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   1. oilpipelines IRAQ current details (ppg)
   2. Chalabi aide in Israel! (Hassan)


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Subject: oilpipelines IRAQ current details
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 09:21:21 -0400

Prepared by the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Iraq Pipeline Watch

Attacks on Iraqi pipelines, oil installations, and oil personnel:


Two new reports on reconstruction in Iraq.

Shorter report from CSIS: (it's not looking good but we'll sound optimistic)

Shorter report from ICG: reconstruction - (stunning failure)

Reports pan Iraq reconstruction


Message: 2
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 09:08:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: Hassan <>
Subject: Chalabi aide in Israel!
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Mon., September 13, 2004 Elul 27, 5764

Many Iraqis want ties with Israel, Chalabi aide says

By Yoav Stern

Many elements in Iraq are interested in diplomatic
ties with Israel, according to Mithal al-Alousi, an
aide to Ahmed Chalabi and a member of Chalabi's Iraqi
National Congress Party, who attended a conference on
terrorism at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center
this week.

Al-Alousi heads the Iraqi government's
de-Baathification campaign, meant to keep Baathists
from the old regime out of the new government.

He told Haaretz that "many intellectuals in Iraq know
that Israel must be taken into account as an existing
fact and that generations of people have been born
here. It is in Iraq's interests to have diplomatic
relations with everyone, and that is what we want."

Ten days ago, the Iraqi ambassador in London told
Haaretz that there is a powerful lobby in Baghdad
pushing for ties with Israel. Yesterday, the Arab Web
site Illaf published a report saying that Iraqi
Foreign Minister Hishiyar Zibai is the most prominent
of those pushing for an end to the state of war
between Iraq and Israel.

But Israeli officials are following American advice
and keeping a low profile when it comes to talk of
ties with Baghdad. The Israelis realize that raising
their profile on the issue could harm the new Iraqi
regime's efforts to stabilize the country.

According to the Illaf report, quoting Iraqi diplomats
in Amman, last week there was a meeting in Amman of
senior Iraqis with Israelis. Jordanian government
sources said there are contacts between Israelis and
Iraqis, though usually it is business people, not
government officials. The sources said the Iraqi
defense minister also favors a thaw in relations with
Israel, but Iraqi President Iyad Alawi is opposed,
arguing that the Iraqi government should concentrate
on rehabilitating the country.

According to al-Alousi, his controversial party boss,
Chalabi, did not know about the trip to Israel, which
was at the invitation of the conference organizers. He
said Chalabi may not have known, but he supports
contacts with Israel. "It's time to end the secrecy,"
he said, "the truth shall win."

He complained that when he undertook to head the
de-Baathification of Iraq's government he asked
Germany - the only other country that had a similar
experience, with denazification - but had not received
any cooperation from Berlin, or from any other
country, about the best ways to go about the process
of keeping officials from the former regime out of the
new government.

Al-Alousi said he was aware of the risk of coming to
Israel - he flew via Turkey - but with so many other
threats against him, he was used to daily threats to
his life. He said he expects to have a lot of problems
from some people, but "faith in the cause is a
guarantee I will solve the problems."

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