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    Rumsfeld to Free Saddam If He Stops Insurgence Anadolu News Agency (aa) Thursday 28, 2005 zaman.com www.zaman.com/?bl=hotnews&alt=&trh=20050428&hn=18939 There
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      Rumsfeld to Free Saddam If He Stops Insurgence
      Anadolu News Agency (aa)
      Thursday 28, 2005
      zaman.com
      www.zaman.com/?bl=hotnews&alt=&trh=20050428&hn=18939

      There are claims that US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during
      his last visit to Iraq met with ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

      According to a news article based on Iraqi Baath sources in Jordan
      published in the London based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, Rumsfeld met
      with Saddam in his cell in Bagdat (Baghdad) and the US Secretary of
      Defense asked Saddam to end the insurgence. The paper claims that
      Rumsfeld asked him on a television broadcast to make a call for
      insurgents to end the resistence against US and multi-national forces
      as well as the Iraqi security forces.

      Rumsfeld in return offered a release and exile of the administrators
      of the overthrown Iraqi regime or those who are willing to be involved
      in the government after negotiations.

      Baath sources in Jordan have reported that Saddam refused the offer.

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      Saddam receives unexpected visitor


      U.S. defense secretary offers Saddam a deal to put an end terror in
      Iraq, London-based al-Quds al-Arabia says

      By Roee Nahmias, Ynetnews, Israel

      U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld paid former Iraqi leader
      Saddam Hussein a surprise visit during his trip to Iraq two weeks ago,
      an Arab newspaper reported on Thursday.

      Only a few Iraqi officials in Jordan knew about this meeting, the
      London based Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily newspaper reported. It said
      Rumsfeld offered Saddam freedom and a possible return to public life
      in return for a televised request to armed Iraqi terrorists for a
      cease-fire with foreign liberating forces.

      However, according to sources, Saddam rejected the offer.

      Two weeks ago, the British Telegraph newspaper reported that Iraqi
      gunmen were offered a “deal” to halt all terror attacks in return
      for a reduced sentence for Saddam, who is expected to receive the
      death penalty.

      However, an Iraqi government official estimated that Saddam's Baath
      party will request to return to politics.

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3078433,00.html

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