Sunday, April 06, 2003

Khazraji found?
The Australian Broadcasting Corp. is saying on its website that Denmark's Politiken daily has reported that Gen. Nizar Khazraji is in Kuwait, after being spirited out of Denmark thanks to CIA help.

Here are the first three paragraphs of the ABC News story:

Former Iraqi General Nizar al-Khazraji, touted as a possible successor to President Saddam Hussein, is now in Kuwait after escaping from Denmark last month with the help of the CIA, the Danish daily Politiken reported on Sunday.

Citing a report by the former head of the CIA's counter-terrorism department, a copy of which was obtained by the paper, Politiken said the US security services see Khazraji as their preferred successor for Saddam in a post-war Iraq, a view that is not shared by the Pentagon.

The ex-CIA official, who completed the confidential report on March 28, said the US intelligence services secretly extracted Khazraji and that he was currently helping US forces in the war against Baghdad, according to Politiken.

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