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  • Nigergate: the dangerous relations between Democrat Senators and ex spies

    11/15/2005 10:52:47 AM PST · by parnasokan · 48 replies · 2,034+ views
    november 15, 2005
    Nigergate: the dangerous relations between Democrat Senators and ex spies Here follows an interesting article from the Italian newspaper Il Giornale. I make no comment at all other than ‘read it’. Very soon, under the title “The Rockefeller Connection”, I will post something revealing, something important that until now passed completely under the Radar Screen. Stay tuned .. Nigergate: the dangerous relations between Democrat Senators and ex spies Il GIORNALE 13 November 2005 By Gian Marco Chiocci and Mario Sechi October 9 2002, Rome. Elisabetta Burba, journalist with Panorama magazine, crosses Via Veneto. At the American Embassy someone is waiting...
  • Is Saddam a Liar?; pt3/5 "Those NO TIES Lies"

    09/28/2006 6:41:51 AM PDT · by Blackrain4xmas · 9 replies · 1,149+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | 090911 | Scott Malensek
    Many of the quasi-conclusions are based largely on claims of innocence from Saddam Hussein, “a top official in Saddam’s government, Abid Hamid Mahmoud al-Kattab al-Tikriti,” Tariq Aziz and Faruq Hijazi. These are 4/7 of the primary players in any involvement or potential involvement between Saddam’s regime and al Qaeda. The other 3 primary players are Mohammed al-Douri (He is Saddam’s VP/muscle man/Thug-In-Charge who remains at large. He is also suspected of being the primary source for most of a large portion of the insurgency and most reports place him as directing operations from inside Syria). The last 2 primary players...
  • Saddam adviser Tariq Aziz dies in Iraqi prison

    06/05/2015 8:40:50 AM PDT · by Borges · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/5/2015
    Tariq Aziz—once Saddam Hussein’s deputy prime minister and close adviser-- has died of a heart attack in a hospital in southern Iraq, officials say. Provincial governor Yahya al-Nassiri says Aziz, 79, died on Friday afternoon after he was taken to the al-Hussein hospital in the city of Nasiriyah, about 200 miles southeast of Baghdad, when he fell ill.
  • Late Iraqi Councilor Only Saddam Holdover

    09/25/2003 8:03:56 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 155+ views
    The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq Sept. 25 — Aquila al-Hashimi, a career diplomat, was the only member of Saddam Hussein's regime to be chosen by Iraq's American occupiers to sit on the interim Governing Council. Al-Hashimi died Thursday of gunshot wounds, five days after being ambushed by six men in a pickup truck near her home in western Baghdad. Widely expected to become Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations, she was preparing to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. Her assassination was the latest in a series of assaults against Iraqis who have worked openly with the...
  • Iraq's Talabani says will not sign Tariq Aziz death order

    11/17/2010 1:55:56 PM PST · by WebFocus · 23 replies
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | 11/17/2010 | Vicky Buffery
    PARIS (Reuters) – Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Wednesday he will not sign an execution order for Tareq Aziz, the former deputy of dictator Saddam Hussein sentenced to death last month for crimes against humanity. "No, I will not sign the execution order for Tareq Aziz, because I am a socialist," Talabani told French television France 24 in an interview. "I sympathize with Tareq Aziz because he is an Iraqi Christian. Moreover he is an old man who is over 70," he said. Iraq's high tribunal passed a death sentence on Aziz, once the international face of Saddam's government,...
  • Christopher Hitchens: Don't Hang Tariq Aziz (His execution will threaten Iraq's fragile democracy)

    11/09/2010 9:41:12 AM PST · by WebFocus · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/09/2010 | Christopher Hitchens
    The decision of the Iraqi war crimes tribunal to sentence Tariq Aziz to death is one that needs to be vigorously opposed for several reasons. Although it is true that, as Saddam Hussein's longtime henchman and deputy, he is morally tainted with some of the most appalling crimes in modern history, Aziz was not, in fact, condemned to execution for his part in the annexation of Kuwait, the destruction of the Marsh Arabs, or the attempted genocide against Iraq's Kurdish minority. (Indeed, there is some evidence that he advised his boss against the insane attack on Kuwait in 1990.) For...
  • Saddam aide Tariq Aziz sentenced to hang

