Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, July 01, 2002

Troops and CIA agents already starting to gather in N. Iraq? AFP is reporting that they are.

Dozens of US troops and intelligence services had been sent into northern Iraq from Jordan under a plan to overthrow President Saddam Hussein, a Lebanese newspaper reported yesterday. In a story datelined London, As-Safir daily quoted "well informed diplomatic sources" as saying Washington "has launched a security and military operation in Iraq".

Central Intelligence Agency chief George Tenet had "personally visited northern Iraq during his last tour of the region and had given orders to start the security plan after US President George W. Bush (recently) approved a decision to ask the CIA to overthrow Saddam", the source said.

The paper, which maintains close relations with the Syrian leadership, said forward bases for US troops had been set up in Jordan. "Jordanian King Abdullah has given orders to clear two military airports in Jordan for the US forces. About 2000 US troops have been deployed in Jordan so far," the newspaper said. "Dozens of those US soldiers, along with CIA agents, have been sent into Iraqi territory."

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