Designierter irakischer Premier war früher Bombenleger
--- Die Luft wird eng für den mit dem Wohlwillen der USA designierten neuen irakischen Premier, Ijad Allawi. Er steht seit längerem wegen seiner zweifelhaften Beiträge an einem der ersponnenen Irak-Dossiers in der Kritik, die der UK-USA-Koalition Futter für den Krieg lieferten. Nun enthüllt die New York Times, dass Allawi mithilfe der CIA früher Bombenattentate in Bagdad mit organisierte: Iyad Allawi, now the designated prime minister of Iraq, ran an exile organization intent on deposing Saddam Hussein that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990's to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A., several former intelligence officials say. Dr. Allawi's group, the Iraqi National Accord, used car bombs and other explosive devices smuggled into Baghdad from northern Iraq, the officials said. ... When Dr. Allawi was picked as interim prime minister last week, he said his first priority would be to improve the security situation by stopping bombings and other insurgent attacks in Iraq — an idea several former officials familiar with his past said they found "ironic." "Send a thief to catch a thief," said Kenneth Pollack, who was an Iran-Iraq military analyst for the C.I.A. during the early 1990's and recalled the sabotage campaign. ... Dr. Allawi was a favorite of the C.I.A. and other government agencies 10 years ago, largely because he served as a counterpoint to Ahmad Chalabi, a more prominent exile leader. He "was highly regarded by those involved in Iraqi operations," Samuel R. Berger, who was national security adviser in the Clinton administration, said in an interview. "Unlike Chalabi, he was someone who was trusted by the regional governments. He was less flamboyant, less promotional." Allein die Tatsache, dass Allawi eng mit der CIA zusammengearbeitet hat, dürfte ihm im Irak nicht nur Freunde bereiten.