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  • Never-Before-Seen Videotaped Testimony of Former Iraqi General Confirming Iraq had WMD

    05/11/2006 12:34:55 PM PDT · by LittleBillyInfidel · 60 replies · 2,945+ views ^ | 5-11-6 | LittleBillyInfidel
    BREAKING! The following is the transcript of General Ali Ibrahim Al-Tikriti’s first videotaped testimony. Additional videotapes will be released by in the future. Salaam Americans. I was formerly known as Iraqi Fedayeen Major General, Ali Ibrahim Al-Tikriti. I was one of Saddam's chief Generals dealing with his secret nuclear, chemical, and biological programs. Our weapons programs were fully operational in the mid-late 1980's where we used such weapons on numerous occasions against Iranian positions as well as the infamous attack on Halabjah. After the Gulf War our weapons programs were driven deep underground to avoid international inspections. We composed...
  • WHAT GOD IS DOING IN IRAQ: Born-again Iraqi General [Sada, Virginia book-signing]

    05/02/2006 6:06:50 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 7 replies · 949+ views
    Iraqi General Georges Sada has an incredible story to tell. A passionate evangelical Christian, he once served as a top advisor to Saddam Hussein. Today, he serves as a senior advisor to Iraq’s President and is the author of Saddam’s Secrets: How One Iraqi Defied and Survived Saddam Hussein. Come hear him take you inside his world – where Jesus is drawing Iraqis to Himself in the most amazing way. Monday, May 22, 2006 7:30pm Smith Center McLean Bible Church McLean, Virginia General Sada be interviewed by Joel C. Rosenberg, the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Jihad,...
  • No Jail Time for Officer Convicted of Killing Iraqi General

    01/24/2006 1:05:26 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 41 replies · 1,330+ views
    FORT CARSON, Colo. (Jan. 24) - A military jury recommended a simple reprimand Monday for an Army officer who killed an Iraqi general by stuffing him headfirst into a sleeping bag and sitting on his chest during an interrogation. As soldiers applauded in the courtroom, Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. hugged his wife after hearing the surprisingly light sentence, which will be reviewed by Fort Carson's commander, Maj. Gen. Robert W. Mixon. The commander cannot order a harsher sentence, defense attorney Frank Spinner said. Welshofer, 43, was charged with murder, but was convicted over the weekend of negligent homicide...
  • Army Officer Found Guilty in Iraqi's Death

    01/21/2006 10:38:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 47 replies · 1,321+ views
    AP ^ | 1/21/6 | JON SARCHE
    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- An Army interrogator was convicted of negligent homicide late Saturday in the death of an Iraqi general at a detention camp. A panel of six Army officers also convicted Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr., 43, of negligent dereliction of duty but acquitted him of assault after six hours of deliberations. Welshofer was accused of putting a sleeping bag over the head of Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush, sitting on his chest and using his hand to cover the general's mouth while asking him questions in 2003. Welshofer, who stood silently and showed no reaction...
  • US soldier accused of killing Iraqi general goes on trial

    01/16/2006 6:43:37 PM PST · by Tyche · 6 replies · 510+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 16, 2006 | AP
    DENVER (AP) - An Army officer is scheduled to go on trial today in the grisly suffocation death of an Iraqi general amid speculation his lawyer will argue the general was already weakened by a severe beating at the hands of a group linked to the CIA. Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr is charged with murder in the 2003 death of Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush. Prosecution documents say Mowhoush had been placed headfirst in a sleeping bag and bound during interrogation, and that he died with one officer sitting on him. The documents say an electrical cord may...
  • IRAQ: Ex-general says Iranian led torture of detainees ~ The Iran hand shows.....

