US 'using Saddam's spies to combat terrorism'
America admits improved intelligence, rather than more coalition troops, is the key to stopping daily attacks by militants in Iraq. The United States has covertly begun the wholesale recruitment of Saddam Hussein’s most feared former spies in an attempt to combat a rising tide of attacks by Saddam loyalists and Islamists from across the Arab world, it was reported yesterday. The recruitment has focused on members of the Mukhabarat, the ousted regime’s foreign intelligence service, and has been “extensive”, involving up to a few hundred agents, according to the Washington Post quoting unnamed US officials. The head of the US-led coalition provisional authority (CPA), Paul Bremer, said yesterday that he could not confirm the details of the report, but stressed that improved intelligence would be a more effective way of dealing with the daily attacks and bombings by the insurgents than bringing in US military reinforcements. Full Story