    10/26/2010 2:51:34 AM PDT · by South40 · 56 replies · 1+ views
    YahooNews (AP) ^ | 10/25/2010 | HAMID AHMED and BARBARA SURK
    BAGHDAD – Saddam Hussein's foreign minister Tariq Aziz was sentenced to death by hanging Tuesday for persecuting members of Shiite religious parties under the former regime. Iraq's high criminal court spokesman Mohammed Abdul Sahib did not say when Aziz, 74, would be put to death. The death sentence was for a conviction on charges of taking part in a Saddam-led campaign that hunted and executed members of the Shiite Dawa Party, of which current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a member.
  • Newly Declassified Iraqi Testimony Shows Why Saddam Had to Be Removed (There you go, Bush was right)

    10/11/2010 7:37:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 11, 2010 | Ryan Mauro
    Recently declassified documents focusing on the testimony of Tariq Aziz, Saddam HusseinÂ’s deputy prime minister, reminds us why Saddam had to be removed from power. September 11, 2001, taught us that it is too costly to allow a leader with a history of aggression and stated intent to harm the U.S. to maintain links to terrorist groups and acquire weapons capabilities to act upon that sentiment. Newly declassified documents about the testimony of Tariq Aziz, Saddam HusseinÂ’s deputy prime minister, reminds us why Saddam had to be removed from power. Contradicting Saddam HusseinÂ’s testimony where he claimed he actually wanted...
  • France plotted to save allies in Saddam Hussein's regime

    09/07/2009 2:26:50 PM PDT · by Shermy · 9 replies · 835+ views
    Telegraph ^ | September 7, 2009
    Just as President Jacques Chirac was vehemently arguing against invading Iraq in late 2002, General Philippe Rondot wrote that he had been given the green light to "recover" top officials including Tariq Aziz, Saddam's foreign minister. Previously unseen extracts of Gen Rondot's private diaries were reprinted in the newspaper Libération. In a passage dated Dec 3, 2002, the general refers to an "agreement in principle to 'recover' if necessary Mr Aziz and Al-Rafai" – said to be a senior Ba'ath Party politician. The two men were believed to have been considered useful to the French while Gen Rondot knew Aziz...
  • Senior Aide to Hussein Sentenced to 15 Years

    03/12/2009 12:40:57 AM PDT · by managusta · 10 replies · 606+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 12, 2009 | Marc Santora
    BAGHDAD — Tariq Aziz, the senior aide to Saddam Hussein who gained international renown as the public face of Iraq during the Persian Gulf war in 1991, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday for crimes against humanity. It is the second verdict to be issued in a case involving Mr. Aziz, 73. Earlier this month he was acquitted on charges of ordering a brutal crackdown against Shiite protesters after the assassination of a revered cleric. He still faces charges in a third trial involving a massacre of Kurds in 1983. Two of Mr. Hussein’s half brothers, Watban...
  • Tariq Aziz guilty of Iraq murders (15 years slammer)

    03/11/2009 6:50:43 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 37 replies · 2,864+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11 March 2009 | BBC
    Tariq Aziz guilty of Iraq murders Aziz surrendered to US troops in 2003 Tariq Aziz, for many years the public face of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, has been jailed for 15 years for his role in the execution of 42 merchants. Aziz had denied any role in the summary trials of the men accused in 1992 of profiteering during economic sanctions. Two of Saddam Hussein's half-brothers were also found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Baghdad. Another top official, Ali Hassan al-Majid - commonly known as Chemical Ali - was jailed for 15 years. Two other Iraqi...
  • Iraqi court acquits former top aide to Saddam Hussein (But "Chemical Ali" Found Guilty)

    03/02/2009 12:27:40 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 3 replies · 498+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | 3-2-09 | Steven Lee Myers
    Iraq's special criminal court Monday acquitted Tariq Aziz, the man who once served as the urbane, cigar-smoking public face of Saddam Hussein's rule, delivering the most significant not-guilty verdict in a series of prosecutions for crimes against humanity that occurred before the U.S. invasion in 2003. Aziz, who will turn 73 next month, remained in custody, facing charges in two other cases. Only hours after his acquittal, he appeared before another judge to defend himself against charges that he was involved in a massacre of Kurds in 1983. Even so, the verdict - the first in a case against him...
  • Witness in Saddam Aide Trial Tells of Executions (Tariq Aziz)