    12/13/2005 3:00:47 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 660+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2005 | Paul Martin and Maria Cedrell
    BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi general formerly in charge of special Interior Ministry forces said yesterday that a senior Iranian intelligence officer was in charge of a network of detention centers where suspected insurgents were routinely tortured and sometimes killed.     Gen. Muntazar Jasim al-Samarrai spoke to The Washington Times just as Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said he had widened an urgent investigation into complaints of abuse and torture in the country's detention facilities.     The prime minister, who has been pressured by Washington and United Nations officials to end prisoner abuses, promised at a press conference a "very quick" public announcement on...
  • Iraqi Military Chief Cites Progress, Challenges

    12/12/2005 3:42:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 338+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 12, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 12, 2005 – The highest-ranking military officer in Iraq said over the past year his country's armed forces have accomplished "almost a miracle." Speaking through a translator, Army Gen. Babakir Shawkat Zebari said only one battalion was capable of operating with coalition forces when he became the Iraqi military's chief of staff. Now dozens are taking the lead in the counterinsurgency fight, and many more are operating with coalition forces. In the west, he said, Iraqi forces now allow the coalition to hold areas. In the past, coalition forces would move into an area, clear out the terrorists...
  • General: Iraqis to train on Fort Huachuca

    12/09/2005 5:40:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 575+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — A few Iraqi officers will come to this Southern Arizona Army post early next year for intelligence training, the commander of the Intelligence Center said Thursday. Maj. Gen. Barbara Fast said the center also is preparing a cultural training video for the Army that will include a recent interview with the Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations. Saying the future of Iraq is in the hands of its citizens, Fast said ensuring the security forces of that Middle East country have a well-trained intelligence function is critical to ensuring Iraq is a democracy. “We’ll get our first...
  • Former Iraqi PM al-Zubaydi Dies at 67

    12/05/2005 12:16:40 PM PST · by Borges · 18 replies · 610+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 12/05/05
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Former Prime Minister Muhammad Hamza al-Zubaydi, one of the top Saddam Hussein-era leaders captured in Iraq, has died at a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad, an American military spokesman said Monday. He was 67. Al-Zubaydi, a Shiite Muslim, died of heart failure Friday and the U.S. military is awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death, according to Lt. Col. Barry Johnson. Al-Zubaydi, a retired Revolutionary Command Council member who led Saddam's forces in central Iraq during the initial stages of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, was one of the 55 most wanted members of Saddam's toppled...
  • Iraqi officers weigh rejoining Army

    11/08/2005 2:27:01 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 12 replies · 506+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 09, 2005 | Scott Peterson
    BAGHDAD – With military bearing and the signature thick mustaches of Iraqi officers, Sunni men are considering the government's fresh offer to rejoin the ranks. Across town, a former Sunni general sees the offer not as a sellout, but a way out. "It's a very good start to improve the security situation," says Abu Nawar, who asked to go by his nickname. "This chaos and mayhem in Iraq started because of [the] decision to dissolve the Army." Even as an insurgency rages, their uniforms have hung idly at home since US officials disbanded the Army - inadvertently fueling the rebellion...
  • Give us money or our jobs back: ex-Saddam officers

    11/05/2005 2:52:19 PM PST · by ncountylee · 32 replies · 616+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 5 November 2005
    BAGHDAD - About 100 officers from Saddam Hussein’s disbanded army on Saturday demanded proper retirement benefits or jobs in Iraq’s new military force. The officers, of various ranks and from around the country, made their demands at a meeting with with President Jalal Talabani on the occasion of the Eid Al Fitr holiday. Iraq’s army was dissolved in a controversial move by US overseer Paul Bremer after US-led forces invaded the country in 2003. The cashiered officers have since received a small, symbolic payment from the government. On Saturday the call was extended to include former non-commissioned officers and warrant...
  • Iraq calls for former officers to rejoin army-(get saddam too while you at it)

    11/03/2005 3:48:55 AM PST · by Flavius · 6 replies · 337+ views
    IHT ^ | NOVEMBER 3, 2005 | By Edward Wong The New York Times
    BAGHDAD The Iraqi government issued a broad call Wednesday for the return of officers from the disbanded army of Saddam Hussein. The move was a major step aimed at trying to drain the insurgency of military recruits and bolstering the nascent Iraqi force being trained by the Americans. The Defense Ministry said in a written statement that all former officers who had held the rank of major or lower could go to recruitment centers in six cities across Iraq throughout November. The ministry has been quietly recruiting ex-officers for more than a year, but the announcement marks the first time...
  • Country needs you, Iraq tells Saddam's officers

