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Iraqi Official Says Saddam Left Baghdad

U.S. troops think Saddam is alive and hiding in the network of tunnels that stretch 50 miles around Baghdad. But Haitham Rashid Wihaib, his former chief of protocol, says Saddam left Baghdad for his hometown of Tikrit around April 2nd, leaving Iraqi military forces without any central command. "I spent nearly 20 years working for Saddam,...

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War Dog

U.S. troops brought dolphins to Iraq to locate underwater mines. The Brits brought their dogs, and a springer spaniel named Buster recently unearthed a huge hidden cache of arms that soldiers wouldn't otherwise have found. Buster's discovery was followed by the arrest of 16 Iraqis. Buster's haul included AK47 assault rifles, a pistol, six...

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Is Iraq a Religious War?

It may not be a religious war for most Americans, who tend to identify with their country, rather than their religion, when it comes to war. However, Muslims see themselves much more as a single religious "nation," and thus are more likely to see the Iraq war as an invasion of one religion by another. Since we need to win Iraqi confidence, we...

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Second Day Without Shock and Awe: What's Behind the Delay

Unknowncountry has learned that there are profound divisions within the Iraqi government, and that elements of the Republican Guard are trying to make a deal under which they would surrender and open the way to Baghdad for coalition forces.

The success or failure of this deal depends on what kind of personal guarantees the U.S. is...

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Threats Against Military Bases in the U.S.

U.S. military bases in the United States have been ordered to prepare for terrorist attacks once U.S. military action begins in Iraq. A memorandum has been sent to all military services ordering base security officials to make emergency plans. The memorandum says attacks could be CBRN?chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-...

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US Strikes at Iraq Leaders, Appears to Miss Saddam

At 8:35 AM Baghdad time, Saddam Hussein delivered a brief address on Iraqi television, urging Iraqis to resist the US led attack. It was not known whether the address was videotaped or live, or if the person delivering the speech was actually Saddam Hussein. Early analysis of the tape revealed brief dissolves, suggesting that it was not live,...

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What Will Saddam Do?

When we attack Iraq, what will Saddam Hussein do? Some intelligence officials think he'll do what he?s vowed to do?fight to the death. Despite this, there are indications that he may be willing to step down and go into exile. The United Arab Emirates has drafted a plan for Saddam's exile in exchange for immunity from war crimes prosecution by...

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Breaking War News

President Bush will address the nation tonight at 8PM EST. He is expected to say that Saddam Hussein must leave Iraq immediately or be forcibly removed. At 11:00AM EST, UN Secretary General Kofi Anan announced that all UN inspectors would be withdrawn from Iraq beginning today.

The United States had informed both UN inspection teams in...

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War News: The Latest

As expected, President Bush gave Saddam Hussein and his sons 48 hours to leave Iraq in his address tonight, or face an attack. Saddam's oldest son Uday has already attempted to prepare an exit for himself by sending an aide, Adib Shaaban to Syria to set up bank accounts to facilitate fund transfers in February. Shaaban attempted instead to...

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If War, Saddam Will Kill His Own People

If the U.S. invades Iraq, Saddam Hussein is planning attacks on his own people and will blame the atrocities on the American forces. The Iraqi forces that do the killing will dress in coalition uniforms. The Pentagon is trying to stop Iraqi military commanders from carrying out Saddam?s orders by dropping leaflets and sending them e-mails...

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War Now Scheduled for March 18?

An Israeli official says the U.S. military has been ordered to launch the war against Iraq on March 18. Michael Gurdus reported on Israeli TV that the order was relayed by U.S. Central Command to all American forces in the Persian Gulf and says he heard the order being relayed to U.S. fighter-jet pilots and others over U.S. military radio...

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Russia & U.K. Selling Iran Nuke Material

In the U.S., many of us feel that business interests have taken over government policy. We're not alone: the French may be vetoing the war against Iraq because they've been doing business illegally with Saddam. Now it's been revealed that Russia, which is also against the war, will sell enriched uranium, which can be used to make nuclear...

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French Selling Military Parts to Iraq

Are the French against the Iraq war because they want peace or because it's bad for business? U.S. intelligence has discovered that a French company has been selling Iraq spare parts for its fighter jets and military helicopters through a trading company in the United Arab Emirates, which then ships them to Iraq. This has been going on for...

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U.S. Snooping May Affect UN War Vote

The London Observer says it has intercepted a 12239,905954,00.html,memo describing a U.S. surveillance operation on UN delegates that involves tapping their home and telephone calls and e-mails, in order to find out who is for or against the war on Iraq. The story was widely reported in the Middle East and Europe and could make it harder for...

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Chicken Soldiers

We don't mean cowardly people, we're talking about real chickens. The Delta Company, now stationed in Kuwait near the border with Iraq, has been buying up local chickens that they hope will warn them if Saddam sends chemical weapons their way. Sgt. Rodney Brown used to raise organic chickens on a farm in upstate New York. He says, "I expected...

