A Loyal Spy

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A Loyal Spy

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Anabasis - A secret in the Nevada Desert

‘Nor is being held at a camp in the Nevada desert, under the auspices of a CIA programme named Anabasis,’ Monteith said. ‘It’s a covert operation to equip and deploy Iraqi defectors, mostly former Iraqi army, to destabilise Saddam’s regime. That’s the cover. I think that Eschatos is Winthrop’s creation, a programme hidden within a programme, to shield it from congressional oversight. And that’s about all I know.A Loyal Spy
In 2002, the CIA set up a small and secret army of Iraqi Commandos at a training site located in the Energy Department's Nuclear Test Site, a vast tract of desert northwest of Las Vegas. They had their own rallying cry: 'Back to Baghdad.'
The initial plan was that the Commados - who called themselves Scorpions 77 Alpha - would seize control of an Iraqi base near the Saudi border, declare a coup calling on Iraqi units to join them, and thereby promt Saddam to retaliate. An act that would require him to violate the no-fly zone. The United States and Britain would then have a reason to attack Saddam's forces, and the war would be on.
'Who needed evidence of weapons of mass destruction? John Maguire, the deputy chief of the CIA's Iraq Operations Group, and the agency officers working the Anabasis project had their own plan for starting the war, and it had nothing to do with the WMD debate. They also had a small army of Iraqi commandoes—led by a former Iraqi war hero—willing to put the plan into action.' Hubris by Michael Isikoff and David Corn