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http://220.127.116.11/ip/data/ipenglish/8087.htm Sulaimaniya, Iraq Press, July 27, 2002 – Emergency troops have put up a cordon around the Iraqi capital Baghdad, following reports of a possible infiltration by armed opposition groups. Residents arriving here told Iraq Press that Baghdad was now ringed with patrols manned by members of the Special Security force led by President Saddam Hussein's younger son, Qusai. Meantime, additional checkpoints have sprang up at major roads leading to Baghdad, they said. They said Saddam Commandos, a feared militia force headed by Saddam's elder son, Udai, has mounted a massive campaign to hunt army deserters. The authorities are said to be seriously concerned over the high desertion rates. An amnesty, which Saddam issued early this month, seems to have gone unheeded. Military police statistics, obtained by Iraq Press, show that at least 10 percent of conscripts are currently at large and many more are feared toflee their units once the United States moves against Iraq to bring down Saddam's government. According to U.S. media reports, the Bush administration is moving forward aggressively with planning to oust Saddam, laying the ground work for a possible U.S.-led invasion . - - - - Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed -- __________________________________________________________ Sign-up for your own FREE Personalized E-mail at Mail.com http://www.mail.com/?sr=signup Get 4 DVDs for $.49 cents! plus shipping & processing. Click to join. http://oas-central.realmedia.com/RealMedia/ads/click_lx.ads/mail.com/columbiahouse/1112745096/x09/ExactAdv/ColumbiaHouse_IO473_7.19_8.19/blank.gif/636632633232383133383736634333430 _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk