The U.S. is in Iraq.
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American Forces in Northern Iraq, Arabic Press
As-Safir, Translated from Arabic
LONDON, July 1, 2002 -- Highly informed diplomatic sources have
disclosed to "as-Safir" that the United States of America has begun to
carry out a plan of security and military operations aimed at Iraq, that
American troops have entered areas in northern Iraq, and that major
bases have been set up for them inside Jordan.
The sources report that the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA), George Tenet, personally visited northern Iraq when he recently
paid a visit to the region. There he gave orders to begin a security
operation immediately after President George Bush signed the order
empowering the CIA to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
The sources said that the new element in the plan concerns the
supposed role of Jordan and that King Abdullah II in agreeing to vacate
two military airfields in Jordan to be used by the American troops.
Some two thousand American troops have already landed in Jordanian
territory. In addition, dozens of soldiers together with members of
American intelligence, have been transported into Iraqi territory.
The sources said that the Americans have begun a campaign of making
contact with the numerous forces in the Iraqi opposition, but that great
difficulties confront the idea of setting up an alliance similar to the
"Northern Alliance" in Afghanistan.
The sources report that the United States presented the plan to Saudi
Arabia, but Riyadh reiterated its refusal to allow its territory to be used
for any military action against Iraq. It appears that the matter was taken
to other countries to obtain their permission to use their territories
should that become necessary.
The sources said that the United States had presented a plan for
emergency economic aid to Jordan in case its economic and trade
relations with Iraq fall into a crisis.
The Turkish paper Yeni Safak, reported on 27 June 2002, quoting
sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry, that the US has transported
about 7,000 troops via heavy transport planes to the Incirlik airbase near
Adana in the last two weeks.
The paper added that Washington had begun to strengthen its forces in
the area after its decision to begin military operations against Baghdad
within the coming two months. The paper said that the number of US
troops in Turkey would be increased from 7,000 to 25,000 troops during
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