Iraq says it detains three alleged US spies

Iraq said on Friday it had captured at least three alleged spies who helped the US-led invasion of the country by identifying targets and assessing damage from bombardment.
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Published on Mar 28, 2003 09:24 PM IST
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PTI | By Reuters, Baghdad

Iraq said on Friday it had captured at least three alleged spies who helped the US-led invasion of the country by identifying targets and assessing damage from bombardment.

State television showed three Iraqi men described as US spies. The men told a television interviewer they were paid by the US Central Intelligence Agency to identify targets for US planes and missiles and scout locations where raids had already occurred.

The television showed equipment it said was found with the men, including Global Positioning System devices and satellite telephones.

One man said he had met a CIA officer named Mike at an undisclosed location.

"Mike came to the meetings in shorts and did not even bother to say hello to us. We did it for the money," the man said.

The United State and Britain have been conducting an aerial campaign focused on Baghdad as their ground troops advance toward the Iraqi capital.

State television did not give any more detail on the alleged espionage, nor did it say what would be done with the alleged spies.

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