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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Russia Had Sources in U.S. Command in Iraq -

Russia Had Sources in U.S. Command in Iraq - "The Russian government had sources inside the American military command as it planned and executed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to Iraqi documents released as part of a Pentagon report.

The Russians passed information to Saddam Hussein on U.S. troop movements and plans during the opening days of the war, according to the report Friday.

 Saddam Hussein testifies during his trial in Baghdad in this March 15, 2006, file photo. A Pentagon report released Friday reveals that Russia provided Saddam with intelligence on U.S. military plans during the early days of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. (AP Photo/Jacob Silberberg, Pool, File)

The unclassified report does not assess the value of the information or provide details beyond citing two captured Iraqi documents that say the Russians collected information from sources "inside the American Central Command" and that battlefield intelligence was provided to Saddam through the Russian ambassador in Baghdad.

A classified version of the Pentagon report, titled "Iraqi Perspectives Project," is not being made public.

In Moscow, a duty officer with Russia's Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the report late Friday evening. No one answered the phones at the Defense Ministry.


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