- TEHRAN -- An Iranian news
agency close to top conservative military figures attributed the fall of
Baghdad to a secret tripartite agreement between Saddam Hussain, Russia
and the U.S.
- According to the Baztab agency, 13 days after the start
of the war, Saddam and Russian intelligence allegedly pledged to hand over
Baghdad with minimal resistance to allied forces provided they spared the
lives of Saddam and a hundred of his close relatives.
- The U.S., for its part, promised to safely send Saddam
and his entourage to a third country.
- Baztab added that Mohammed Saeed Al Sahaf, Iraqi Information
Minister, was instructed to stay in Baghdad until the very last moments
to lend the impression that everything in Saddam's camp was under control.
- The agency also claimed that Russia gained $5 billion
to orchestrate this agreement.
- Iran's state TV, which is under the supervision of the
supreme leader, also attributed the fall of Baghdad to a secret deal between
coalition forces and the deposed Iraqi president. It aired the fall of
Baghdad without showing scenes of Iraqis dancing in the streets.
- Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, said there are serious
questions surrounding Saddam's demise.