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Ron F



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Dear Mr Sambrook,

Having searched BBC Online for "Allawi", and reading all the results, I find there is no reference to the fact that Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi stands accused of terrorism. The New York Times' Joel Brinkley (9th June, 2004) notes evidence that Mr Allawi -

"... ran an exile organization intent on deposing Saddam Hussein that sent agents into Baghdad in the early 1990's to plant bombs and sabotage government facilities under the direction of the C.I.A., several former intelligence officials say."

.......

"Dr. Allawi's group, the Iraqi National Accord, used car bombs and other explosive devices smuggled into Baghdad from northern Iraq, the officials said."

.......

"One former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was based in the region, Robert Baer, recalled that a bombing during that period "blew up a school bus; schoolchildren were killed" ".


Mr Allawi is accused of heading an organisation that used car bombs to terrorise and kill Iraqi people.

Was this ommission an oversight on your part, or perhaps you were looking into the story? And do you agree that the appointment of an alleged terrorist as Prime Minister is newsworthy, particularly as Allawi's appointment was characterised by BBC as being part of the "war on terror"?

Thanks for your time,
Best Regards,

Ron F.


"Ex-C.I.A. Aides Say Iraq Leader Helped Agency in 90's Attacks"
By JOEL BRINKLEY
June 9, 2004

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/09/politics/09ALLA.html?ex=1088654400&en=be5fee404c51b395&ei=5070&pagewanted=print&position=
Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:46 pm
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