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Yes, HZ. If these stories are true, this US/UK tragic, bloody war for "regime change" was completely unnecessary- the Iraq officials were always for sale. In other words, the "regime" was always on offer for money.. In any of the Arab press, is Blair implicated in this terrible narrative? pg al Jazeera, April 15 http://tinyurl.com/9jct 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 believed. 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 FAMOUS "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 FAMOUS DECK." ----- Original Message ----- From: "Hassan Zeini" <email@example.com> To: "CASI" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2003 2:47 AM Subject: [casi] Was Saddam betrayed? > > > This is an article which repeats a story circulating > in the Arab world that Saddam was betrayed by his > closest commanders of the Republican Guard. It is > worth reading. > > HZ > ----------------------- > > http://www.fpp.co.uk/online/03/04/Mueller150403.html > > > Sawt al-`Urouba > Lebanon. 14 April 2003 > > The Deal > > Walid Rabbah, exclusive. > > ONE day after the start of the war against Iraq > American Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld appeared > on American television screens to say something that > the press interpreted as some sort of American > propaganda. In reality, though, it was the basis for > what was later to take place. > > Rumsfeld said that there had been communications > between the Americans and leaders in the Republican > Guard in Iraq. He said that the details could not be > disclosed now, but urged listeners to wait for coming > days. > > Three days later the American media played an audio > tape on which recorded voices could be heard speaking > in Arabic guiding American forces to important bombing > targets. The voices were translated immediately in the > headquarters of the American forces so that orders > could be issued accordingly. > > In fact, Rumsfeld was not just talking at random. > There had been communications that took place in total > secrecy between the leaders of the Republican Guard > and the Commanders of Saddam's Fedayeen, unbeknownst > to the Iraqi leader and his son who was in charge of a > huge military organization that could have made life > hell for the American forces had they joined the > battle. > > The communications grew in intensity after the > Republican Guard entered its first battle against the > American forces in the environs of Baghdad, and after > much of its equipment was destroyed. The Americans > could see that they were facing a force with high > military preparedness, one that was well trained and > could inflict tremendous losses on the American forces > whenever they tried to enter Baghdad. > > The offer proposed by the American command in Iraq to > the Republican Guard and Saddam's Fedayeen was > generous. The offers were run past Secretary of > Defense Rumsfeld, who okayed them immediately. The > provided for: > > 1. In return for not opposing American forces and for > laying down their weapons, the United States will give > the following: > > * Transportation for the Republican Guards top echelon > to secure locations outside of Iraq, > > * Transportation of the Republican Guards leaders of > the second echelon to "liberated" places of which the > Anglo-American forces had control inside Iraq, > > * Granting to the top echelon of the Republican Guards > large sums of money, with lesser sums going to the > second echelon, > > * Granting some of the leaders of the top echelon of > the Republican Guard, and to those who had not > committed "war crimes" official roles in "liberated" > Iraq after the end of the war, > > * Granting American citizenship and residency in the > United States to some of the first echelon commanders > and their families, depending on their wishes, > > * Establishing a balance between the Iraqi Opposition > that will have a limited role in the administration of > Iraq on the one hand, and Republican Guard commanders > who did not fight the American forces, on the other. > > 2. As a guarantee of this (which the commanders of > the Republican Guard did not completely trust), the > United States disclosed some of its agents whom it had > planted among the "human shields" who were guiding the > American military to positions to be bombed and where > President Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi leadership > could be found. A brief meeting was held between one > of the agents serving as a "human shield" and some > members of the Republican Guard during which the > latter were handed official written documents > addressed to the first echelon of the Republican > Guard. These reassured the Republican Guard commanders > that the assurances were reliable. The documents > provided for: > > * After the occupation of Saddam International > Airport, Republican Guards of the top echelon should > arrive at the airport so that they could be > transported away. If that proved impossible, a place > should be agreed upon where an Apache helicopter or > two could land somewhere near Baghdad in order to > transport them away. > > * Some commanders of the second echelon should secure > themselves within the Iraqi Republican Palace adjacent > to the Airport. American forces would fire some shells > at it in order to announce that they had taken it, > then American forces would transfer them to