    05/20/2008 9:53:35 AM PDT · by james500 · 3 replies · 132+ views
    Reuters via ABC News ^ | May 20, 2008
    Iraqi security forces under Saddam Hussein executed traders for breaking price controls and then banned their families from giving them proper funerals, a witness in the trial of a top Saddam aide said on Tuesday. Ex-Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz, accused of playing a role in the execution of dozens of traders, denied involvement. Aziz, who was the public face of Saddam's regime, went on trial last month. They were executed after being accused of breaking price controls imposed in the wake of U.N. sanctions on Iraq in 1990s. Aziz appeared in court wearing a grey suit and supported by...
  • Iraqi court resumes trial of Tariq Aziz

    05/20/2008 1:48:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 161+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/08 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD - Tariq Aziz, one of Saddam Hussein's best-known lieutenants, accused the Shiite-led government of seeking revenge during a trial Tuesday over the executions of dozens of Baghdad merchants in 1992. Aziz told an Iraqi court, which resumed hearing the case against him and seven co-defendants, that he was proud of being a member of Saddam's Sunni-dominated Baath party and serving under the former dictator. But chief prosecutor Adnan Ali said Aziz and his co-defendants, who include Saddam's ailing cousin known as "Chemical Ali," were responsible for the merchants' deaths and urged the court "to issue the suitable punishment that...
  • Tariq Aziz due on trial in Iraq

    04/28/2008 9:51:12 PM PDT · by james500 · 13 replies · 116+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 29 April 2008 03:13 UK
    Iraq's former Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz is due on trial over the deaths of a group of merchants in 1992. Mr Aziz, along with seven other former members of Saddam Hussein's regime, are accused of involvement in the execution of about 40 merchants in Baghdad. The merchants were accused of hiking food prices at a time when Iraq was under international sanctions. They were executed after a speedy trial. Mr Aziz's son, Ziad, has said that his father is innocent. "My father told me personally that he had nothing to do with this case. At the time, my father...
  • Saddam Hussein's Ally Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'Captured' In Iraq

    04/23/2008 5:27:31 PM PDT · by blam · 153 replies · 1,120+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-24-2008 | Damien McElroy
    Saddam Hussein's ally Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'captured' in Iraq By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 12:57am BST 24/04/2008 American forces have captured Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party heir, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the most wanted former regime official still at large, it has been reported. A Middle Eastern television channel said Douri, a key force in the country's devastating insurgency, had been seized in a mountain raid in Saddam's home province of Salahaddin. Most wanted: Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri Douri was King of Clubs in the deck of cards of most wanted Iraqis issued to American soldiers after the war. But...
  • Call to free Iraq's Tariq Aziz

    12/23/2007 7:56:31 PM PST · by james500 · 62 replies · 557+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 24 December 2007, 00:40 GMT
    The spiritual leader of Iraq's Chaldean Christian community has called on US forces to release Saddam Hussein's ex-deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz. Cardinal Emmanuel Delly made the request in his Christmas message. Mr Aziz, who is himself a Christian, gave himself up to US forces after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 but no charges have been brought against him. He was seen in court last year in his pyjamas, testifying for the defence in the trial of Saddam Hussein. "In terms of Tariq Aziz," Cardinal Delly said, "we have to demand the release of all those who were captured...
  • Bush offering deal to Tariq Aziz in exchange for Saddam's secrets?

