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Misplaced US priorities? 13,000 MEN IN IRAQ, JUST LOOKING FOR WMDs. CIA takes over hunt for illegal weapons June 18 2003 The CIA has been put in charge of the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, replacing the Pentagon, which has failed over the past two months to uncover any conclusive evidence that Saddam Hussein had an illegal arms program. The CIA director, George Tenet, will now have direct responsibility for the 13,000 US SOLDIERS AND EXPERTS looking for the arms, according to Time magazine. ...more http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/06/17/1055828331498.html OTOH, Britain seems to have it right: Britain pays wages of thousands of demobbed Iraqi soldiers (Filed: 18/06/2003) Britain is paying monthly wages to thousands of demobilised Iraqi soldiers, even though the army has been disbanded. The payments are part of Britain's hearts-and-minds campaign to avoid stirring up resentment against the occupation of Iraq. The US administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, last month announced the abolition of the army and intelligence services, leaving some 400,000 people out of a job. Earlier he decreed that senior members of the former ruling Ba'ath party would not be eligible for government posts. But in the British-controlled Basra province, these measures are being interpreted flexibly. More http://tinyurl.com/ekwr -Telegraph _______________________________________________ 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