    11/02/2005 8:16:44 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 6 replies · 532+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 2 2005 | Hiba Moussa
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi government issued a plea on Wednesday to former officers in Saddam Hussein's military who were sacked by the U.S. occupiers after his fall to return to the army as it battles a fierce Sunni Arab insurgency. In a statement, issued on the eve of the main annual Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, Defense Minister Saadoun Dulaimi, one of the few Sunnis in government, invited former officers with the ranks of major, captain and lieutenant to return to the forces. "Those who wish to rejoin the new Iraqi army to serve the precious homeland should go...
  • US One Step Behind 'Iraqi Phantom' (Al-Douri)

    10/27/2005 6:39:03 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 714+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-28-2005 | Adrian Blomfield
    US one step behind 'Iraqi phantom' By Adrian Blomfield in Dour (Filed: 28/10/2005) Some senior Iraqi officers call him a phantom. In certain western coalition circles, he is known as Macavity, the mystery Ba'athist. Six times in the last 10 months, US forces say they have come tantalisingly close to catching Izzat al-Douri, Saddam Hussein's former right-hand man and the second-most wanted fugitive in Iraq. Izzat al-Douri, Saddam's former right-hand man But each time he has managed to slip away, though on some occasions the Americans claim to have been so close that they found the dinner still on his...
  • Iraqi Colonel's Passion Unabated by Daughter's Slaying (Tissues Needed)

    10/14/2005 6:12:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 792+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 14, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2005 – Passion for his country, pride in his soldiers and acceptance of his own personal sacrifice are traits exuded by Col. Abbas Fadhil, the Iraqi military commander in Taji, Iraq, a senior Defense Department official recalled here after meeting him in Iraq. Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Allison Barber, who led a group of military analysts on a visit to Iraq the week of Oct. 17, said that in the first several months after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the colonel began recruiting soldiers to join the new Iraq military. After he had been on television several...
  • Ex-army officers attack 'chaos' of Iraqi regime

    09/29/2005 1:41:21 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 34 replies · 833+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 29 September 2005 | Patrick Cockburn
    It was meant to be a moment of reconciliation between the old regime and the new, a gathering of nearly 1,000 former Iraqi army officers and tribal leaders in Baghdad to voice their concerns over today's Iraq. But it did not go as planned. General after general rose to his feet and raised his voice to shout at the way Iraq was being run and to express his fear of escalating war. "They were fools to break up our great army and form an army of thieves and criminals," said one senior officer. "They are traitors," added another. General Salam...
  • Iraqi general shot in Baghdad, US forces deny role

    08/20/2005 1:49:01 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 624+ views
    Reuters | August 20, 2005
    BAGHDAD, Aug 20 (Reuters) - An Iraqi general who commands the country's Border Police was shot and wounded while driving in Baghdad late on Saturday but U.S. forces denied that it was American troops who fired on his car. Major General Ali Hamadi was initially taken to the civilian Yarmouk hospital, where a medical source said he told doctors who treated him for an abdominal wound that he had been shot by U.S. soldiers. Sources at police headquarters, who like Hamadi report to the Interior Ministry, gave a similar account. But a spokesman for the U.S. military command in...
  • Iraqi officers leave British military school

    08/17/2005 7:25:51 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 277+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 18, 2005 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    The first Iraqi soldiers to be trained in Britain since the fall of Saddam Hussein ended their training in Brecon, mid-Wales, yesterday. Thirty-five officers and non-commissioned officers were picked from Iraqi army recruits and will return to Iraq to the Ar Rustimiyah Military Academy near Baghdad. There they will train the new generation of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). Some of the students served in the Republican Guard during Saddam Hussein's regime. One, Captain Durgar Jassim, fought against British forces, having joined the army 12 years ago, in 1993.But he said that training with those he was formerly fighting presented...
  • Al-Qaeda-linked ex-general arrested in Iraq

    06/15/2005 12:45:27 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 26 replies · 1,255+ views
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - A former Iraqi general believed to be Jordanian extremist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's "military adviser" was arrested west of Baghdad. Abed Dawood Suleiman and his son, former army captain Raed Abed Dawood, were picked up in a morning raid on their house in Khalidiya, west of Baghdad, a defense ministry source said Wednesday. Zarqawi, the Al-Qaeda frontman in Iraq, is believed to have masterminded much of the country's violence, including car and suicide bombings that killed almost 700 people in May alone. He has a 25-million-dollar price on his head. "Abed Dawood Suleiman is considered to be Abu...
  • Iraqi Army, U.S. forces arrest former Saddam general

