U.S. Special Forces, CIA Operating Inside Iraq

(Boston Globe) - John Donnelly About 100 U.S. Special Forces members and more than 50 Central Intelligence Agency officers have been operating in small groups inside Iraq for at least four months, searching for Scud missile launchers, monitoring oil fields, marking minefield sites, and using lasers to help U.S. pilots bomb Iraqi air-defense systems. The operations also have included Jordanian, British, and Australian commandos. In addition to operating in northern Iraq alongside fighters belonging to Kurdish factions, in other parts of Iraq, Special Forces members are operating in areas populated largely by Shiite Muslims around Basra in the south, in the western desert near the Jordanian border, and even close to Baghdad.

2003-01-06 00:00:00

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