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Interview with SAID K. ABURISH

A journalist and author of numerous books, including the latest, Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge, he also was a consultant for this FRONTLINE report. For several years he worked closely with Saddam's government in posts which gave him the chance for unusually close access to Saddam Hussein himself. Beginning in the mid-seventies, he was a go-between for Western arms manufacturers doing business with Iraq, and he was part of Saddam's secret plan to acquire chemical weapons and an atomic bomb.
JAMES AKINS

An attache at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, 1963-1965, and later the U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, he offers an overview of U.S. relations with Iraq, the U.S. betrayal of the Kurds, and details how Saddam and the U.S. have both used each other and misread each other over the past three decades.
DR. SAMI ABDUL-RAHMAN

He is Deputy Prime Minister of the Kurdish Democratic Party and a member of its Politiburo. In 1970, when the Kurds negotiated a power-sharing agreement with Vice President Saddam Hussein, he was one of four Kurdish leaders who joined the Iraqi government. In this interview he talks about his personal encounters over the years with Saddam, the U.S. betrayal of the Kurds and the lingering questions about U.S. support for them now. He also explains his concerns if Saddam Hussein leaves power.
FRANK ANDERSON

He was CIA Near East Division Chief, 1991-94. In this interview he grades Saddam's security and intelligence operations, assesses why no coup attempts have succeeded and the limitations of the Iraqi opposition. He also explains why Saddam Hussein's regime is an issue the U.S. will probably have to cope with "for very long time."
TARIQ AZIZ

Since the early 1970s, he has been Saddam's conduit with the outside world, and his main advisor on foreign policy. During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, Aziz was widely considered the most effective foreign minister in the Arab world. Now Deputy Prime Minister, Aziz remains in overall charge of Iraq's foreign policy, answering only to Saddam himself. In this interview Aziz offers his personal views on Saddam's actions and leadership and articulates Iraq's--and Saddam's--point of view on U.S.-Iraq relations over the decades.
DR. HAMID AL-BAYYATI

He is SCIRI's top liaison with the West and, with the rest of the Iraqi opposition, is part of the umbrella leadership of the Iraqi National Congress. He details Saddam's grip on the Iraqi people, the United States's contradictory policies and broken promises to the Iraqi opposition, and how the opposition can succeed in overthrowing Saddam.
DR. AHMAD CHALABI

He is part of a three-man leadership council for the Iraqi opposition group, the Iraqi National Congress. He offers an overview of Saddam Hussein and Iraq the past three decades, evaluates U.S-Iraq relations, and explains the threat Saddam still poses and the strategy required for launching a successful attack against him.
JAMES CHRITCHFIELD

A former CIA Near East Division Chief, he was the leading behind-the-scenes architect of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East during the Cold War. In this interview, he summarizes the U.S.'s views and dealings with Iraq and Saddam during the 1960s and 1970s and offers a pointed analysis of how America should deal with Saddam Hussein today.
DR. MAHKMOUD OTHMAN

He is former chief negotiator for the Kurdish Democratic Party in its negotiations with Iraq and the United States.
JALAL TALABANI

He is the leader and Secretary General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of the two largest Kurdish opposition groups in Iraq.


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