the > airport. > > * Orders should be issued to the commanders of the > Second Echelon of the Republican Guard not to resist > and to lay down their weapons, together with promises > of their safety, and that of their families, and they > would be transported to secure locations. In turn they > were to issue orders to those of lower rank in their > commands not to put up resistance. The Republican > Guard's first echelon used a deception to get lower > ranks to accept such an order by telling them that the > resistance would be carried on secretly in accordance > with a plan prepared by the Iraqi leadership to > protract the war and catch the American forces in a > trap that had been laid for them. This trick was used > on the lower ranking commanders of the Republican > Guard. > > * First and Second echelon commanders of the > Republican Guard would be given sums of money in > dollars as a down payment to guarantee the > implementation of the agreement. > > Human Shields > > From the beginning, the heads of the American Central > Intelligence Agency followed a plan to use the work of > agents posing as "human shields." The CIA chiefs used > peace activists in America carefully and > systematically. They sent three groups of peace > activists to the region, and in particular into > Baghdad on the basis that that would be the place > where the decisive battle would be fought. > > The deception worked with the Iraqi leaders who placed > different groups of human shields in important places > such as: factories and manufactories that had great > importance for the population. Storehouses of weapons > belonging to the Republican Guard were located inside > those factories and manufactories, and this fact was > openly acknowledged. But inside, hidden under ground, > there were huge stockpiles of weapons sufficient for > waging a resistance struggle for years. These were > ostensibly civilian installations but on the inside > were military. These included centers where rockets > were gathered for destruction under the UN supervised > program, while some of them were stored in underground > military storehouses. > > The Iraqi measures, whereby they distributed the human > shields to vital locations, was in fact a trap set for > the Iraqis, for the human shields carried > difficult-to-detect delicate communication devices for > communicating with the American forces during the > bombing. It later became clear that these devices > played an outstanding role in pinpointing the > positions of Saddam and his leaders, as well as places > where weapons were being stored. > > Occupation of the Airport > > The occupation of Saddam International Airport was a > turning point inasmuch as it enabled the American > forces to carry out their entire plan as it had been > detailed in the documents that they had been given and > as they had been promised. The commanders of the > Republican Guard were reassured, in particular those > of the first echelon, that what the American forces > had promised them was the truth. The Republican Guard > commanders then provided complete information about > the various military positions around the airport and > inside of it. They also gave complete information > about the tunnels that extended from the Republican > Palace to inside the airport, tunnels that had been > built especially so that the Iraqi president could use > them should he ever be in danger. American forces > occupied these tunnels, unknown to any but the first > echelon of the Republican Guard. > > On the second day after the occupation of the airport > Muhammad Sa`id as-Sahhaf assured the world that Saddam > International Airport was still in the hands of the > Iraqi forces. He based his assurances on a promise of > an "innovative and unusual" sort of response, as he > put it, when Iraqi fighters and Republican Guards > would sweep from the palace through the tunnels and on > towards the airport in a surprise attack on the > American forces occupying the airport. He did not know > even as he spoke that American forces had discovered > the location of those secure tunnels and that they > would confront the small numbers of Iraqis who were > sent there, under the leadership of third echelon > commanders of the Republican Guard, and who would find > the Americans waiting for them. > > Time at that difficult juncture was golden. The > American forces saw that the road had opened up to > Baghdad, so they carried out two essential operations > simultaneously: > > The first operation: to introduce tanks to the > approaches of Baghdad from where they would penetrate > to the area of the Palestine Hotel, on condition that > they would not cross the bridge to the opposite bank. > This occurred after they were sure that orders had > been issued to the Republican Guard to disappear in > accordance with the "secret plan" to which the first > echelon commanders had already alerted their junior > officers. > > The second operation: to prepare a military transport > plane of at least 200 seats to transport the first > echelon commanders of the Republican Guard and some > members of the second echelon to secure locations. > > The orders given to the American soldiers who advanced > to secure a bridgehead for the rest of their forces > were as follows: > > First: attempt to silence the media that were > transmitting pictures of the places where the > breakthrough was occurring (this is what took place > when