[eDebate] kurds found saddam+W fucked 'em

Jack Stroube stroube
Sun Jan 4 14:59:29 CST 2004


not only the cheat fucker reneg on the $25 mil bounty but now it looks like the 
Operation Red Dawn was fabricated to cut da kurds out of their rightful slice of the 
politcal pie...what a shame...US military operations have been reduced to stealing info 
from third-rate forces and then swindling them....why has the sodom story dropped 
from the headlines. salzburg wife beater?   i thought this was going to launch the jet 
fuel economy.    is your flight suit still on nice and tight like the sheepskin you'll wear to 
fuck your children like your heros fuck everybody else?

http://www.sundayherald.com/39096

Saddam's Capture - A Deal 
   Brokered Behind The Scenes?
   The Sunday Herald - UK
   1-4-4
   
 When it emerged that the Kurds had captured the Iraqi     dictator, the US celebrations 
evaporated. David Pratt asks whether a secret     political trade-off has been engineered     
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For a story that three weeks ago gripped the world's     imagination, it has now all but 
dropped off the radar.     
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Peculiar really, for if one thing might have been expected     in the aftermath of Saddam 
Hussein's capture, it was the endless political     and media mileage that the Bush 
administration would get out of it.     
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After all, for 249 days Saddam's elusiveness had been     a symbol of America's 
ineptitude in Iraq, and, at last, with his capture     came the long-awaited chance to 
return some flak to the Pentagon's critics.     
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It also afforded the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness     of America's elite 
covert and intelligence units such as Task Force 20     and Greyfox.     
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And it was a terrific chance for the perfect photo-op     showing the American soldier, 
and Time magazine's "Person of the Year",     hauling "High Value Target Number One" 
out of his filthy spiderhole     in the village of al-Dwar.     
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Then along came that story: the one about the Kurds beating     the US Army in the race 
to find Saddam first, and details of Operation     Red Dawn suddenly began to evaporate.     
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US Army spokesmen ? so effusive in the immediate     wake of Saddam's capture ? no 
longer seemed willing to comment,     or simply went to ground.     
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But rumours of the crucial Kurdish role persisted, even     though it now seems their 
previously euphoric spokesmen have now, similarly,     been afflicted by an inexplicable 
bout of reticence.     
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It was two weeks ago that the Sunday Herald revealed     how a Kurdish special forces 
unit belonging to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan     (PUK) had spearheaded and tracked 
down Saddam, sealing off the al-Dwar     farmhouse long "before the arrival of the US 
forces".     
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PUK leader Jalal Talabani had chosen to leak the news     and details of the operation's 
commander, Qusrut Rasul Ali, to the Iranian     media long before Saddam's capture was 
reported by the mainstream Western     press or confirmed by the US military.     
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By the time Western press agencies were running the same     story, the entire emphasis 
had changed however, and the ousted Iraqi president     had been "captured in a raid by 
US forces backed by Kurdish fighters".     
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In the intervening few weeks that troublesome Kurdish     story has gone around the 
globe, picked up by newspapers from The Sydney     Morning Herald to the US Christian 
Science Monitor, as well as the Kurdish     press.     
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While Washington and the PUK remain schtum, further confirmation     that the Kurds 
were way ahead in Saddam's capture continues to leak out.     
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According to one Israeli source who was in the company     of Kurds at a meeting in 
Athens early on December 14, one of the Kurdish     representatives burst into the 
conference room in tears and demanded an     immediate halt to the discussions.     
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"Saddam Hussein has been captured," he said,     adding that he had received word from 
Kurdistan ? before any television     reports.     
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According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the delegate     also confirmed that most of 
the information leading to the deposed dictator's     arrest had come from the Kurds and 
? as our earlier Sunday Herald     report revealed ? who had organised their own 
intelligence network     which had been trying to uncover Saddam's tracks for months.     
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The delegate further claimed that six months earlier     the Kurds had discovered that 
Saddam's wife was in the Tikrit area. This     intelligence, most likely obtained by Qusrut 
Rasul Ali and his PUK special     forces unit, was transferred to the Americans. The 
Kurds, however, are     said to have never received any follow-up from the coalition 
forces on     this vital tip-off and were furious.     
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Whatever the full extent of their undoubted involvement     in providing intelligence or 
actively participating on the ground in Saddam's     capture, the Kurds, and the PUK in 
particular, would benefit handsomely.     
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Apart from a trifling $25 million bounty, their status     would have been substantially 
boosted in Washington, which may in part     explain the recent vociferous Kurdish 
reassertion of their long-term political     ambitions in the "new Iraq".     
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For their own part the Kurds have already launched a     political arrangement designed 
to secure their aspirations with respect     to autonomy, if not nationalist or separatist 
aspirations.     
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To show how serious they are, the two main Kurdish groups,     the PUK and the 
Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), have decided to close     ranks and set up a joint 
Kurdish administration, with jobs being divided     between the two camps. They have 
made it clear to the Americans that their     leadership has a responsibility to their 
constituency.     
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Last week Massoud Barzani, leader of the KDP, called     for a revision of the power-
transfer agreement signed between the US-led     coalition and Iraq's interim governing 
council to recognise "Kurdish     rights".     
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The November 15 agreement calls for the creation of a     national assembly by the end 
of May 2004 which will put in place a caretaker     government by June, which in turn will 
draft a new constitution and hold     national elections     
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"The November 15 accord must be revised and ?Kurdish     rights' within an Iraqi 
federation must be mentioned," Barzani told     a meeting of his supporters.     
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"The Kurds are today in a powerful position but     must continue the struggle to guard 
their unity," he added.     
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This renewed determination to fulfil their political     objectives is shaking up other 
ethnic residents in northern Iraq, who fear     at best being marginalised; at worst 
victimised. Over the last week there     have been increasingly violent clashes between 
Kurdish and Arab students,     and between Kurds and Turkemens, in the oil rich city of 
Kirkuk.     
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Such ethnic confrontations point to another dangerous     phase in Iraq's power-
brokering. If the Kurds did indeed capture Saddam     first, and a deal was struck about 
his handover to the US, then it's not     inconceivable that the terms might have included 
strong political and strategic     advantages that could ultimately determine the 
emerging power structure     in Iraq.     
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?2003 newsquest (sunday herald) limited. all rights     reserved


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