    08/24/2007 4:16:30 AM PDT · by harwood · 18 replies · 1,619+ views
    Badi Aref, counsel to Tariq Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq in the era of former President Saddam Hussein, siad that the American President George Bush had intervened to release Aziz..
  • Saddam Tried to Build Nuclear ICBM

    06/29/2007 9:40:30 PM PDT · by Anita1 · 16 replies · 1,515+ views ^ | Friday, June 29, 2007 | Stewart Stogel
    UNITED NATIONS -- In a wide-ranging compendium on Saddam Hussein's secret weapons programs, the U.N. Monitoring, Observation, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) reveals that in late 1989, Saddam's military launched a modified Scud missile that could have carried a nuclear warhead. In a document released on Thursday, UNMOVIC states . . . Iraq's deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz, repeatedly waved off Western concerns about the missile program. Now, it has become clear that such concerns were justified . . .
  • Tareq Aziz to seek asylum in Rome

    04/02/2007 6:25:30 AM PDT · by Int · 68 replies · 4,489+ views
    The Peninsula ^ | 4/1/2007 2:38:52
    dubai • Iraqi former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz wants to live in Rome after his release from jail, believing he will be welcomed in the Italian capital, an Arab newspaper reported yesterday. Aziz’s plans were revealed by his lawyer in Baghdad last week, the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat said. “I want to live in Rome. The Pope and Italian officials welcomed me,” Aziz said in answer to a question about his future hopes delivered via his lawyer. Aziz was the only Christian member of Saddam Hussein’s cabinet and frequently met Pope John Paul II and his close advisers,...
  • Saddam lieutenant Pleads To Pope For Mercy (Tariq Aziz)

    01/20/2007 6:32:57 PM PST · by blam · 34 replies · 1,398+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-21-2007 | Malcom Moore
    Saddam lieutenant pleads to Pope for mercy By Malcolm Moore in Rome, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:02am GMT 21/01/2007 Tariq Aziz, the former deputy prime minister of Iraq, has thrown himself on the mercy of the Pope in an attempt to secure his release from US custody. Tariq Aziz's letter to the Pope: Aziz faces a possible death penalty after being charged on Friday with ordering the deaths of tens of thousands of Shia Muslims who rebelled in 1991. Last week he sent a handwritten plea to the Vatican, asking Pope Benedict XVI to act as a guarantor for him...
  • Saddam's Cash

    04/26/2003 7:50:57 AM PDT · by Angel · 73 replies · 2,733+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 5, 2003 | Stephen F. Hayes
    SCATTERED AMONG the loose papers and bound files unearthed last week at the Iraqi Foreign Ministry in Baghdad was "letter no. 140/4/5," labeled "Confidential and Personal" and addressed to "The President's Office--Secretariat." The letter concerns George Galloway, a pro-Saddam member of the British Parliament, who founded a charity known as the Mariam Appeal, ostensibly to aid Iraqi children suffering under U.N. sanctions. The missive, from the Iraqi Intelligence Service, is a request that money be funneled directly to Galloway. It reads in part: His projects and future plans for the benefit of [Iraq] need financial support to become a motive...
  • How Saddam hid his dirty money - Billions in oil sales stashed overseas

    05/04/2003 2:04:49 AM PDT · by kattracks · 41 replies · 1,150+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/04/03 | WILLIAM SHERMAN
    In the hunt for Saddam Hussein's billions, investigators have identified five networks of more than 100 companies used to launder money skimmed from Iraqi oil sales. Saddam's gangster regime set up shell companies in Switzerland, Jordan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Panama, according to investigators. Those company networks and their banking affiliations were used to enrich the former Iraqi strongman, his sons Uday and Qusay, and other family members. "Ultimately, the money was stolen from the Iraqi people," said Taylor Griffin, spokesman for the Treasury Department, which is heading the government's laundering probe along with U.S. Customs, the Secret Service and various...
  • Saddam Henchman Tariq Aziz Crying the Blues to U.S. Supreme Court

    07/26/2006 5:25:20 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies · 882+ views
    The Hawaii Reporter ^ | 25 Jul 06 | Jim Kouri
    Saddam Henchman Tariq Aziz Crying the Blues to U.S. Supreme Court By Jim Kouri, CPP, 7/25/2006 8:13:30 PM Former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz has retained a U.S. attorney, Giovanni Di Stefano, who has made an application to the United States Supreme Court and stated that he "places the US on notice of a Habeas Corpus Application to the United States Supreme Court." A Writ of Habeas Corpus is a judicial mandate to a prison official ordering that an inmate be brought to the court so that the petitioner's case may be heard. Di Stefano said the question presented to...
  • Iraq - Saddam Trial Resumes - Tariq Aziz is defense witness

