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Friend or Foe?
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The intent is for it to spy on groups and individuals inside Iraq that are targeting U.S. and Allied troops and civilians working in Iraq. However, the CIA is recruiting many of the same individuals used by Saddam Hussein to spy on his foes, and there is concern that some of his supporters might infiltrate the new Iraqi intelligence agency.
According to a source inside the CIA who must remain anonymous for obvious reasons, the new intelligence agency will be headed by Iraqi Interior Minister Nouri Badran. His loyalty and that of his inner circle is not in question. He is a former activist in the Jordan-based Iraqi National Accord, a former exile group that includes former Baath Party military officers and intelligence agents opposed to Saddam. He and the leader of the INA, Ayad Alawi, have also worked with the CIA over the last decade in unsuccessful efforts to incite a coup against Saddam.
The CIA believes that Badran, with help from the CIA, can effectively screen former Saddam officials to find reliable and trustworthy agents and weed out those who are unreliable or secretly opposed to the new Iraqi government. However, many others, most notably Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, are not so sure. They are reportedly opposed to allowing former Saddam intelligence agents and military officers into the new agency because they feel the former regime officials cannot be trusted.
Only time will tell whether the CIA is creating a new friend or resurrecting an old foe.
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