Saddam gives ultimatum to Gulf neighbors

By WND Staff

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Saddam Hussein is warning the leaders of Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia that Baghdad is prepared to foil any U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf region, reports Geostrategy, the global intelligence news agency.

Arab diplomatic sources characterize the message, delivered earlier this month by an Iraqi envoy, as an ultimatum.

The warning indicated Israel would be the first to be singled out by Iraq. The emissary said Iraqi missiles, and what he described as ”surprise” weapons, would be hurled toward the Jewish state the minute the U.S. attacks.

He also said Iraqi forces are in place in the south and near the border with Jordan.

Saudi Arabia was not directly threatened, but merely ”reminded” that any U.S. air strikes launched from the kingdom would result in Iraqi counterattacks.

Sources say Kuwait was told Iraq could destroy much of the tiny emirate despite the U.S. military presence there. The sheikdom also was warned an invasion could destroy its oil fields.

Kuwait is among the countries that have relayed concerns about the message to the U.S.

According to the report, a series of recent attacks on U.S. military installations and personnel in Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are considered an attempt to drive home the point.

Iraq has never claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, but sources say they were orchestrated by al-Qaida, or other terror groups, with cooperation from Saddam’s regime.

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