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               'INCREDIBLE' LEVELS OF CIVILIAN DEAD QUIETLY REPORTED BY RED CROSS

                                CIA RECRUITING AND EXPANDING EVERYWHERE NOW
           
[MID-EAST REALITIES - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - Washington - 4/04/2003]:    And far worst is probably yet to come.  Very little mention, and nearly no focus at all, by the major American news media on this story.  And the Red Cross itself is not doing very much to get its spokesmen out there.  There are now reports of usage by the Americans and Brits of infamous 'cluster bombs' -- special human-kill devices with more than 600 individual mini-bombs within designed to kill all life within the area of a few football fields of area.  This story comes from Canadian television, CTV.
Meanwhile, the American CIA has been recruiting everyone willing of late, including a lot of shady characters previous American governments kept their distance from.  Lots of calls have gone out to persons in the States with special offers -- including businessmen, academics, writers.  A still growing number of CIA operatives have been sent in recent years to further infiltrate the region -- including into Occupied Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi, Pakistan...indeed throughout the entire expanding Middle East area.  This UPI story is just a small glimpse into what the CIA is now doing clandestinely, just as the American military is on the march in uniform and will soon have Iraq as its major foreign base of operations.  DO NOT expect the American troops to go home when the Saddam Hussein region is no more.  DO expect Iraq to become the hub of expanding US military and CIA operations for many years to come now.



                                RED CROSS HORRIFIED BY NUMBERS OF DEAD CIVILIANS

CTV - Friday 4 April 2003 - OTTAWA:    Red Cross doctors who visited southern Iraq this week saw "incredible" levels of civilian casualties including a truckload of dismembered women and children, a spokesman said Thursday from Baghdad.

Roland Huguenin, one of six International Red Cross workers in the Iraqi capital, said doctors were horrified by the casualties they found in the hospital in Hilla, about 160 kilometres south of Baghdad.

"There has been an incredible number of casualties with very, very serious wounds in the region of Hilla," Huguenin said in a interview by satellite telephone.

"We saw that a truck was delivering dozens of totally dismembered dead bodies of women and children. It was an awful sight. It was really very difficult to believe this was happening."

Huguenin said the dead and injured in Hilla came from the village of Nasiriyah, where there has been heavy fighting between American troops and Iraqi soldiers, and appeared to be the result of "bombs, projectiles."

"At this stage we cannot comment on the nature of what happened exactly at that place . . . but it was definitely a different pattern from what we had seen in Basra or Baghdad.

"There will be investigations I am sure."

Baghdad and Basra are coping relatively well with the flow of wounded, said Huguenin, estimating that Baghdad hospitals have been getting about 100 wounded a day.

Most of the wounded in the two large cities have suffered superficial shrapnel wounds, with only about 15 per cent requiring internal surgery, he said.

But the pattern in Hilla was completely different.

"In the case of Hilla, everybody had very serious wounds and many, many of them small kids and women. We had small toddlers of two or three years of age who had lost their legs, their arms. We have called this a horror."

At least 400 people were taken to the Hilla hospital over a period of two days, he said -- far beyond its capacity.

"Doctors worked around the clock to do as much as they could. They just had to manage, that was all."

The city is no longer accessible, he added.

Red Cross staff are also concerned about what may be happening in other smaller centres south of Baghdad.

"We do not know what is going on in Najaf and Kabala. It has become physically impossible for us to reach out to those cities because the major road has become a zone of combat."

The Red Cross was able to claim one significant success this week: it played a key role in re-establishing water supplies at Basra.

Power for a water-pumping station had been accidentally knocked out in the attack on the city, leaving about a million people without water. Iraqi technicians couldn't reach the station to repair it because it was under coalition control.

The Red Cross was able to negotiate safe passage for a group of Iraqi engineers who crossed the fire line and made repairs. Basra now has 90 per cent of its normal water supply, said Huguenin.

