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July 7, 2006
Iraqi Documents: Kuwaiti POWs Used As Human Shields

This story has been reported before, but the captured IIS documents contains the actual orders from Qusai Hussein directing the Republican Guard to take Kuwaiti prisoners illegally held for twelve years and use them as human shields at strategic locations. Document CMPC-2003-012666.pdf shows the brutal callousness that became the hallmark of the Hussein family:

Presidential Office/ Special Office The Secretary: Re / Kuwaiti POW’s

Regarding the execution of Mr. President, Commander Saddam Hussein’s (God protect him) orders, according to the decision of the Revolutionary Command Council on Friday, March 4, 2003.

Transfer all Kuwaiti POW’s / a total of 448 captured Kuwaitis who are located at the Al-Nida Al-Agher Prison and the Intelligence / General Center and Kazema Prison in Al-Kazema, to make them human shields at all locations that are expected to be attacked by the American aggressors. Put them in communication locations and essential ministries, radio and television, Military Industrial Commissions, and all other locations expected to be attacked by the criminal Anglo-American aggressors.

Transporting them should be in coordination with:
Intelligence Services Directorate
Republican Guard Chief of Staff

Under direct supervision of the Special Security Organization / Organization Security

Qusai Saddam Hussein
Supervisor of the Republican Guard Secretariat
March 14, 2003

Recall that the cease-fire agreement that kept Coalition forces from marching to Baghdad in 1991 required Saddam Hussein to release all Kuwaitis held prisoner immediately. Saddam and his family never complied with this major requirement, an act of war in itself. Qusai compounded it by violating every standard of war by using his illegal prisoners to act as unwilling human shields to deter the Americans from attacking their command and control facilities.

As I said above, this is not a new story, but it is one worth repeating.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 7, 2006 7:30 PM

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