1) Saddam’s weapons bluff aimed at Iran – FBI reports (July 2009)
2) [from the archives] Turkey would consider Israel request to bomb Iraq (February 1998)
excerpt from: Saddam’s weapons bluff aimed at Iran – FBI reports
by JoAnne Allen, Reuters, 2 July 2009
Saddam Hussein believed Iran was a significant threat to Iraq and left open the possibility that he had weapons of mass destruction rather than appear vulnerable, according to declassified FBI documents on interrogations of the former Iraqi leader.
“Hussein believed that Iraq could not appear weak to its enemies, especially Iran,” FBI special agent George Piro wrote on notes of a conversation with Saddam in June 2004 about weapons of mass destruction.
He believed Iraq was being threatened by others in the region and must appear able to defend itself, the report said.
The FBI reports, released on Wednesday, said Saddam asserted that he was more concerned about Iran discovering Iraq’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities than the repercussions of the United States for blocking the return of UN weapons inspectors who were searching for WMD.
“In his opinion, the UN inspectors would have directly identified to the Iranians where to inflict maximum damage to Iraq,” according to the documents obtained and released by the National Security Archive, a nongovernmental research institute.
from the archives:
excerpts from: Turkey would consider Israel request to bomb Iraq
by Tom Doggett, Reuters, 19 February 1998
If Iraq fired missiles at Israel in retaliation for a U.S. attack, Turkey would consider a request from Israel to fly its planes over Turkish soil to strike back, Turkey’s ambassador to the United States said on Thursday. […]
“If things come to that stage, whereby Iraq is using weapons of mass destruction against Israel, we will certainly consider” a request from Israel to fly over Turkey, [Nuzhet] Kandemir said during a briefing with reporters at his residence.
CSIS report: Turkey would be the optimum route for a possible Israeli attack on Iran (March 2009)