It now appears that the CIA trained some Iraqis into a sort of special forces unit before the outset of the war. Supported by CIA handlers, at the
cost of 'millions', the unit of Iraqi dissidents was trained in Jordan in paramilitary tactics. They have been used in many roles, from supply line
protection to interogration of detainees. The unit has been mistaken for an insurgent operation on several occasions, and even targeted by coalition
Before the war in Iraq began, the CIA recruited and trained an Iraqi paramilitary group, code-named the Scorpions, to foment rebellion, conduct
sabotage, and help CIA paramilitaries who entered Baghdad and other cities target buildings and individuals, according to three current and former
intelligence officials with knowledge of the unit.
The CIA spent millions of dollars on the Scorpions, whose existence has not been previously disclosed, even giving them former Soviet Hind
helicopters. But most of the unit's prewar missions -- spray-painting graffiti on walls; cutting electricity; "sowing confusion," as one said -- were
delayed or canceled because of poor training or planning, said officials briefed on the unit. The speed of the invasion negated the need for most of
their missions, others said.
After Baghdad fell, the CIA used the Scorpions to try to infiltrate the insurgency, to help out in interrogations, and, from time to time, to do "the
dirty work," as one intelligence official put it.
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I don't know what to think about this. I suppose it wasn't a secret exactly, but the concept still eludes me. We keep arming people, at the cost of
millions, so that we can fight them ten or twenty years down the road. We did the same exact thing with Hussein if memory serves, along with a number
of other tyrants.
There comes a time when you have to realize your mistakes and move on. I'd like to be the next in a long line of people to humbly suggest that giving
away millions of dollars in free guns might not be the best way to create peace.
Half of the people in America have no interest in paying for these sorts of asinine projects. Wasn't it more than 500 mil. for the Afghanistan
military, right out of the taxpayers' pockets? It just seems so insane, and so unecessary. Unless of course we need a bunch of cops in the Middle
East to watch our precious pipelines for us. Right...