US, Kurds in secret talks to plan anti-Saddam strike

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  • Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 10:27:10 +0100

DUBAI: US officials held a secret meeting near Berlin with the leaders
of the main Kurdish factions controlling northern Iraq to plan a strike
against President Saddam Hussein "by year's end," an Arab newspaper
reported Sunday. 

The Saudi-owned pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat, quoting an Iraqi Kurdish
source, said the US side at the meeting included military officials and
representatives of the State Department and Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA). 

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Massoud Barzani and Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan (PUK) chief Jalal Talabani, whose factions share
control of a Western-protected Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq, both
attended the three-day meeting which ended on Friday, the paper said.
The US strike would be launched from northern Iraq, where "three
airports have been upgraded" to serve as springboards for the attack, it
said. 

A planned meeting of US officials with Barzani and Talabani in a
mediation bid in Washington on Thursday was called off after the Berlin
talks brought the rival leaders closer, according to Asharq Al-Awsat's
source. One of the topics discussed was the possibility of merging the
KDP's and PUK's military resources into a single force in anticipation
of the anti-Saddam strike, which would take place "by year's end." 

The US has threatened to launch a military offensive against Iraq and
try to overthrow Saddam unless he allows UN arms inspectors back into
the country to verify that Baghdad no longer has weapons. 

Source:  The News

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