A former Iraqi intelligence official revealed that the United States had set before the late President Saddam Hussein six conditions to lift the siege imposed on Iraq since the invasion and occupation of Kuwait in August 1990.
At the forefront of the conditions is recognition of Israel and granting the United States a military base in Iraq; An alternative to the base of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Salem Al-Jumaili, director of the American division in the Iraqi intelligence during the era of Saddam Hussein, said that Washington was upset with Saudi Arabia’s refusal to launch a war on Iraq under the pretext of the presence of weapons of mass destruction.
He added: “During the investigations with us after the occupation of Iraq, the Americans told us that Washington will not forget the Saudi refusal, and that Riyadh will pay the price sooner or later for that position.”
Al-Jumaili explained in a series of dialogues through the episodes of “Documentary Words” on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s execution, and the first episode was broadcast today, that the Iraqi intelligence service reached understandings with advisers and assistants within the US Department of Defense in an attempt to stave off war, but there are many opportunities It was lost, due to Saddam Hussein’s refusal to comply with American conditions, granting Washington military privileges and recognizing Israel.
According to al-Jumaili, the American negotiators were assuring that the issue of Iraq’s oil did not concern Washington as much as the security and safety of Israel and its allies in the region.
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