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Blame Saddam's Childhood

CIA profiler Jerrold Post has developed a psychological portrait of Saddam Hussein from his biographies, speeches, policy decisions, and interviews with people who've met him. "This is not a madman. Let me be clear," Post says. "This is a psychologically whole person in terms of not being insane, but he represents the most dangerous political...

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After Saddam, it's Iran, Libya and Syria

The U.S. won't rest after getting rid of Saddam Hussein. According to Richard Perle, of the U.S. Defense Advisory Board, our next targets will be Iran, Libya and Syria. He says, "Change is needed in all those three countries and a few others besides." Our methods will be different for each country, and the regimes in Iran and Syria could be...

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U.S. Has Plan to Punish Germany

The Observer (UK) is reporting that the U.S. has plans to punish Germany for leading the international fight against a war in Iraq. Under this plan we would withdraw all our troops and bases, which will cost the Germans billions of euros. Germany is hurting financially already, as a result of trying to unite the former East and Western parts of...

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Rumor of War

Updated 2/15/02: Far from reporting to the Security Council yesterday that Iraq was refusing to co-operate, UN Inspector Hans Blix instead said that Saddam Hussein appeared to be becoming more co-operative. In addition, Unknowncountry.com has learned that the US will not be fully prepared to execute its war plan until at least another three to...

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How Iraq Wargame Plays Out

In the Gulf War 2 online game, players assume the role of President Bush. About 20,000 people play the game every day. It starts with Baghdad's quick fall, but that doesn?t mean the war is over. There's an Iraqi anthrax attack on Israel, a retaliatory nuclear strike, revolt in Saudi Arabia, and a Kurdish coup in northern Iraq. There are also...

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Clandestine Plan All Along?

Elaine Sciolino, in the January 28 edition of the New York Times, writes that we may not have to wage war against Iraq, because Saddam may be toppled by a coup led by opposition leader Ahmad Chalabi, of the Iraqi National Congress. Is this what Bush had in mind from the start and is this why his war threats have dragged on so long?

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Secret Weapon to Take Iraq to Stone Age

The U.S. has a secret weapon they plan to unleash in the war against Iraq called "high power microwave technology" or HPM. Officially, HPM is classified, but information has leaked out (probably intentionally, in order to scare Saddam). It was originally designed to be used in the Star Wars program, but will be delivered to Iraq in Cruise...

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Iraq War: The Big Guys Complain

Famous British spy novelist John le Carre says, "How Bush and his junta succeeded in deflecting America's anger from bin Laden to Saddam Hussein is one of the great public relations conjuring tricks of history?A recent poll tells us that one in two Americans now believe Saddam was responsible for the attack on the World Trade Center?The...

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Iraq Has Weapons Thanks to Us

The U.S. and U.K. sold Saddam Hussein the technology and materials needed to develop nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction, according to reports by the U.S. Senate.

Under the successive administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush Senior, the U.S. sold anthrax, VX nerve gas, West Nile fever germs and botulism...

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Whitley's Journal: The Coming War

Whitley Strieber writes, "We are very close to war with Iraq?What troubles me is the total lack of media interest in educating the public about why the president would think that this war is so essential to our welfare and the welfare of the world that he would be willing to engage in it even without the support of the UN, and even without a...

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Does the Average Guy Want War?

Anti-war protester Tom Hayden thinks that opposition to the war on Iraq is far greater than the opposition to the war in Vietnam was at a similar stage, but he doesn?t think this is reflected in the media, where the Iraq war is reported as if there?s no question about it taking place?the only question is when. "The anti-war movement does not...

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Are We Going to War for Oil?

It's now been discovered that what was once thought to be an oil bonanza in Central Asia?with more oil than exists in the Middle East?is actually a bust. And despite government support of hydrogen fuel cells, research indicates that these will not be a viable reality in the near future, meaning we'll continue to depend on Middle Eastern oil. At...

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U.S. May Fight Iraq With Bioweapons

As our military is getting ready to face an assault by chemical and biological weapons from Iraq, newly declassified Pentagon reports reveal that the United States secretly tested similar chemical and biological weapons on American soil during the 1960s. The tests included releasing deadly nerve agents in Alaska and spraying bacteria near...

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Too Many Saddams

The German TV network ZDF has made a scientific study of 450 photographs of Saddam Hussein and they think he has at least three doubles. Working with a coroner, they looked at photographs and film clips of Saddam and used facial recognition technology to determine which ones were really Saddam and which were his stand-ins. "In the film...

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Iraq Can Afford to Fight

Despite Saddam Hussein's offer to let UN inspectors back into Iraq, the U.S. may not back down, so we may go to war with Iraq anyway. Saddam can afford to fight back: he gets his hands on as much as $3 billion a year, which he uses to maintain and develop weapons of mass destruction, despite UN sanctions imposed in the early 1990s. The funds...

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