    05/29/2005 6:16:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 14 replies · 795+ views ^ | May 29, 2005 | Task Force Baghdad PAO
    Iraqi Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division teamed up with Task Force Baghdad Soldiers to take down a former general from the old regime in a middle of the night raid carried out in west Baghdad May 29. The man captured was part of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence network and was also involved with the Fedayeen, a criminal secret police organization of the old regime. He now leads the military wings of several terror cells operating in the west Baghdad neighborhood of Ghazaliyah. The terrorist groups concentrate their attacks on U.S. troops using bombs, mortars and rocket...
  • US troops shoot dead Iraqi general: police

    03/17/2005 12:39:11 PM PST · by Prost1 · 25 replies · 1,230+ views
    ABC NewsOnline ^ | Wednesday, March 16, 2005. 8:34am (AEDT) | AFP
    The deputy commander of the Iraqi army in western Al-Anbar province was shot dead by US troops at a checkpoint Tuesday night, a police officer said. "The US forces opened fire at 8:00 pm on Brigadier General Ismail Swayed al-Obeid, who had left his base in Baghdadi to head home," police Captain Amin al-Hitti said. "They spotted him on the road after the curfew, which goes into effect at 6pm," the officer said in Baghdadi, 185 kilometres west of the capital. No immediate reaction was available from the US military. US forces have struggled to build up Iraqi security forces...
  • Iraqi general shot dead by US troops at checkpoint west of Ramadi: police

    03/15/2005 3:28:41 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 73 replies · 2,602+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | March 15, 2005
    RAMADI, Iraq - The deputy commander of the Iraqi army in western Al-Anbar province was shot dead by US troops at a checkpoint Tuesday night, a police officer said. "The US forces opened fire at 8:00 pm (1700 GMT) on Brigadier General Ismail Swayed al-Obeid, who had left his base in Baghdadi to head home," police Captain Amin al-Hitti said. "They spotted him on the road after the curfew, which goes into effect at 6 pm," the officer said in Baghdadi, 185 kilometres (142 miles) west of the capital. No immediate reaction was available from the US military. US...
  • Iraqi General Dead; 3 U.S. Soldiers Killed

    02/13/2005 7:12:05 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 11 replies · 680+ views
    Yahoo News Page ^ | 13 Feb 2005 | By JAMIE TARABAY, Associated Press Writer
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Gunmen assassinated an Iraqi general and two companions in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad on Sunday, and election officials said an alliance of Shiites won the most votes in the Jan. 30 elections. On the military front, three U.S. soldiers were killed when their vehicle rolled into a canal Sunday, the military said. The men from Task Force Danger were on a combat patrol near the town of Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad, the U.S. command said in a statement. In violence in the north, insurgents attacked a U.S. convoy and a government building near the...
  • Iraqis: Captured ex-general funded insurgents

    02/06/2005 5:05:38 PM PST · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 1,075+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/6/05 | CNN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi security forces arrested a former general in Saddam Hussein's military whom they accuse of financing insurgents, including the makers of roadside bombs used against U.S. troops, the country's interim government said Sunday. Khamis Masin Farhan al-Ugaydi, also known as Abu Sabaa, was a brigadier general in the Iraqi army during Saddam's regime, according to a statement from the interim government. The 51-year old Arab was captured December 20 in Beiji, north of the capital, after elements of the Iraqi national guard and other security forces acted on a tip from Iraqis. The government did not...
  • Saddam general offers exit strategy-(New Boss same as the old Boss)

    01/27/2005 5:03:27 PM PST · by Flavius · 3 replies · 526+ views
    The Australian ^ | 27 January 2005 | James Hider, Tikrit
    ACCORDING to the logic of post-war Iraq, General Abdullah Hussein should be out in a field somewhere in the western deserts, sniping at US troops or setting road bombs. A Sunni army commander from Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, he fought the invading US forces until the day Baghdad fell, then saw his beloved army ignominiously defeated by the vastly better-armed US forces. Hundreds of officers, jobless and desperate, turned to the resistance in a confused search for justice or retribution. General Hussein, by contrast, will be running in Sunday's US-brokered elections. Not only that, he believes up to...
  • Top Iraqi General Rejects Bush's Criticism of Government Troops

