Iraq: February 16, 2004

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A special Iraqi police force formed for tracking down crime kingpins, scored it's first major operation by arresting one of Saddam's key henchmen. A carefully planned raid nabbed seized Mohammad Zimam Abd Razzaq al Saadun, and several others, in Baghdad. Al Saadun was number 41 in the American deck of cards of key Saddam officials. Iraqi detectives had picked up the scent when they heard of al Saaduns son was looking for guns and false passports so that he could get his father out of the country. Al Saadun did Saddam's dirty work, organizing militias to keep Kurds under control and ran his own prison were people were kept in small dog cages. Only eleven of the 55 "most wanted" (as shown in the famous deck of cards) are still at large. The new Iraqi police forces have been encouraged to go after these men, because the fugitives have obviously hidden themselves well within the Iraqi population, or left the country.

Senior Iraqi officials have made clear that they will demand Saddam Hussein be turned over to them for trail when the new Iraqi takes control on July 1st. The U.S. may not want to hand him over that soon, because the CIA is using some new and novel interrogation techniques that require long periods of time to break down the subjects resistance to providing information. The CIA knows that once the Iraqis get Saddam and try him, they will probably execute him. Saddam will take a lot of valuable information to the grave if it is not gotten out of him first. Saddam was in the middle of all manner of diplomatic and political dirty business for over three decades. Saddam knows who did what to whom, or tried to. Getting Saddam to talk would fill in a lot of blanks and make it clear who was reliable, or just a good liar, since the 1960s.

 

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