    05/24/2006 12:25:51 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 336+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | May 24, 2006
    ALARM - Tarek Aziz, witness of defense in the lawsuit of Saddam BAGHDAD - the former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarek Aziz was quoted like witness of defense in the lawsuit of deposed president Saddam Hussein, at the time of the 28th audience Wednesday of the High Iraqi penal court, according to a correspondent of AFP.
  • Galloway inquiry wants Saddam deputy to testify

    04/29/2006 12:42:26 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 558+ views
    The Times ^ | April 29, 2006 | Daniel McGrory and Ali Hamdani
    BRITISH diplomats in Baghdad have asked Tariq Aziz, Iraq’s former deputy prime minister, to help an investigation into allegations that George Galloway was given cash by Saddam Hussein under the Oil-for-Food programme.The diplomats made the secret approach through Mr Aziz’s lawyer this week on behalf of Parliament’s so-called “sleaze buster”. The lawyer, Badie Izzat Arief, claimed that they offered to try and secure Mr Aziz immunity from prosecution on any charges arising from the Oil-for-Food scandal. Embassy officials want to meet Mr Aziz, 70, in the US-run detention centre where he is held with other top members of Saddam’s regime...
  • INVASION IRAQ: Three Years Later - Where are they now? ["Baghdad Bob," Hans Blix, et al]

    03/20/2006 10:22:27 AM PST · by XR7 · 14 replies · 1,661+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/20/06
    Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf ('Baghdad Bob') THEN ...Al-Sahaf’s daily press briefings in the lead-up to the war and in its first weeks led to him being nicknamed Baghdad Bob or Comical Ali (an allusion to “Chemical Ali,” the nickname of former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid.) He gained a considerable cult following, with several Web sites devoted to his outrageous coalition troops stormed the capital, al-Sahaf declared, "The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad."... NOW On 25 June 2003, the London newspaper The Daily Mirror reported that al-Sahaf had been captured by coalition...
  • Report: Saddam feared own army as US invaded

    03/12/2006 8:09:38 AM PST · by Valin · 21 replies · 1,140+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/12/06
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's fear of internal rebellion led him to distrust his military commanders even after U.S. forces began their invasion in 2003, crippling the country's defenses, the New York Times reported in Sunday editions. Citing a classified U.S. military report as well other documents and interviews, the Times also said that top Iraqi commanders were shocked when Saddam told them three months before the war that he had no weapons of mass destruction. Prepared nearly a year ago, the classified military report shows that Saddam discounted the possibility of a full-scale American invasion, the Times said....
  • LIVE THREAD: CSPAN 2 - The Saddam Tapes and WMD translations NOW (12:20pm PST)

    02/21/2006 12:23:22 PM PST · by cgk · 76 replies · 3,878+ views
    CSPAN 2 | 2-21-06
    Posterboard is up on screen showing translations of what Saddam and Tariq Aziz said on the tapes released this weekend at the Intelligence Summit. It sounds like former UN inspector Tierney is the one reading the translations.
  • February 18, 2006 - CD of Saddam Hussein's WMD admission. "BIGGEST STORY OF THE YEAR"

    01/25/2006 9:45:40 PM PST · by SideoutFred · 89 replies · 3,864+ views
    Jonathon Batchelor Show - ABC Radio | 1-25-06 | Me
    Tonight on the Jonathon Batchelor Show on ABC the guest was John Loftis. He claims to have a CD of over 12 hours of tape recorded conversations from 1988 to 2002 of Saddam Hussein, Tariz Aziz and 30 to 40 other Iraqi leaders talking about WMDs, how they hid them from the UN and a whole host of other tidbits. Loftis said the CD has been validated by the NSA as genuine. He would not go into specifics, only that he called it the BIGGEST STORY OF THE YEAR and will release it on February 18th at the Intelligence Forum...
  • Iraq - Lawyer says Tariq Aziz may die within a month

