SADDAM'S CIA COUP

THE AGENCY HOPED TO TURN KURDISTAN INTO A BASE FOR HUSSEIN'S OPPONENTS. THE DICTATOR'S INCURSION, HOWEVER, HAS WIPED OUT THE AMERICANS' OPERATIONS

On Ain Kawa street in Erbil, just beyond the green arch bearing the inscription FREE KURDISTAN, there stands a gray house, No. 23-7. Everyone in this Christian suburb whispers about the six "unknown Americans" in their fancy white Landcruiser who used to visit No. 23-7 regularly. They were CIA case officers, and until they fled on Aug. 31, just as the Iraqi army was rolling into the Kurdish city, this was their base in Erbil. When they departed--driving fast, well before dawn-- they left three things behind. The first was the rent, four months' worth paid in advance. Second was hundreds...

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