The Fragility of the Iraqi Regime

(Washington Post) - David Ignatius According to Western intelligence officials, in the days before the war, Saddam Hussein held his two sons, Uday and Qusay, as virtual prisoners because of fear they might take action against him. During the final defense of Baghdad, Republican Guard officers ordered some of the thousands of volunteers from other Arab nations to the front lines to face the American assault. "When the volunteers turned around to look for the Republican Guard, they had disappeared - leaving non-Iraqis to defend the regime," an intelligence official said.

2003-04-10 00:00:00

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