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CIA, Allies Tracking Iraqi Agents

Agencies Launch Effort To Foil Terrorist Attacks. The CIA and security services from several U.S. allies around the world are prepared to arrest Iraqi agents, their associates and known anti-American terrorists to prevent possible attacks against U.S. citizens, embassies or other facilities if the United States launches a war against Iraq, according to senior Bush administration officials. “We and our allies are bracing for a terrorist offensive, and we are keeping track of Iraqi intelligence officers around the world,” one senior U.S. intelligence official said. Foreign intelligence services already are tracking individuals known to be in touch with Iraqi agents, and they have interrogated some of these individuals as well as some Iraqi expatriates, the official said. U.S. allies also are on alert for signs that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has sent agents abroad to arm Iraqis or terrorist groups with conventional, chemical or biological weapons, officials said. They said some of the weapons may already be in place outside Iraq’s borders. Full Story

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