    12/26/2004 2:46:48 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 15 replies · 686+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 26 | BASSEM MROUE
    Iraq's top general Sunday rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's criticism that some Iraqi government troops were unwilling to fight insurgents and have deserted the battlefield, saying the president had been misinformed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Gen. Babaker Shawkat Zebari also said that the man who carried out Tuesday's attack suicide attack on a U.S. base in Mosul - in which 22 people died - was not a member of the Iraqi security forces. He spoke as the Ansar al-Sunna Army group, which has claimed responsibility for the Mosul strike, released a video on a website showing...
  • Former Saddam general captured in US, Polish-backed raid

    10/02/2004 12:12:53 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 18 replies · 920+ views
    TurkishPress ^ | October 02, 2004
    BAGHDAD, Oct 2 (AFP) - A former general in Saddam Hussein's armed forces was captured along with nine other people in counter-insurgency operations conducted by Polish, US and Iraqi troops in south-central Iraq on Saturday, the military said. "As a result of the operations, 10 suspects were detained, including a man who was a general in Saddam Husseins former army and is wanted by Iraqi police," the multinational force said in a statement, without identifying the general. Five of those detained were quickly released after questioning at the scene, it said. A cache of AK-47 rifles and ammunition was also...
  • U.S. Arrests Commander of Iraqi Nat'l Guard (former Saddam officer)

    09/26/2004 9:06:19 AM PDT · by citizen · 26 replies · 885+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, September 26, 2004 | AP
    U.S. Arrests Commander of Iraqi Nat'l Guard Sunday, September 26, 2004 BAGHDAD, Iraq — American troops have arrested a senior commander of the U.S.-trained Iraqi National Guard (search) for alleged ties to insurgents, underscoring the obstacles toward building a strong Iraqi security force capable of taking over from U.S. troops and restoring stability to the country. Lt. Gen. Talib al-Lahibi (search), who previously served as an infantry officer in Saddam Hussein's army, was detained Thursday in the province of Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, said Lt. Col. Steven Boylan, a spokesman for coalition forces in Iraq. Boylan said Sunday that authorities...
  • Senior Commander of Former Iraqi Republican Guard Captured (Led Elite Baghdad Troops)

    07/18/2004 1:51:34 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 5 replies · 778+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 7/18/2004 | china view
    Sufyan Maher Hussein, a senior commander of the former Iraqi Republican Guard was captured in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit in northern Iraq, the US military said Sunday.Sufyan was arrested on July 16, according to US Miliary spokesman Major Neal O' Brien.'He is suspected of planning and financing attacks against the Iraqi people, Iraqi security forces and multinational forces,' O'Brien said.The 201st Iraiq National Guard Battalion, backed by multinational forces, captured Hassan in a raid in Tikrit on Friday, he added.End item
  • Body of Iraqi general found - executed

    04/20/2003 9:31:42 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 58 replies · 3,411+ views
    Dagens Eko (Swedish Radio News) ^ | 20th April 2003 | Bengt Therner
    Reported on Swedish Radio News 5.45 PM (GMT+1): After a two day search among the countless graves outside the Abu Greb prison 75 km west of Baghdad the headless body of the former Iraqi airforce general Ali Hussein Habib was found in a shallow grave. The body was identified by Habib's widow and brother in-law, Abu Haldoun. Habib was a retired air-force general who had been one of the persons in charge of the Iraqi chemical weapons program. General Habib was one of the few Iraqis who eventually agreed to be interviewed by UN weapons inspectors without any Iraqi government...
  • Who Is Ahmed Hikmat Shakir?

    06/23/2004 11:43:23 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 19 replies · 641+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 23, 2004 | Stephen F. Hayes
    According to Knight-Ridder, the mysterious Iraqi was "employed with the aid of an Iraqi intelligence officer" and later "accompanied two Sept. 11 hijackers from the airport to a hotel where the pair met with Ramzi Binalshibh, a key planner of the attacks, and Tawfiz al Atash, who masterminded al Qaida's strike on the USS Cole in October 2000." Interesting, no?THE WASHINGTON POST reported yesterday morning that an Iraqi present at a key al Qaeda summit may not be the same Iraqi listed on lists of officers of the Saddam Fedayeen captured in postwar Iraq. In Al Qaeda Link to Iraq...
  • CIA: No Iraqi Officer Link In Al-Qaeda Meeting

