U.S., UK Tried to Buy Loyalty of Iraqi Tribal Shiekhs

(Ha'aretz) - Zvi Bar'el According to sources in Kuwait, agents of the American and British intelligence services went to Iraq from Jordan and Kuwait with suitcases full of dollars in an attempt to create a situation similar to that in Afghanistan, where the heads of the tribes are helping the American forces in their war against al Qaeda in exchange for cash. There are some 150 large tribes and another 2,000 or so small tribes or sub-tribes or large families in Iraq, with family ties in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, and Syria.

2003-04-03 00:00:00

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