This is certainly an interesting story:
CAIRO, Egypt – Iraqi officials said Sunday that Syrian authorities had captured Saddam Hussein’s half-brother and 29 other officials of the deposed dictator’s Baath Party in Syria and handed them over to Iraq in an apparent goodwill gesture.
Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, a former Saddam adviser suspected of financing insurgents after U.S. troops ousted Saddam, was captured in Hasakah in northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border, two senior Iraqi officials told The Associated Press by telephone on condition of anonymity. Hasakah is about 30 miles from the Iraqi border.
They added that al-Hassan was captured and handed over to Iraqi authorities along with 29 other members of Saddam’s collapsed Baath Party, whose Syrian branch has been in power in Damascus since 1963.
Refresh my memory. Didn’t Syria spend a lot of time telling us that no way, no how were there any members of Hussein’s regime hiding out in Syria? Didn’t the Syrian government spend a lot of diplomatic effort to assure us that there was no chance that anyone fom Hussein’s regime were sponsoring the terrorism in Iraq fron inside Syria? Did they tell us that they were actively and vigorously working to round up anyone from the Hussein regime who fled into Syria?
I sure do recall them saying all of that.
So tell me, what was this man and his 29 cohorts doing running free for so long only to be miraculously captured and remanded to Iraq at the exact moment Syria needed a goodwill gesture?
And answer me this. What else from the Hussein regime might still be hidden away in Syria?
Guesses anyone? You get bonus points for guesses that include tractor trailer loads of things that make loud *BOOM* noises and dispers all sorts of nasty toxic things into the air.
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