    01/12/2006 1:24:34 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 694+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | January 12, 2006
    Tarek Aziz "fails" and will not live more than one month - the former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarek Aziz, held by the American army, "fails" and will not live more than one month because of a "cerebral embolism and cardiac diseases", affirms its lawyer in public statements Thursday by Arab daily newspaper Al-Hayat. According to Me Badie Arif Ezzat, Tarek Aziz is held in a room "reserved for the dogs". Tarek Aziz "fails and I do not expect that it lives more than one month" because of the continuations of a "cerebral embolism and diseases cardiac", it declared....
  • Nigergate: The shadow of the French inspector

    11/23/2005 10:03:41 AM PST · by parnasokan · 23 replies · 1,466+ views
    IL GIORNALE ^ | November 23, 2005
    Nigergate: The shadow of the French inspector After yesterday’s posting, a close look at Ambassador Wilson, today’s the turn of Mr Jacques Baute. The following article raises some incredible questions and reveals some amazing facts. Mr Baute, a Frenchman, seemed to know all about the the Niger forgeries and kept very quiet about them. The result: the Bush administration was ridiculed. The day after Baute’s organisation, the International Atomic Energy Agency, declared the documents to be forgeries the French Government made a startling announcement..... The Bush administration was decieved by it’s presumed allies and the blame was placed on the...
  • I took Saddam's cash, admits French envoy

    11/17/2005 6:23:55 PM PST · by saquin · 29 replies · 1,287+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11/18/05 | Francis Harris and David Rennie
    One of France's most distinguished diplomats has confessed to an investigating judge that he accepted oil allocations from Saddam Hussein, it emerged yesterday. Jean-Bernard Mérimée is thought to be the first senior figure to admit his role in the oil-for-food scandal, a United Nations humanitarian aid scheme hijacked by Saddam to buy influence. The Frenchman, who holds the title "ambassador for life", told authorities that he regretted taking payments amounting to $156,000 (then worth about Ł108,000) in 2002. The money was used to renovate a holiday home he owned in southern Morocco. At the time, Mr Mérimée was a special...
  • Galloway to face US critics on home turf

    10/31/2005 3:59:08 PM PST · by april15Bendovr · 13 replies · 432+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Oct 31,2005
    Galloway to face US critics on home turf GERRI PEEV POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT Key points • Justice Department to make case against Galloway's alleged oil profitting • Claim documents show money transferred to Galloway's ex-wife • Lawyer of former Iraqi foreign minister is said to deny truth of allegations Key quote "...Mr Galloway will be brought to justice" - Senator Norm Coleman Story in full GEORGE Galloway will mount a crusade to clear his name in the United States after American prosecutors confirmed they were considering a criminal investigation into allegations over his role in Iraq's oil-for-food scandal. Yesterday the US...
  • Iraq Made 11th-Hour Appeal to Avert War, Intermediaries Say

    11/05/2003 6:21:32 PM PST · by Brian S · 102 replies · 593+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11-05-03
    By JAMES RISEN WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 — As American soldiers massed on the Iraqi border in March and diplomats argued about war, an influential adviser to the Pentagon received a secret message from a Lebanese-American businessman: Saddam Hussein wanted to make a deal. Iraqi officials, including the chief of the Iraqi Intelligence Service, had told the businessman that they wanted Washington to know that Iraq no longer had weapons of mass destruction, and they offered to allow American troops and experts to conduct an independent search. They also offered to hand over a man accused of being involved in the...
  • Saddam's apologist, still joking after 28 months in solitary

    08/24/2005 6:23:18 PM PDT · by REactor · 12 replies · 711+ views
    The Times ^ | August 25, 2005 | Rana Sabbagh-Gargour
    Wife and daughters of Tariq Aziz in tears as they tell our correspondent of their first prison reunion IT WAS their first meeting in 28 months, and the family of Tariq Aziz, 69, wept as they described their reunion in an American prison outside Baghdad this week with the man who served for more than a decade as the public face of Saddam Hussein’s regime. “He looked like he had turned 80,” his wife, Violette, told The Times. “He was frail and too tired to walk, even inside the small meeting room. He had to lean against his American military...
  • Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution Objects to Releasing Tareq Aziz

