Inside the Secret Campaign to Topple Saddam

(Time) In small ways and big ones, the U.S. and its allies are working like termites to undermine the rickety foundations of Saddam's rule. People in the know are behaving as if a war to unseat the regime in Baghdad has already begun. The U.S. has contacted groups that may be capable of sabotage before full-scale hostilities start, according to a senior intelligence official. According to U.S. and Israeli officials, Israeli special forces have been operating inside Iraq's western desert on reconnaissance and training missions, surveying 30,000 sq. mi. for places where Iraq might have hidden the missiles and launchers it kept after the Gulf War. Sources say that should a war start, Israel will ask the U.S. to allow it to contribute a few three-man teams to the search for missiles. The bulk of the searches, the Israelis assume, will be carried out by British and American special forces.

2002-11-25 00:00:00

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