    06/22/2004 7:38:47 AM PDT · by lugsoul · 110 replies · 460+ views
    Newsday ^ | June 22, 2004 | Knut Royce
    WASHINGTON -- The CIA concluded "a long time ago" that an al-Qaida associate who met with two of the Sept. 11 hijackers in Malaysia was not an officer in Saddam Hussein's army, as alleged Sunday by a Republican member of the 9/11 commission.
  • Iraqi officer in al Qaeda, papers show

    06/22/2004 10:13:13 AM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 9 replies · 752+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 21, 2004 | Guy Taylor
    Iraqi officer in al Qaeda, papers show By Guy Taylor THE WASHINGTON TIMES A senior officer in Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's security services was a member of the terrorist group that committed the September 11 attacks, a member of the commission investigating the suicide hijackings said yesterday. "There is at least one officer of Saddam's Fedayeen, a lieutenant colonel, who was a very prominent member of al Qaeda," said September 11 commission member and former Navy Secretary John Lehman. Although he stressed that the intelligence "still has to be confirmed," Mr. Lehman told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the information...
  • Iraqi officer in al Qaeda, papers show

    06/21/2004 3:45:16 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 3 replies · 282+ views
    W Times ^ | 6/21/04 | Guy Taylor
    A senior officer in Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's security services was a member of the terrorist group that committed the September 11 attacks, a member of the commission investigating the suicide hijackings said yesterday. "There is at least one officer of Saddam's Fedayeen, a lieutenant colonel, who was a very prominent member of al Qaeda," said September 11 commission member and former Navy Secretary John Lehman.
  • Iraq Officer Tied to Al-Qadea

    06/20/2004 1:13:02 PM PDT · by Tennessean4Bush · 76 replies · 5,900+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/20/2004 | Peter Kaplan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks has been told "a very prominent member" of al Qaeda served as an officer in Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s militia, a panel member said on Sunday. Republican commissioner John Lehman told NBC's "Meet the Press" program that the new intelligence, if proven true, buttresses claims by the Bush administration of ties between Iraq (news - web sites) and the militant network believed responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America. "We are now in the process of getting this latest intelligence," Lehman said. Commission Chairman Thomas Kean...
  • Iraqi General Urges Support of U.S. Troops

    05/16/2004 2:32:01 PM PDT · by toolbreaker · 53 replies · 464+ views
    Drudge ^ | May 16, 2:54 PM (ET) | KATARINA KRATOVAC
    Iraqi General Urges Support of U.S. Troops May 16, 2:54 PM (ET) By KATARINA KRATOVAC FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - A former Saddam Hussein-era general appointed by the Americans to lead an Iraqi security force in the rebellious Sunni stronghold of Fallujah urged tribal elders and sheiks Sunday to support U.S. efforts to stabilize Iraq. Retired Maj. Gen. Mohammed Abdul-Latif rose to prominence after nearly monthlong battles last month between the Marines monthlong battles in April between the Marines and insurgents hunkered down in Fallujah's neighborhoods. "We can make them (Americans) use their rifles against us or we can make them...
  • U.S. in Falluja Turns to General Who Defied Saddam

    05/03/2004 3:14:00 AM PDT · by kattracks · 17 replies · 264+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/03/04 | Michael Georgy, Reuters
    FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S. Marines besieging Falluja brought in a former Iraqi general with a history of standing up to Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) on Monday to lead a force they have charged with putting down an insurgency in the city. After outrage among victims of the Baathist regime at their appointment of a former general in his feared Republican Guard, U.S. commanders have now brought in another ex-general, Mohammed Latif, to take overall command of the Falluja Brigade. As U.S. commanders struggle to stamp out open rebellion in two cities and bombings that kill...
  • Former Iraqi brass pledges to guard Fallujah

    04/30/2004 3:59:59 PM PDT · by saquin · 77 replies · 433+ views
    North County Times ^ | 4/30/04 | Darrin Mortenson
    FALLUJAH, Iraq ---- A dozen former Iraqi generals and intelligence officers met Friday with U.S. military leaders and pledged to lead a brigade of 1,000 Iraqi soldiers to replace the Marines fortifying the city's borders. But U.S. military officials cautioned that the arrival of the Iraqi forces in this embattled city, possibly as early as today, does not necessarily mean peace. "They are still doing some planning on how to do a transition from U.S. forces to Iraqi security forces in Fallujah," Marine Col. John Toolan said Friday, choosing his words carefully while describing the new arrangement that other officials...
  • Ex-Hussein General to Lead Iraqi Forces

