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ATS: Saddam’s capture: was a deal brokered behind the scenes?

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posted on Jan, 6 2004 @ 07:13 AM
"When it emerged that the Kurds had captured the Iraqi dictator, the US celebrations evaporated. David Pratt asks whether a secret political trade-off has been engineered. For a story that three weeks ago gripped the world’s imagination, it has now all but dropped off the radar."
Peculiar really, for if one thing might have been expected in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s capture, it was the endless political and media mileage that the Bush administration would get out of it .

After all, for 249 days Saddam’s elusiveness had been a symbol of America’s ineptitude in Iraq, and, at last, with his capture came the long-awaited chance to return some flak to the Pentagon’s critics.

It also afforded the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of America’s elite covert and intelligence units such as Task Force 20 and Greyfox .

And it was a terrific chance for the perfect photo-op showing the American soldier, and Time magazine’s “Person of the Year”, hauling “High Value Target Number One” out of his filthy spiderhole in the village of al-Dwar.

Then along came that story: the one about the Kurds beating the US Army in the race to find Saddam first, and details of Operation Red Dawn suddenly began to evaporate.

As with the Jessica Lynch fiasco, it seems that the capture of Saddam didn't quite go down the way The Pentagon and Bush Admin say it did.
Apparently Saddam Hussein was kidnapped by Kurdish special forces unit. After this they informed US and UK forces and they came and collected him.

Again this is not quite the way Media outlets said said it happened. Is there any end to the spin and the lies?

[Edited on 6-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]

posted on Jan, 6 2004 @ 02:36 PM
Very plausible. The Kurds intellegence contacts are much deeper than ours in Iraq. After all, they are Iraqi's and it's thier country. Will not shock me if the US took credit on the world spot light. Makes political sense.

posted on Jan, 6 2004 @ 04:08 PM
is to simply ask those involved in his capture. Surely one of them could conclusively reveal one thing or another. I am sure they were all told to lie, but it would be interesting just to hear them talk.


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