TITLE

Israel's Botched Assassination Attempt Surfaces After Saddam Hussain's Capture

AUTHOR(S)
Curtiss, Richard H.
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs;Mar2004, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p22
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In 1991, the Israelis wanted to become involved in the first Gulf war against Iraq. Washington, however, was desperate to keep Israel out of the war, lest it so anger the other Arab states that the carefully crafted coalition might quickly unravel. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, meanwhile, was firing Scud missiles at both Saudi Arabia and Israel in an attempt to break up the alliance. The Israelis thirsted for revenge and set out to get Saddam Hussein. Incredibly the Israelis made a ghastly mistake at the rehearsal of the assassination attempt. Somehow, they used a real missile rather than a dummy one. In the huge explosion that ensued, five Israelis were killed and another five injured.
ACCESSION #
12163062

 

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