    04/30/2004 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 266+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 30, 2004 at 12:02:24 PDT | BASSEM MROUE
    FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi forces took over positions from withdrawing Marines and raised the Iraqi flag at the entrance to Fallujah on Friday under a plan to end the monthlong siege of the city and shift security responsibilities to Iraqis led by a former general who served under Saddam Hussein. Moves to end the siege, which drew strong criticism internationally and from America's Iraqi allies, began despite a suicide car bombing that killed two Marines and wounded six at a garrison on the outskirts of the city. U.S. officials provided no further details on the attack. Negotiations were also...
  • U.S. Marines Hand Falluja to Former Saddam General

    04/30/2004 3:56:58 AM PDT · by The_Victor · 565 replies · 498+ views
    Yahoo (Reuters) ^ | 4/30/04 | Fadel Badran
    FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. Marines handed control of Falluja to a former general in Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s feared Republican Guard on Friday in bid to end a month-long siege that killed hundreds in the city and infuriated Iraqis. In what appeared to be a reversal of Washington's policy of excluding members of Saddam's Baathist regime from power, Jasim Mohamed Saleh told Reuters his force would help police and other Iraqi security forces bring order to the town. The commander of the Marines, who were pulling back from siege positions around the city of 300,000, was quoted...
  • Former Iraqi general netted in raid

    02/05/2004 10:41:33 PM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 205+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/06/04 | Vijay Joshi, AP
    <p>BAGHDAD — U.S. and Iraqi forces captured more than 100 insurgency suspects in raids across the country, arresting a former Iraqi general and another Iraqi thought involved in a suicide bombing last month, the U.S. command said yesterday.</p> <p>Insurgents lobbed a mortar shell at a checkpoint near the airport in Baghdad yesterday, killing a U.S. soldier and wounding another, the command said.</p>
  • Iraqi Colonel: WMD Could've Been Launched in 45 Minutes

    12/08/2003 5:37:41 AM PST · by GigaDittos · 16 replies · 374+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, December 07, 2003
    <p>Saddam Hussein (search) had weapons of mass destruction and his army was capable of firing them off in less than 45 minutes, according to statements from an Iraqi colonel.</p> <p>Lt. Col. al-Dabbagh told the London Telegraph that cases of WMD warheads were shipped under cover of darkness to front-line units, including his own, near the end of 2002, in a report published in Sunday editions.</p>
  • Iraqi Officers: Al Qaida Operatives Were Trained Near Baghdad (911 Training/Rehearsals)

    12/25/2003 1:47:35 AM PST · by 11B3 · 54 replies · 1,714+ views
    Geostrategy ^ | 25 Dec 03 | Geostrategy Direct
    Iraqi Officers: Al Qaida Operatives Were Trained For War Near Baghdad (Trained For 911 By Iraq - Take That Rats!!) Saudi nationals helped Saddam Hussein recruit and finance Al Qaida insurgents as part of preparations to confront U.S. troops in Iraq. Iraqi officers who have been interrogated by the United States and coalition officials reported the Saudi role in recruiting and training of Al Qaida units in Iraq. The officers said Saddam, through Saudi contacts, had invited Al Qaida insurgents to form suicide and other units to stop the U.S. military in March. Saddam's contacts with Al Qaida, the officers...
  • Iraqi officers: Al Qaida operatives were trained near Baghdad (Saddam recruited Al Qaeda)

    12/24/2003 5:33:52 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 48 replies · 449+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | Dec. 30, 2003 | Geostrategy-Direct
    Saudi nationals helped Saddam Hussein recruit and finance Al Qaida insurgents to confront U.S. troops in Iraq. Iraqi officers who have been interrogated by the United States and coalition officials said Saddam's contacts with Al Qaida preceded the group's Sept. 11, 2001 strikes on New York and Washington. They said Saudi envoys helped Al Qaida insurgents to enter Iraq and begin training in camps around Baghdad.
  • U.S. Troops Nab Top Ex-Officer in Saddam Force