Huguenin, a Swiss, is one of six international Red Cross workers still in Baghdad. The team includes two Canadians, Vatche Arslanian of Oromocto, N.B., and Kassandra Vartell of Calgary.

The Red Cross expects the humanitarian crisis in Iraq to grow and is calling for donations to help cope.




                       EXCLUSIVE: 3 CIA ASSETS KILLED IN BAGHDAD
                                                  By Richard Sale
                                     UPI Intelligence Correspondent

Three Iraqis who aided the CIA in the March 20 attempt by the Bush administration to kill Iraqi president Saddam Hussein were executed this week
by Iraqi counterintelligence, U.S. intelligence and administration officials told United Press International.

A supersecret U.S. intelligence operation, working in Baghdad weeks before the war, provided the crucial targeting data for the attack on Saddam and his sons, launched in an effort to pre-empt a full-scale war, these sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

President Bush had been scheduled to announce the official start of the war on 1 p.m. EST Friday, March 21, U.S. officials told UPI, but instead announced it at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 -- 6:15 a.m. March 20 Baghdad time.

It now appears that Delta and the Special Forces units had help from three Iraqi agents recruited by the CIA some time after June 2000, when the first
CIA paramilitary teams secretly entered Baghdad to do reconnaissance and recruitment.

Sources told UPI Iraqi counterintelligence killed the three, shooting two and cutting out the tongue of a third, who bled to death.

The March 20 operation involved the 31 Special Operations team with 300 men, who moved into the country to join Delta forces and other
clandestine CIA paramilitaries, these sources said.

One long-time former CIA operative said it was the Delta men, already in country, who made the breakthrough for the U.S. attack by infiltrating a key Baghdad telecommunications center and tapping a fiber optic telephone line the size of a human hair.

By logging a flurry of activity and triangulating the intercepts, the U.S. clandestine team was able to locate Saddam and top leaders at Dora Farm, a
well-known Iraqi command and control complex and a legitimate war target, U.S. officials said.

It's now clear that Iraqi dissidents, recruited by the agency, played a key part in the operation by providing "priceless" information, relating to the
phone system and details of Dora Farm, according to one former senior CIA official.

After CIA director George Tenet conveyed the information to the White House, the administration quickly launched strikes by F-17s fighters and
ship-launched cruise missiles which wounded Saddam and is also believed to have killed his son Qusay, 37, who was being groomed as Saddam's successor, according to half a dozen former and serving U.S. officials. The strike hit at 5:36 a.m. Baghdad time March 20, after Bush's ultimatum to Saddam to leave Iraq or face war had expired.

A senior administration official told UPI that Saddam had suffered two burst ear drums, and "was bleeding from the nose and mouth." This source added that Saddam was so disoriented by concussion damage that he was "in a vegetative state" for hours after the strike.

Another administration official said that Saddam was "definitely alive" after the strike and appeared on Friday, March 21, wearing glasses because of concussive damage to the "capillaries of his retinas."

Aerial photos showed that the three-building compound had suffered severe damage from 2,000-pound bunker buster bombs and some 40 cruise missiles, U.S. officials said.

Details of the timing and recruitment of the Iraqi CIA assets remain vague because "we want to protect our tradecraft," one U.S. intelligence official
said.

"The agency has been working for months to hook up with Iraqi dissidents in country," an administration official said.

CIA paramilitary teams, working with Delta Forces are still inside Iraq, attempting to kill 30 top Iraqi leaders, including Saddam's other son, Uday,
39, who commands the Iraqi fedayeen, several U.S. sources said. One administration official confirmed that U.S. intelligence has the names,
addresses and cell phone numbers of the 30 targets.

At least a half a dozen U.S. official interviewed by UPI said that they believe that Saddam is wounded but still alive. "The strategy is to goad him
to appear so that we can kill him," one former senior agency covert operative said.

Saddam appears aware of this. On Tuesday, he did not appear for a scheduled TV address. Instead, a senior Iraqi official read a statement in his name.
UPI - 4 April.


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