Archive for the ‘Saddam’ Category

Up to 25 Iraq government officials accused in coup plot

December 18, 2008

More than 20 employees of Iraq’s Ministry of the Interior have been arrested on allegations that they were plotting to revive Saddam Hussein‘s outlawed Baath party, government officials said Thursday.

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press Writers

Provincial election posters advertising Prime Minister Nuri ... 
Provincial election posters advertising Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s political list are plastered on a wall in central Baghdad. Iraq has arrested about 50 interior ministry officials for plotting a coup against the Shiite-led government, a senior Iraqi security official said on Thursday.(AFP/File/Sabah Arar)

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf told reporters that 23 people, most employees of the ministry’s traffic department, have been arrested over the past five days but he dismissed suggestions they were plotting a coup.

A security official put the figure at 25 and said a brigadier general in the traffic police was the highest-ranking figure. Most of the others are low-level ministry employees, he said.

The official, who has access to the investigative file, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the matter to the media.

Another security official said those in custody were believed to have links to al-Awda, or “Return,” a Sunni underground organization founded in 2003 to try to restore Saddam and the Baath party to power.

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Condoleezza Rice takes responsibility for Iraq occupation woes; absolves Rumsfeld

December 7, 2008

Condoleezza Rice is taking responsibility for the troubled U.S. occupation in Iraq right after Saddam Hussein was overthrown.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks during a joint news ... 

Rice was President George W. Bush’s national security adviser when the war began in 2003. She says it wasn’t former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld‘s fault that things went badly when the U.S. began to occupy Iraq after driving out Saddam.

She says military operations went very well in removing Saddam from power. But she says the U.S. did not have what she calls the right structure in place to handle the occupation.

Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld

Rice says the Bush administration put a single department — the Pentagon — in charge of running Iraq. Rice — who’s now secretary of state — says that wasn’t the right approach.

Rice made her comments on “Fox News Sunday.”

–Associated Press