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2003-08-24 00:45:00

I know how you don't like it when people suggest you shouldn't go

somewhere because it's dangerous and they're afraid. And what I'm going to say

to you here does'nt come close to suggesting such a thing either... but I do

think there is a warning I have to share w/ you. Hope that's ok.

I heard a man in Baghdad from Time magazine. He sounds like one of

those crazy reporters who imbeds themself w/ the resistance fighters. He

says he's heard from Fedayeen fighters from west of Baghdad that the bombing

at the UN was executed by an internal Islamist front (not necessarily

Anwar Al- Islam). He also said he heard (im not sure what "heard" translates

into e.g. rumor or fact) from Kurdish intelligence (Mosul, Kirkuk region) of

a specific threat of another bomb attack in a specific area of Baghdad,

specifically, the area of aid agencies and government type

establishments. It's also been reported that the truck used in the UN attack was

standard Soviet, military, Iraqi army issue. These trucks can be located at any

Iraqi military facility in Iraq. And if I recall correctly the war

coverage I watched for 3 weeks, these bases are everywhere. The whole F'n

country is a weapons depot.

So, Andy....I know you're going to Baghdad, and I know you're a smart,

common sense, seasoned traveler. I know you'll go there and be fine.

But I have had this feeling the attacks in Iraq are going to intensify for

some time now. I've just been waiting, actually. and when I heard this

reporter guy from the Times live on the news it only confirmed my suspicions. I

just want to share with you this "feeling" I have about the situation in

Iraq right now, and to raise raise the following concerns such as...if

you've seen and can recognize what an iraqi military army trucks looks like

start looking around for the nearest barrier you can put between it and you

at any moment. I know, it sounds silly. and come to think of it,

adventurous. just do as you always do being aware of your surroundings.

Also...the Kurds know a LOT! and they've provided a lot of

intelligence before, during and after the war (major combat) let's seee..the Saddam

boys were taken out in Kurd country, they've provided intelligence that lead

to the capture of many of the high ranking Iraq officials from the deck of

55 (is that the number? i thought there were 52 cards in a deck) plus,

special forces have been embedded up there in Kurd country since gulf war I.

So you know, they know a lot. Information is power. My point is, don't let

your guard down to much up there in Kurd country. Information is power.

Have you ever heard it said, "If I told you, I'd have to kill you."

on another're perfectly positioned to have soem great

adventure :-) could embed yourself with either group, the

counterintelligence operations coming out of the north or the resistance fighters (possible

profile: the ones who look evil, dont smile, the angry ones who stare

at you intently) and fight out lots of information....maybe you can do a piece

on your blog where you post iraqi's opinions, knowledge or perception of

where saddam is or what role he's playing in the attacks in the country.

wanna play w/ the CIA???? :-) we could have fuunn! if you did this, they'd

definitely watch you. mebbe not such a good idea.


I ask all the time about Saddam. They do not know anything

and would turn him in if they did. There is an obvious Islamic

movement in the North here.

I posted this now, and because there is Peter and JJ in the country and

who knows else.