Wow, so that's who's behind those anti-war demonstrations!

Stuart Lawrence stuartwl at walrus.com
Thu Jan 30 22:34:05 MST 2003


Report: Iraqi spies in U.S.
January 30, 2003

By JAMES GORDON MEEK
(N.Y.) DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

WASHINGTON - Iraq sent spies from Canada to New York and Washington this
month to snoop and stir up anti-war demonstrations, according to a
government report obtained by the Daily News.

The classified document also reveals a plot by Al Qaeda-linked militants in
Zimbabwe to attack American targets in that country and elsewhere if the
U.S. declares war on Iraq.

It suggests the group, Tablik Ja'maat, could be a "conduit for
communication" between Osama Bin Laden's terror network and Iraqi leaders.

The threats, disclosed to U.S. spy agencies yesterday, are detailed in a
secret report prepared by an intelligence unit in the Homeland Security
Department.

It comes as the White House weighs the release of classified information to
prove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's links to Al Qaeda and efforts to evade
UN weapons inspectors.

A source identified as a member of the Iraqi opposition told U.S. agents
that Iraqis in Canada were ordered to recruit Arabs and other foreigners for
espionage missions in the U.S., the report said.

The Iraqi Embassy in Ottawa sent operatives to New York and Washington with
instructions to "intensify spying activities and to carry out anti-U.S.
demonstrations to stop a war against Iraq," the report said.

The report said the Iraqis were willing to spend "large sums" to back the
effort.

The report also describes a plot by Tablik Ja'maat to carry out "coordinated
attacks" against U.S targets in Zimbabwe if war is declared on Iraq. Other
attacks, revealed by the group's leader at a Jan. 18 meeting at a mosque in
Harare, would take place in Pakistan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey, South
Africa and Israel, the report said.

An Associated Press report last week said that the FBI is looking to
question as many as 50,000 Iraqis living in the U.S. to root out potential
spies and terror cells.



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