Washington Post: U.S. will help Iraqi Dissidents
- 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