    08/23/2005 10:35:29 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 11 replies · 630+ views
    Baghdad – The Iraqi government refused to comment on the news of the possibility of releasing the former Prime Minister of the former regime Tareq Aziz and Baathi leaders under arrest. News media have noted that the Americans have prepared an 'initiative' to release Tareq aziz and a number of Baathi leaders, with the knowledge of the President Jalal Talebani, Masud Barzani, president of Kurdistan region, and the head of the former government Iyad Allawi. Ali Al Adhadh, distinguished leader in the Supreme Council of the Islamic revolution said, "The American objective of such a bargain is to create a...
  • Tariq Aziz Says He Has Information on 12 year POW Capt. Scott Spiecher (1st Gulf War)

    04/29/2003 8:16:04 PM PDT · by ewing · 83 replies · 564+ views
    FOX News ^ | April 29, 2003 | Greta Van Sustern
    <p>Just caught this update on Gretas show, and that Aziz may have some information on the Captains location.</p> <p>CBS Radio had said that Saddam may have taken Scott to North Tikrit or Syria.</p>

    08/10/2005 6:09:23 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 5 replies · 658+ views
    ADNKI ^ | 8/10/05
    Baghdad, 10 August (AKI) - Saddam Hussein's former foreign minister and deputy prime minister has said he will not testify against Iraq's ousted dictator, or other former members of his regime. The statement by Aziz, who for many years was the face of Saddam's regime on the world stage, was broadcast on the al-Jazeera Arabic television network. "I have no intention of testifying against Saddam Hussein. I will testify against no-one during my interrogations, least of all Saddam," Aziz's statement read. A number of other member's of the former dictator's regime have however given evidence against him, according to unnamed...
  • Aziz Blames Bloody Campaign To Suppress The Shias On Saddam

    06/27/2005 6:23:53 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 550+ views
    Aziz blames bloody campaign to suppress the Shias on Saddam By Our Foreign Staff (Filed: 28/06/2005) Tariq Aziz, the former Iraqi politician who was one of Saddam Hussein's closest associates, blames the bloody suppression of a Shia uprising on his former boss in a video released yesterday. The footage, given out by the tribunal prosecuting members of the deposed regime, is likely to demoralise Saddam loyalists involved in the Iraqi insurgency because it contradicts claims by Aziz's lawyer that he would never betray Saddam. 68-year-old Tariq Aziz [right] appears before the special tribunal Under questioning from an investigative judge six...
  • Kuwait Draws Up Charges Against Saddam

    05/11/2005 3:49:33 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 5 replies · 395+ views
    Associated Press via Newsday ^ | May 11, 2005 | Diana Elias
    KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwaiti prosecutors have drawn up a list of charges against ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and hundreds of his officials for alleged war crimes committed during Iraq's occupation of the Gulf nation, the prosecutor general said Wednesday. The list will be delivered to the Iraqi court that will try Saddam and other former regime members and the new charges will be added to the existing allegations, prosecutor general Hamed al-Othman said, according to the state-owned Kuwait News Agency. Saddam, who was captured in December 2003, already faces charges in Iraq that include killing rival politicians during his...
  • Ex-French minister is probed over oil-for-food (Pasqua)

    04/27/2005 4:09:43 PM PDT · by Shermy · 7 replies · 2,622+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 27, 2005 | Claudio Gatti
    Charles Pasqua, a former French minister of interior, has emerged as one of the highest-ranking targets of the widening investigations into the Iraq oil-for-food scandal. United Nations, US and French investigators are examining Iraqi documents that show officials in Baghdad were instructed to transfer his lucrative oil allocations to an offshore company, to shield him from criticism. Mr Pasqua's alleged role has emerged as inquiries turn to the role of foreign governments in the corruption within the humanitarian aid programme. France and Russia, which opposed the 2003 invasion, have long been accused in the US of being too close to...
  • Saddam's $2m offer to WMD inspector

    03/11/2005 6:36:52 PM PST · by Stars&StripesNE · 203 replies · 7,904+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 3/12/2005 | Francis Harris
    Saddam's $2m offer to WMD inspector By Francis Harris in Washington (Filed: 12/03/2005) Saddam Hussein's regime offered a $2 million (Ł1.4 million) bribe to the United Nations' chief weapons inspector to doctor his reports on the search for weapons of mass destruction
  • UN investigators question Tareq Aziz in Iraq on Oil-for-Food

