Iraq: June 24, 2002

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The recent assassination attempt on Saddam's son, Qusay, is another indication that Saddam is having problems with his own security and the degree of control Saddam has in the country. Someone involved with Saddam's security had to screw up or help out for the bomb to be planted in Qusay's car. There have been continuing reports of  unrest in Saddam's inner circle and savage reprisals against real or imagined opposition. This encourages American officials who are calling for a quick attack on Iraq using "Afghan tactics." But American military leaders consider that too much of a gamble. Turkey has gone on record as opposing an invasion of Iraq unless the UN approves (unlikely). Meanwhile, the US continues to build up forces in smaller Gulf States like Bahrain and Oman, that do support an American attack. 

 

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