament from entering Iraq from Turkey, have begun a 350-mile dash north from Kuwait towards Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's home stronghold some 100 miles north of Baghdad. Deployed in combat for the first time since the Vietnam War, the 4th Infantry is seen as a counterweight to Iraqi forces to the north of the capital and could be used if pro-Saddam forces tried to stage a last stand in...
  • Saddam's Army Retreats To Mosul With Heavy Losses

    04/02/2003 5:27:04 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 236+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-3-2003 | Patrick Cockburn
    Saddam's army retreats to Mosul with heavy losses By Patrick Cockburn near Mosul, northern Iraq 03 April 2003 The Iraqi army's northern front began to collapse yesterday as troops pulled back in confusion to the city of Mosul after suffering heavy losses from US air strikes and fighting with Kurdish militia. Sarbast Babiri, a Kurdish commander, smiled triumphantly as his men, many wearing captured Iraqi helmets, milled around him. "The Iraqi army has withdrawn to positions nine kilometres north of Mosul. They left behind heavy machine-guns, rocket launchers, food and many dead bodies," he said. The crumbling of the northern...
  • 'Dead bodies are everywhere' ... Saddam's first martyrs lost

    03/21/2003 3:19:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies · 331+ views
    smh.com ^ | March 22 2003 | Lindsay Murdoch
    Herald Correspondent Lindsay Murdoch, travelling with a Marines artillery unit, reports on one of the war's first battles on the Iraq-Kuwait border. There was little initial resistance as the United States Marines swept into southern Iraq early yesterday. One of the first encounters of the ground war was more like a massacre than a fight. The Iraqi gunners fired first, soon after United States President George Bush announced the attack on Saddam Hussein was under way. It was a fatal mistake. The Iraqi artillery unit, preparing for the American invasion, had tested the range by firing registering shots at a...
  • Saddam's Troops Fire The First Shots Of The Conflict

    03/18/2003 6:40:35 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 280+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 3-19-2003 | Patrick Cockburn
    Saddam's troops fire the first shots of the conflict By Patrick Cockburn in northern Iraq 19 March 2003 Two Iraqi helicopters fired machine guns and rockets into three Kurdish villages on the front line north of Kirkuk yesterday, in the first shots intended to kill in the coming war. ''There were two of them, one an attack helicopter and the other normally used for transport, attacking the villages where people herding cattle live," Mohammed Fateh, a local Kurdish military commander, said. Kurdish officers believe that the Iraqi helicopter attack on the three impoverished and half-ruined villages of Bashtapa, Girdalanka and...
  • UN Inspectors Uncover Proof Of Saddam's Nuclear Bomb Plans

    01/18/2003 4:22:37 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 345+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-19-2003 | Con Coughlin
    UN inspectors uncover proof of Saddam's nuclear bomb plans By Con Coughlin (Filed: 19/01/2003) United Nations weapons inspectors have uncovered evidence that proves Saddam Hussein is trying to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons, The Telegraph can reveal. The discovery was made following spot checks last week on the homes of two Iraqi nuclear physicists in Baghdad. Acting on information provided by Western intelligence, the UN inspection teams discovered a number of documents proving that Saddam is continuing with his attempts to develop nuclear weapons, contrary to his public declarations that Iraq is no longer interested in producing weapons of...
  • The Day Saddam's Soldiers Fled At The Sight Of American Uniforms

    12/03/2002 4:30:45 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 293+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-03-2002 | Wendell Steavenson
    Day Saddam's soldiers fled at the sight of American uniforms Wendell Steavenson (Filed: 03/12/2002) The front line between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and autonomous Kurdistan-Iraq is half an hour's drive outside the Kurdish city of Erbil. Across the Euphrates, up on a ridge of low hills, Iraqi soldiers can be seen hanging their washing next to pillboxes of piled-up stones. Sometimes they come down to the riverbank to cadge cigarettes from the Kurdish peshmerga guerrillas. "The condition of the Iraqi soldiers is very bad," said Najat Tahar Barzani, the Kurdish Democratic Party commander in the area. "They are like beggars. And...
  • Saddam's 'Cynical' Offer Is Rejected (US/UK)

    09/17/2002 5:50:59 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 183+ views
    Saddam's 'cynical' offer is rejected By Toby Harnden, Philip Sherwell, George Jones and Anton La Guardia (Filed: 18/09/2002) The United States and Britain promised last night to continue to press for a United Nations Security Council resolution against Iraq. They dismissed Saddam Hussein's offer to readmit arms inspectors as a cynical ploy. France, Russia and China, the other three permanent members of the Security Council, welcomed Saddam's move and said a resolution was not now needed. However, officials in Washington told journalists that contingency planning for war would continue.President George W Bush did not respond directly to Iraq's offer but...
  • Terror of tyrant's mistress in gilded prison (30 years as Saddam's on-off lover)

    09/07/2002 8:48:47 PM PDT · by USA21 · 5 replies · 98+ views
    The Observer ^ | September 8, 2002 | David Rose
    Terror of tyrant's mistress in gilded prison After 30 years as Saddam's on-off lover, the woman he called 'the blonde' has escaped Iraq to tell a story of rape and humiliation He called her 'Shaqraa' - the blonde. When she married another man after their youthful fling, he had her husband thrown into prison and his assets seized. His son raped her daughter when she was 15. Now, after a terrifying escape from Baghdad and months in hiding, Saddam Hussein's on-off mistress for more than 30 years has finally broken her silence. In 13 hours of videotaped interviews conducted by...
  • Analysis: Saddam's Arsenal: From Chemical Weapons To Nuclear Programme

    09/04/2002 3:53:32 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 436+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-5-2002 | Anne Penketh
    Analysis: Saddam's arsenal: from chemical weapons to nuclear programmeUN experts, now barred from Baghdad, previously uncovered a terrifying arsenal which, if reactivated, could engulf the entire region By Anne Penketh 05 September 2002 Two hours after American warplanes struck Iraqi targets at the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991, President George Bush went on national television to report that a main war goal was to "knock out Saddam Hussein's nuclear bomb potential". Forget liberating Kuwait. Eleven years later, his son, President George Bush Jnr, is using remarkably similar language about weapons of mass destruction to justify a new military...
  • America Rattles Saddam's Cage Hoping He Will Lash Out In Anger

    07/12/2002 2:46:07 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 315+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 7-13-2002 | Rupert Cornwell
    America rattles Saddam's cage hoping he will lash out in anger By Rupert Cornwell in Washington 13 July 2002 The Bush administration is seeking to prove that a war can be won by sabre-rattling alone. Amid an almost deafening public indifference to the prospect, hardly a day goes by without a new report or disclosure suggesting that a US attack, at the end of this year or early next, is a virtual certainty. The official position was set out by President George Bush at his press conference on Monday. America is committed to "regime change" in Baghdad and will use...