April 29, 2004

Hussein's agents are behind attacks in Iraq

Interesting article in today's NY Times (Hat tip to Lee at MooreWatch) bq. A Pentagon intelligence report has concluded that many bombings against Americans and their allies in Iraq, and the more sophisticated of the guerrilla attacks in Falluja, are organized and often carried out by members of Saddam Hussein's secret service, who planned for the insurgency even before the fall of Baghdad. (emphasis mine) bq. The report states that Iraqi officers of the "Special Operations and Antiterrorism Branch," known within Mr. Hussein's government as M-14, are responsible for planning roadway improvised explosive devices and some of the larger car bombs that have killed Iraqis, Americans and other foreigners. The attacks have sown chaos and fear across Iraq. bq. In addition, suicide bombers have worn explosives-laden vests made before the war under the direction of of M-14 officers, according to the report, prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency. The report also cites evidence that one such suicide attack last April, which killed three Americans, was carried out by a pregnant woman who was an M-14 colonel. bq. Its findings were based on interrogations with high-ranking M-14 members who are now in American custody, as well as on documents uncovered and translated by the Iraq Survey Group. While the report cites specific evidence, other important assessments of American intelligence on Iraq have been challenged and even proven wrong. This makes a lot of sense - when the coalition initially invaded, the enemy melted away very quickly. It would be to much to hope for that they disappeared. No, they went under cover and are now returning to cause problems. When this core group of people are taken care of, things will go a lot easier for everyone. Posted by DaveH at April 29, 2004 11:21 AM