Tariq Aziz Captured!

Discussion in 'Politics' started by candletrader, Apr 24, 2003.

  1. We captured the Evil Scumbag Terrorist Tariq Aziz... let's put him in an outdoor cage in Guantanemo Bay, feed him bananas through the cage bars, and then shoot him after a couple of months...

    Terrorists can run but they can't hide...

    Next stop: Saddam :cool:
  2. What piece of Saddam do you think they will find first?
  3. Babak


    According to Syrian intelligence his moustache survived unscathed. :D

    But according to Israeli intelligence he's in Belarus under the protection of the Russians.
  4. What do you believe?
  5. Mecro


    Belarus is its own nation now.
  6. Babak


    aphy, I don't believe anything. Not unless he turns up (either a carcass or as prisoner).

    And yes, Belarus is technically a country but c'mon, you're not naive enough to think that Russia still has no pull there, are you?
  7. Aziz just a short while ago:
    ""We are not the kind that will surrender to them (coalition forces) just to live a wretched life for two or three years. "

    "Do you expect me, after all my history as a militant and as one of the Iraqi leaders, to go to an American prison -- to go to Guantanamo? I would rather die."

    LOL! :D
  8. msfe


    US seizes Saddam's deputy

    Oliver Burkeman in Washington
    Friday April 25, 2003

    Tariq Aziz, the most internationally recognised face of the fallen Iraqi regime after Saddam Hussein himself, was in US custody last night after surrendering to American forces, Pentagon officials said.

    The detention of Mr Aziz, who served for many years as Iraq's foreign minister and deputy prime minister, is the biggest symbolic victory so far in the coalition's manhunt for senior figures of the former government.

    He gave himself up in Baghdad after discussions with US forces through an intermediary, according to early reports, though central command did not immediately issue details.

    "He turned himself in," a US official said on condition of anonymity. "He was a major regime figure for a long, long time. He was the public face of the regime for a long time. He was close to Saddam for many years."

    Mr Aziz, the eight of spades in the Pentagon's deck of cards, is considered unlikely to possess information about weapons of mass destruction or Saddam's current whereabouts, intelligence experts said.

    However, the fact that Mr Aziz had been found alive increased the chances that Saddam and his sons were also still alive. He might also possess explosive information on the extent of past support for the regime in the west.

    President George Bush was informed of the capture as he flew back to Washington from a public appearance in Ohio. On disembarking from Air Force One, he answered reporters' shouted questions with only a laugh and a thumbs-up.

    The capture of Mr Aziz will send a signal to the Iraqi people that Saddam's regime is behind them, said Haider Ahmed, a spokesman for the Iraqi National Congress.

    He said the former Iraqi deputy prime minister had been one of Saddam's survivors. "Beyond any doubt, politically, Tariq Aziz is the most important official to be captured so far," Mr Ahmed said. "And he is the most important in Iraq outside Saddam's family.

    "He has had an important role since day one, since 1968."

    A suave intellectual schooled in diplomatic protocol, Mr Aziz, 67, served as Saddam's primary communicator with the English-speaking world, rising to prominence after the invasion of Kuwait in 1990 when he toured the world in an effort to encourage support for Baghdad.

    Yet he was believed to have attained little real power, because he was not a member of Saddam's Tikriti clan, and because he was a Christian, not a Muslim.

    That did not dim Mr Aziz's fierce loyalty to the Ba'ath party, and to Saddam personally. He has said in the past that he would rather die than spend his last days in an American jail, prompting speculation last night that he might have cut a deal with US forces.

    "This is the first of the true inner circle, someone who changed his whole personality to be Ba'athist," said Judith Yaphe, a former CIA Middle Eastern specialist. "He will know things. He may not know where the weapons of mass destruction are, because that's compartmented information.

    "But he conducted their foreign policy, so he should know what kind of cooperation they were getting from their foreign friends. This is much more important than Saddam's half-brothers, and the fact he's alive increases the likelihood that Saddam and his sons are too."

    Mr Ahmed said: "Tariq Aziz is Iraq's face in the world, the main adviser and head of Iraq's foreign policy for at least 25 years."

    The surrender topped a run of successes in the search for regime personnel. He is the 12th to be captured out of 55 most wanted that the Americans are searching for.

    "They're collapsing like a house of cards," said Lieutenant Colonel Tom Kurasiewicz, a Pentagon spokesman.

    According to defence officials, three of the other most wanted individuals are believed dead.

  9. Thank you msfe for that utterly redundant post. You must have been going through cut-and-paste withdrawals and needed a quick fix.
  10. Babak


    An even bigger fish caught:

    Former intelligence chief Farouk Hijazi was taken into U.S. custody
    #10     Apr 25, 2003