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Washington Post: U.S. will help Iraqi Dissidents

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  • Ami Isseroff
    U.S. will help Iraqi Dissidents [13.01.01] The Clinton administration has approved a plan to help Iraqi opposition groups reestablish their presence inside
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 15, 2001
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      U.S. will help Iraqi Dissidents

      [13.01.01] The Clinton administration has approved a plan to
      help Iraqi opposition groups reestablish their presence inside Iraq,
      U.S. officials said.

      In a report submitted to Congress on Wednesday, the
      administration outlined plans to distribute food, medicine
      and other forms of humanitarian relief inside
      government-controlled areas of Iraq by means of the Iraqi
      National Congress, or INC, the main umbrella group for
      opposition forces arrayed against Hussein's government.
      According to the plan, prepared in close consultation with
      the INC, opposition members will make clandestine forays
      into government-controlled areas to distribute relief

      According to the eight-page report, the INC plans to
      distribute humanitarian aid to displaced persons in northern
      Iraq and to "Iraqis living in areas controlled by the regime
      (especially Marsh Arabs and other people living in
      southern Iraq and the Iran-Iraq border areas)." To that end,
      the opposition will set up relief offices in northern Iraq and
      southern Iran; aid will be distributed in
      government-controlled areas of the south "through
      temporary deployments of mobile teams supported by
      offices in Iran."

      The propaganda campaign will include satellite television
      broadcasts, 24-hour-a-day radio broadcasts from a "high
      power transmitter inside the country" and distribution of a
      "miniaturized version" of the INC's weekly newspaper
      "inside areas now under the control of the Baghdad
      regime," the report states.

      Source: Washington Post
      Contributed by Kevin Wein

      More at:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57039-2001Jan13.html
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