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Iraq’s stooge prime minister Iyad Allawi to call on Labour’s conference

Issue No. 1915

Tony Blair’ß decision to invite Iraq’s stooge prime minister, Iyad Allawi, to the Labour Party conference is a calculated insult.

It also reveals just what contempt the British and US governments have for any notion of Iraqis having genuine control over their own country.

Allawi stands accused of personally executing six men in a Baghdad prison in June this year.

Paul McGeough, a leading Australian journalist, investigated the claims and reported last month that he had found two men, independently of one another, who said they witnessed the killings.

They were interviewed separately and gave McGeough virtually identical accounts of the killings.

The articles, published by the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on 17 July, say US military personnel were present during the killings.

The paper named three of the victims as Ahmed Abdulah Ahsamey, Amer Lutfi Mohammed Ahmed al-Kutsia, and Walid Mehdi Ahmed al-Sammarrai.

Allawi’s brutality is not news to his US and British puppet masters.

One former CIA officer has publicly described him as having “blood on his hands”. Another brands him “a thug”.

Allawi was born into a wealthy family and joined the ruling Ba’ath Party at an early age.

He was an enforcer for the regime until 1976, when he fell out with Saddam Hussein.

While in exile in Britain he formed a close relationship with MI6 and later the CIA.

In 1979 he started organising former Ba’athist generals, all of whom were implicated in the kind of human rights abuses Saddam is charged with.

In return for millions of dollars Allawi fed spies on both sides of the Atlantic with information.

This information included the infamous claim that Saddam Hussein could launch weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes, which was used in the case for war.

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Sat 21 Aug 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1915
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