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Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz Turns Himself in to US Forces

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Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill and journalist Dilip Hiro talk about Aziz.

Aziz gave himself up in Baghdad after discussions with US forces through an intermediary, according to the London Guardian.

Intelligence experts say Aziz is unlikely to possess information about weapons of mass destruction or Saddam’s current whereabouts. He was the only Christian in the former Iraqi government and not a member of Saddam’s hand-picked Tikrit clan. He never wielded powder and was just number 43 on the list of 55 most wanted Iraqis.

But the fact that he is alive suggests that Saddam Hussein and his son may also still be alive.

The Guardian reports Aziz may possess explosive information on the extent of the West’s past support for the Saddam. He was appointed foreign minister in 1983 and was largely credited with securing Western support for Iraq against Iran.

Aziz became prominent in 1991 following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, when he led talks in various countries trying to avert war.

  • Jeremy Scahill, Democracy Now! correspondent who has reported extensively from Iraq.
  • Dilip Hiro, journalist and author of 24 books including ??Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm.

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