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July 17, 2003 No.
538

A Top Secret Document Dated January 23, 2003<BR>From Iraqi Intelligence: A Plan for Action in the Event of a Regime Downfall

The London-based Saudi daily Al-Hayat published a top secret document [1] found in the archives of the Iraqi intelligence services. The document is a plan to be acted upon in the event of a regime collapse. The events which have taken place in Iraq since the occupation carry a striking resemblance to the instructions detailed in the plan. The following is a translation of the document;
click here to view a copy of the document as it appeared in Al-Hayat:

"Top Secret"
"To all state agencies listed below/"
"Secret emergency plan:"
"-Security [Agencies]"
"-Military Intelligence"
"-Secret Services""

"Following on our secret letter No. (3870) of 1/19/2003. In the event of the downfall of the Iraqi leadership in the hands of the American, British, and Zionist forces, God forbid, it is incumbent on all the members of the agencies listed above to act in accordance with the instructions listed below:"

  1. "Looting and burning of all state agencies connected with our directorates and other [government agencies]"
  2. "Changing residence from time to time"
  3. "Destroying power generating stations"
  4. "Destroying water installations"
  5. "Mobilizing of dependable elements and bringing them into mosques"
  6. "Joining the religious centers in Najaf"
  7. "Joining the nationalist and Islamic parties and groupings"
  8. "Cutting off internal and external communications"
  9. "Purchasing stolen weapons from citizens"
  10. "Establishing close ties with those who are returning from outside the country"
  11. "Assassination of imams and preachers of mosques."

"Copies to:"
"Secret Service Bureau - Baghdad"
"Secret Service Bureau - [unclear]"
"Secret Service Bureau - [Basra]"

[Signed]
"Comrade Head of Secret Services"

"January 23, 2003"



[1] Al-Hayat (London), July 12, 2003.