the offices of al-Jazeera TV, and the Abu Dhabi > TV station, were shelled) and to try to herd the > journalists into a place from which they could not > move, except by order of the coalition forces, or, to > be precise, the US Marines. > > Second: To cut communications and electricity off > from the area and to attempt to shell the little > electricity generators in the area in order to > completely knock out any means for transmission once > and for all. > > Third: To shell the satellite dishes on the roof of > the Palestine Hotel. It was here where the al-Jazeera > journalist Tariq Ayyoub was martyred. > > Fourth: To deal with the limited resistance in the > area of the bridge with small arms rather than with > artillery bombardment because some of the second > echelon the Republican Guard were too late to reach > the appointed meeting places in time and might > possibly have to reach the coalition forces by > crossing the Sanak Bridge. > > Military Aircraft > > Many first-echelon commanders of the Republican Guard > gathered at Saddam International Airport. They had to > wait eight more hours before the rest of the > commanders showed up. The American command found to > their surprise that the first echelon commanders of > Republican Guard forces had brought along with them > the top commander of Saddam's Fedayeen, a man who took > his orders directly from Saddam Hussein's son. This > convinced the American forces that they had put > Saddam's Fedayeen out of action along with the > Republican Guard. After that commander informed them > that had been attracted by the agreement reached with > the Republican Guard, and requested that he be > accorded the same terms that had been granted to the > Republican Guard, consent was granted immediately. > > The American military aircraft took off from Saddam > International airport at 8:00 p.m. on the third day of > the occupation of the airport. Some sources in the > American command maintain that the plane flew directly > to the United States, via Germany. Others say that it > took them by way of Kuwait. What is certain, however, > is the fact that they left for the United States. At > the same time two helicopters were whisking the second > echelon commanders of the Republican Guard to Basra > where they were met by British forces. > > The Fate of Saddam Hussein > > Some American political sources maintain that those > secret communications between Republican Guard > commanders and the Americans took place according to > American instructions that were issued to the > Republican Guard leaders so as to prevent their being > detected. The most modern technology was used, > including tiny transmitter-receiver devices that had > been given to the Republican Guard Commanders in their > first meeting with the Human Shields. This is the > secret of how they kept Saddam Hussein in the dark > about their contacts. > > The final task of the Republican Guard Commanders > gathered at the airport was to give the important > information about the location of the Iraqi president > and his leadership in what was to be their last > meeting in al-Mansour. This information enabled the > American forces to aim at the place where the meeting > was being held and strike it with guided missiles. > Most probably the Iraqi President and his leadership, > including his two sons, were killed in the > bombardment. None of the leadership was saved from > that attack except Muhammad Sa`id as-Sahhaf, the > Information Minister, whose whereabouts are still > unknown. He alone among the members of the leadership > was out of the area at the time of the attack, which > came shortly after he delivered a press statement in > front of the Palestine Hotel that day. > > Saddam's Family > > The American Authorities have kept quiet about the > whereabouts of Saddam's family, in particular the > women and children among them, although they know > where they are, and whether they are living or dead. > There are some reports that they are in Syria. Others > have said that they slipped away to Tikrit. In fact, > however, the American forces bombed the location where > the family was staying and were able to catch the > whole family together after they slipped away to the > place where the President's half-brother Barzan > at-Tikriti was staying. When his house near Baghdad > was bombed the family was wiped out. > > A Final Word: This information was leaked by American > sources. Nevertheless, it should be more than 75 > percent true because it originated with political and > not military personnel. > > One question remains: Where did those mountains of > weapons go? Where did the forces who "melted away" > into the angry Iraqi population go? > > The Marines did discover vast storehouses of weapons > that could have been used by the Republican Guard -- > though they were in fact never used -- heavy weapons, > light weapons in a huge store room in Baghdad. > American forces are keeping that quiet -- which is a > further indication of the proof of what we have said. > > But one major question remains open. If they did not > find the bodies of Saddam, his leaders and his two > sons, the matter remains a source of embarrassment. > Coming weeks will no doubt provide us much more > information. > > > > > > > __________________________________________________ > Do you Yahoo!? > The New Yahoo! Search - Faster. Easier. 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