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    The following article appeared on page A7 of the Friday 4 April 2003 edition of The Arizona Republic and is credited to Joseph L. Galloway of Knight Ridder
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2003
      The following article appeared on page A7 of the Friday 4 April 2003 edition
      of The Arizona Republic and is credited to Joseph L. Galloway of Knight
      Ridder Newspapers. Written as it is with a pro-imperialist bias, the
      article nonetheless shows a good example of international anti-imperialist



      Iraq Decorates Two Men For Help With War Plans

      Washington--After Iraq, the biggest loser in the 1991 Persian Gulf War was
      the former Soviet Union, Saddam Hussein's main source of military hardware
      and doctrine.

      History may be repeating itself.

      Apparently determined to avoid another humiliation at American hands, two
      former Soviet army generals have been so deeply involved in helping to
      prepare the Iraqi military for a rematch with the Americans that Saddam
      ordered them decorated with high honors in Baghdad on the eve of this war.

      General Vladimir Achalov, a former Soviet deputy defense minister and a
      former commander of airborne and rapid-reaction forces, and General Igor
      Maltsev, a leading expert in air defense systems, left Baghdad only six
      days before the war began, U.S. officials confirmed.

      Achalov wouldn't say why Iraqi Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Akhmed
      decorated the two, telling the Russian Internet newspaper Gazeta.ru,
      which ran a photograph of the two in the Iraqi capital, only, "We didn't
      fly to Baghdad to drink coffee."

      Both generals were Communist hard-liners who were part of the abortive coup
      attempt against the last Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev.

      Administration officials said it wasn't clear whether Russian President
      Vladimir Putin, who has pursued better relations with the United States
      but opposes the U.S.-led war, was aware of the generals' work with the Iraqis,
      much less whether he approved.

      "The ties between the Soviets and the Iraqis were very close at almost every
      level in the military, in the intelligence services and in the Foreign
      Ministry," said one administration official, speaking on the condition of
      anonymity. "A lot of them took the Gulf War personally, and I wouldn't be
      surprised if some of them looked for ways to get even. But that probably
      doesn't include Putin, who I think looks ahead, not backward."

      U.S. military and intelligence officials and military analysts said the
      advice from former Soviet cold warriors has been evident in the new tactics
      Saddam has employed in the U.S. invasion: the avoidance of set-piece
      armor battles with Americans who outgun the old Soviet-made T-72 tanks,
      the use of hit-and-run attacks on U.S. supply lines by irregulars operating
      in civilian clothes and from civilian vehicles, and the apparent attempt to
      preserve Iraqi air defenses for a final battle of Baghdad.
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