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Marja Oosterman on Mon, 29 Dec 2003 20:01:25 +0100 (CET)


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>Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 12:55:17 +0100
>Subject: Andere lezing aanhouding Saddam Hussein
>From: elise leijten <bries11 {AT} euronet.nl>
>
>
>Ter uwer informatie:
>
>Op de volgende website een andere lezing over de aanhouding van Saddam
>Hussein:   http://www.correspondences.org/archives/000507.html
>
>December 21, 2003
>Who captured Saddam Hussein?
>
>Well, the cat is out of the bag so to speak. Saddam Hussein was captured by
>Kurds, not US forces. Here is the story as best I can determine by looking
>through a number of articles (see full list at end of this post).
>
>Hussein was betrayed to the Kurds by a member of the al-Jabour tribe because
>Hussein's son Uday had raped a daughter of the tribe. Saddam had previously
>paid 7 million pounds in blood money to the tribe with the warning that he
>would wipe out the entire tribe if it ever came out. (Sify report)
>
>He was then handed over to the Kurdish Patriotic Front who negotiated a deal
>with US forces for political power before drugging and abandoning Hussein
>for pickup. Ultimately he ended up in the hands of the Patriotic Union of
>Kurdistan (PUK) led by Jalal Talabani (Aljazeera)
>
>Hussein could not escape the hole in which he was recovered because the
>entrance had been sealed.
>
>The following is extracted from the article by Paul McGeogh from the Sydney
>Morning Herald (SMH) We got him: Kurds say they caught Saddam.
>
>Washington's claims that brilliant US intelligence work led to the capture
>of Saddam Hussein are being challenged by reports sourced in Iraq's Kurdish
>media claiming that its militia set the circumstances in which the US merely
>had to go to a farm identified by the Kurds to bag the fugitive former
>president.
>
>The first media account of the December 13 arrest was aired by a
>Tehran-based news agency.
>
>American forces took Saddam into custody around 8.30pm local time, but sat
>on the news until 3pm the next day.
>
>However, in the early hours of Sunday, a Kurdish language wire service
>reported explicitly: "Saddam Hussein was captured by the Patriotic Union of
>Kurdistan. A special intelligence unit led by Qusrat Rasul Ali, a
>high-ranking member of the PUK, found Saddam Hussein in the city of Tikrit,
>his birthplace.
>
>"Qusrat's team was accompanied by a group of US soldiers. Further details of
>the capture will emerge during the day; but the global Kurdish party is
>about to begin!"
>
>The head of the PUK, Jalal Talabani, was in the Iranian capital en route to
>Europe.
>
>The Western media in Baghdad were electrified by the Iranian agency's
>revelation, but as reports of the arrest built, they relied almost
>exclusively on accounts from US military and intelligence organisations,
>starting with the words of the US-appointed administrator of Iraq, Paul
>Bremer: "Ladies and gentlemen: we got 'im".
>
>US officials said that they had extracted the vital piece of information on
>Saddam's whereabouts from one of the 20 suspects around 5.30pm on December
>13 and had immediately assembled a 600-strong force to surround the farm on
>which he was captured at al-Dwar, south of Tikrit.
>
>Little attention was paid to a line in Pentagon briefings that some of the
>Kurdish militia might have been in on what was described as a "joint
>operation"; or to a statement by Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraq National
>Congress, which said that Qusrat and his PUK forces had provided vital
>information and more.
>
>
>
>What is truly interesting is not just the US claim of capturing Saddam
>Hussein, but the claiming of an elaborate operation that ended successfully
>(much like the scripting of the rescue of Jessica Lynch). Not only did that
>elaborate operation not work (if it existed at all), but the Kurds had him
>trapped in a hole while the US got the media apparatus together for the
>"dramatic" events.
>
>What is also worrisome, but not unexpected, is the virtual silence of the US
>and British press. ABC News Online was the only US-based news I found, and
>it was a copy of the Agence French Press report.
>
>News Sources Reporting the Story
>I have put an * beside those reports offering the most detail
>
>** We got him: Kurds say they caught Saddam, McGeogh, Sydney Morning Herald
>
>** Saddam: Betrayed, drugged and traded Aljazeera
>
>** Saddam was captured by Kurds, not US Sify.com
>
>** Revealed: Who Really Found Saddam? Pratt, Sunday Herald/Scotland
>
>Saddam held by Kurds, drugged and left for US troops: report ABC News Online
>
>Kurds claim Saddam capture News.com.au (12/22/03)
>
>Kurds Seized Saddam First, Novinite/Bulgaria
>
>'Revenge for rape behind Saddam capture'
>
>Report: ''Saddam capture - not result of American or British intelligence''
>Al Bawaba.com
>
>Saddam was held by Kurdish forces, drugged and left for US troops Arab
>Times/Kuwait
>
>Kurds claim Saddam capture The Australian (12/22/03)
>
>Kurds claim Saddam capture Herald Sun/AU (12/22/03)
>
>Saddam was held by Kurds and left for US troops: ReportHindustan Times (copy
>of AFP report)
>
>Saddam was held by Kurdish forces, drugged and left for US troops Channel
>News Asia (AFP report)
>
>Kurds claim Saddam capture The Advertiser/AU (12/22/03)
>
>** Kurds, Not U.S. Captured Saddam: Report Islam Online/UK
>
>Saddam was held by Kurdish forces, drugged and left for US troops Kurdish
>Media (AFP report)
>
>
>Revealed: Who Really Found Saddam? Infoshop News (Pratt article)
>
>
>Kurds, Not U.S. Captured Saddam: Report Palestinian Chronicle
>
>** ŒKurdish forces nabbed & drugged Saddamı The Statesman/India
>
>Kurds nabbed Saddam first? Today Online/Singapore (AFP report)
>
>Saddam Captured by Kurds; US Troops Get Photo Opp Conspiracy Planet
>
>Added links
>Kurdish fighters 'drugged' tyrant Gulf Daily News/Bahrain
>
>Saddam hld by Kurds, left for US troops Newind Press/ India
>
>Saddam was held by Kurdish Forces, drugged and left for US troops China
>Daily/China
>
>'Saddam was held by Kurdish forces, drugged and left for US troops' Daily
>Star/India (AFP report)
>
>
>A report has surfaced which, if true, adds some missing details about how
>Saddam Hussein came to be in his "spider hole"... Morons.org
>
>Saddam captured by Kurds (I'm really sure the North-American free press will
>report this any day now) Vive le Canada
>
>The Saddam Hussein Capture, A Hoax? Rice, Al-Jazeera
>
>Did Kurds Dupe Bush's Brass; or Did Bush Sell Out Iraqis to Kurds as Part of
>Saddam Handover Deal? Kall, OpEdNews
>
>How was Saddam Really Captured: A Journalistic Review Sorenson,
>Republicons.org
>
>Widespread Claims Kurds Got Saddam First Scoop
>
>TruthOut link to AFP release
>
>Village Voice link to AFP report
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