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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Thursday, February 27, 2003
11:49 PM

Debka Update... Old to Debka, new to us since we haven't checked the site for a week:

Senior military sources in Kuwait, asked by DEBKAfile, did not deny that special operations might already be underway in Iraq’s southern oil fields. The same sources said any assault on Iraq will have to carefully balance 'hard strikes' with 'soft overtures' to Iraqis most likely to capitulate and ally themselves with US-led forces. The key to this approach is to deny the oil fields and their revenue to Baghdad from day one of the war and possibly hasten regime change instigated from within the ruling clique.

Going in softly, which is taken to mean a short massive air campaign to prepare the way for ground troops, would also let the US make good on promises of fair treatment for any surrendering Iraqis. Such promises have been spelled out in massive leaflet drops over the south in recent weeks and also given to Iraqi unit officers in contacts established by US and UK undercover forces in Iraq....

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