    12/22/2003 2:35:44 AM PST · by FreedomPoster · 38 replies · 297+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon December 22, 2003 03:00 AM ET
    BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. forces arrested a former top officer in Saddam Hussein's once-feared security services suspected of directing anti-American attacks north of Baghdad, U.S. officers said on Monday. The man, a major-general in the former intelligence department, was detained during overnight searches in the town of Baquba, 40 miles north of the capital, they said. Dozens of people were arrested in similar raids on towns in mainly Sunni Muslim central Iraq, the scene of the fiercest armed resistance to U.S. occupation and where Saddam still enjoys wide support. Hundreds of Iraqis suspected of ties to the insurgents have...
  • IRAQ: Hussein confidant became informant

    12/16/2003 12:15:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 51 replies · 453+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Updated: 7:20 a.m. ET Dec. 16, 2003 | Alan Sipress - Washington Post
    TIKRIT, Iraq - After raiding two farmhouses, the soldiers had found no sign of Saddam Hussein. Under a moonless sky on Saturday night, they began combing the palm groves and orange orchards, then moved on to the open, furrowed fields.   Once again, it was beginning to look as if Iraq´s most wanted man had eluded them. An informant, a confidant of Hussein whom they had brought along on the operation, had led them to that farm on the Tigris River. Now he pointed them to the very spot where Hussein was hiding in an underground chamber, according to soldiers...
  • (Iraqi)Officer says China aided air defenses

    12/15/2003 7:24:36 AM PST · by milestogo · 21 replies · 250+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Con Coughlin
    <p>LONDON — Chinese military advisers played a key role in helping Iraqi air defenses withstand coalition air strikes in the months preceding Operation Iraqi Freedom, an Iraqi colonel says.</p> <p>Lt. Col. al-Dabbagh, whose revelations about Saddam Hussein's battlefield weapons of mass destruction capabilities were revealed exclusively last week in the Sunday Telegraph, said he worked with a number of Chinese air-defense specialists during 2002 and the early part of this year to devise methods to stop coalition air strikes from destroying Iraq's air defenses.</p>
  • Iraqi army chief backs WMD claim

    12/06/2003 5:24:19 PM PST · by Mark Felton · 28 replies · 787+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/6/03 | Associated Press
    AN Iraqi officer has identified himself as the source for a British claim about Saddam Hussein's weapons that sparked a controversy marked by the death of a British government arms expert. The Sunday Telegraph said Lt Col al-Dabbagh identified himself as the source for the British government's assertion that Iraq could have deployed chemical or biological weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of a decision to do so. The paper gave the officer's surname only, citing fears for his safety if he was fully identified. Prime Minister Tony Blair's office declined comment on the newspaper report, which featured in...
  • The truth, at last. An Iraqi Colonel: "The West Should Thank God Iraq decided NOT to fight."

    12/06/2003 4:21:49 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 95 replies · 513+ views
    The truth, at last(Filed: 07/12/2003) "The West should thank God that the Iraqi army decided not to fight," Lt Col Dabbagh tells the Telegraph's intrepid Con Coughlin in today's newspaper. "If the army had used these weapons there would have been terrible consequences." The weapons Col Dabbagh was referring to are Saddam Hussein's stocks of chemical and biological warheads. A senior officer at the heart of Saddam's armed forces, the colonel was the conduit of the now-infamous claim in the intelligence dossier which Tony Blair presented to Parliament and to the country: the claim that Saddam had the capacity to...
  • Top Saddam general shot dead

    12/06/2003 8:24:08 AM PST · by HuntsvilleTxVeteran · 39 replies · 392+ views ^ | 06Dec03 | From correspondents in Baghdad
    Top Saddam general shot dead From correspondents in Baghdad 06Dec03 GUNMEN shot dead today a former secret police general who had been in charge of western Baghdad under ousted strongman Saddam Hussein, a witness told said. General Khalaf Alussi died at his home under a hail of bullets fired by four men, said Wissam Idan, a 24-year-old building worker at the house in the capital's al-Yarmuk area. The general, who died on the spot, headed the feared secret police in the al-Kharkh district on the west bank of the Tigris river. At the hospital where the body was taken, his...