Note: This happened in the middle east, if there is any problems with the placement of the thread itself. Feel free to move it.
was a top secret Polish intelligence operation conducted in Iraq in 1990.
In 1990 the CIA asked European intelligence agencies to assist in the withdrawal of six American operatives (a mix of CIA and DIA officers)
investigating Iraqi troops movements in Iraq before the Gulf War.
Several countries, such as Russia, Great Britain, and France refused to help in such a dangerous operation; only Poland agreed to help. The operation
was very risky because if the cover were to be blown, all operatives were likely to be killed.
The main plan was to reestablish contact with the hiding American spies and give them Polish passports so they could escape from Iraq in a bus,
alongside Polish and Russian workers.
The six American agents were hiding in Kuwait and Baghdad for several weeks before the escape took place. The operation proved to be difficult because
of the iraqis suspicion of some kind of American-Polish intrigue.
The agents were given refuge at a Polish construction camp, and then provided with passports and put on a refugee bus. An Iraqi officer at checkpoint
on the border had studied in Poland and spoke Polish well enough to communicate. When the bus arrived at the border, he asked one of the American
spies a question in Polish. Since the spy did not know Polish at all, he pretended to be heavily drunk. Nevertheless, the bus managed to cross the
border with all occupants. Poles moved the agents out of Iraq and into the safety of Turkey.
Operatives from both sides returned to their countries. Polish forces rescued not only the agents but also secret maps—detailed maps of various
military installations and of crucial points in the capital of Baghdad itself—apparently crucial for Operation Desert Storm.
As a reward for Poland's help, the US government promised to cancel half, or $16.5 billion, of Poland's foreign debt.
There was also a movie made about this operation called 'Operacja Samum'
It's weird how one does not know some of the key intel for the start of the gulf war was actually recovered by polish special forces.
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