    03/01/2005 1:30:07 PM PST · by Shermy · 25 replies · 939+ views
    AFP ^ | March 1, 2005
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - Tareq Aziz, one of Saddam Hussein's jailed right-hand men, was interrogated in Baghdad by representatives of a UN panel investigating corruption in Iraq's oil-for-food programme, his lawyer told AFP. Aziz also made a desperate handwritten and verbal appeal through his lawyer to be allowed to see his family. The meeting with the three investigators lasted almost eight hours and took place at a detention facility near Baghdad's international airport in the presence of US military and government personnel and an Iraqi investigating judge, said defense attorney Badie Aref Izzat. "They had no right to question him like...
  • Exclusive: MP Galloway's Saddam link held in Amman

    04/23/2003 4:23:43 PM PDT · by Shermy · 24 replies · 660+ views
    Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) ^ | April 23, 2003 | Mustapha Karkouti
    A Jordanian business man, Fawaz Zureikat, whose name was revealed yesterday as an allegedly business intermediary between Labour member of Parliament George Galloway and Saddam Hussain's regime, has been detained in Amman. George Galloway MP, a familiar face to Arab public, is at the top of the news once again, but this time as having been, allegedly, on the pay-roll of Saddam Hussain's regime, at least since 2000. The allegations, claimed to have been uncovered in "secret documents" found by a reporter in two charred boxes at the first floor of the looted foreign ministry in Baghdad are many and...
  • Nobody said, "It's Going To Be Easy" - (Colonel Bob Pappas' new column!)

    01/06/2005 1:50:53 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 340+ views
    It is well known that the northern part of Iraq is dominated by Kurds, the central portion by Sunni Muslims, and the South by Shiite Muslims, and that the population of Iraq is some 60% plus Shiite Muslim, which incidentally is the same faction as the one that has held sway in Iran since the fall of the Shah. Saddam Hussein and his henchmen are Sunni Muslims (with the exception of Tariq Aziz, Hussein’s former Deputy Prime Minister, who is “Christian”) as is most of the Muslim world including, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait, Turkey and others; in short, Sunni...
  • Top female Iraqi scientist in U.S. custody has cancer, lawyer claims

    12/31/2004 11:56:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 1,128+ views
    AP ^ | 12/31/4
    BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi lawyer said Friday that one of Saddam Hussein's former top scientists, known as "Mrs. Anthrax," has cancer and is dying in U.S. custody where she has been held for more than a year. A U.S. military spokesman for detainee operations in Iraq refused to comment on the report that Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash has cancer. "I am not able to discuss the health condition of our detainees," said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson. "Certainly we have medical care available to take care of any detainee." Ammash, a top Baath party official and biotech researcher who got her...
  • AIM Report: Saddam's Secret Campaign to Stop the War

    12/25/2004 11:28:41 PM PST · by Nick Danger · 25 replies · 1,523+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 23, 2004 | AIM
    The U.S. is engaged in a bloody war in Iraq for the purpose of eliminating the remnants of a terrorist regime, foreign terrorists, and bringing democracy to Iraq and the region. It is a big gamble that has put radical Islam on the defensive around the world. But shocking evidence demonstrates that controversial former U.S. Marine and former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter, who now writes for the anti-American Arab "news" organization Al Jazeera, was involved in a controversial effort to stop the war by enlisting prominent personalities in a "peace" campaign.
  • 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...
  • Saddam says: Good morning, I have some questions ("Chemical Ali" Scared, Shaking)

    06/30/2004 4:46:00 AM PDT · by kattracks · 219 replies · 791+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/30/04 | Michael Georgy
    BAGHDAD, June 30 (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein, who brutalised Iraqis for decades, said good morning and sought to ask some questions when the United States handed him over to Iraqi justice on Wednesday, a witness said. Saddam, who was captured hiding near his hometown of Tikrit in December, looked in good health as he appeared before an Iraqi judge in the first legal step towards a trial for the cruelties he inflicted during his 35 years of power. "Saddam said good morning and asked if he could ask some questions," Salem Chalabi, a lawyer leading the work of a tribunal...