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[casi] Report- Le Monde April 15

(remember, we know Rumsfeld was old negotiating buddy of Hussein & co. pg)

al Jazeera, April 15
Republican Guard commander cut deal with US forces

The mystery of what happened to the Iraqi Republican Guard defending Baghdad
appears to have been solved if a report in today's Le Monde is to be

The French daily reports that Maher Sufyan, Commander of the Republican
Guard reached an agreement with American forces in which he ordered his
forces to surrender in exchange for his transfer via an American Apache
helicopter to an undisclosed safe haven.

Quoting anonymous sources, Le Monde’s correspondent in Baghdad said that
Sufyan ordered all Republican Guard forces to lay down their arms and go
home. Shortly thereafter an Apache helicopter escorted Sufyan from the Al
Rashid camp, east of Baghdad, to an unknown location.

Maher Sufyan is not included on the infamous “deck of cards” created by US
defence officials to highlight the most wanted individuals from the Saddam
Hussein government. Iraq’s popular Information Minister, Mohammed Saeed Al
Sahaf, Naji Sabri, Iraq’s Foreign Minister and Oumid Medhat Mubarak, the
minister of health are also not included on the list.

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