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CIA opens offices in northern Iraq
Iraq-USA, Politics, 10/25/2002
The CIA has enhanced its declared presence and activity in the Kurdish area which is outside the control of Baghdad's authority, while the US defense department is auditing any intelligence information that might find links between the Iraqi regime to al-Qaida organization.
Opposition sources said that the CIA has reinforced its presence in northern Iraq by opening two field offices in the Kurdish area, and as from Monday a station for the American intelligence in the area which falls under the control of the Kurdistani national federation and another one in the area under the control of the Kurdistani democratic party.
This is, however, the first time since 1996 in which the US intelligence have an official presence in northern Iraq after the Bill Clinton administration in that year gave up a plan to arrange a coupe in Iraq, according to former CIA officer Robert Bayer.
An official in one of the opposition groups said that the American intelligence are on the ground since Monday, while former officer at the US intelligence said that its members were visiting and leaving the area frequently but now they are living permanently.
The new offices for the American intelligence will be a reception stations for the fleeing military men who might choose to work with the American side before the military campaign the US threatens to launch against Iraq.
An advisor for the US national security affairs who works for the American government said that a "great part of the American policy is now directed towards making a change inside Iraq so that we do not have to launch a war." He added that in order to achieve this target, the US administration tries to show the senior Iraqi army officers that "they have nothing to lose but they will win much if they move," against Saddam Hussein.
However, the existence of an official office for the US intelligence in northern Iraq was the subject of intensive negotiations since August between the American government and the two Kurdish parties. Meantime, a team at the US defense department ( the Pentagon) is inspecting what had been said in intelligence information to find a link between Saddam Hussein regime and al-Qaida organization. The team which was formed after September 11, 2001 attacks and works from outside the CIA uses very sophisticated computer systems for analyzing information concerning Iraq, sent by the CIA, the defense intelligence agency and other intelligence departments, according to officials at the Pentagon
Domestic, officially acknowledged overt CIA office buildings are listed below.
 1016 16th Street NW
 1717 H Street NW (Matomic Building)
 2210 E Street NW (Briggs School) [New building.]
 2430 E Street NW complex (includes Buildings 7, 9, 11 and 12 and the North, East, Central and South Buildings) [New buildings. This is the location of the original CIA headquarters, across the street from the State Department. State has several offices listed in the complex.]
 Alcott, Barton, Curie Halls, Recreation and Services (R&S) Building, Quarters Eye, West Potomac Park [Buildings gone. Photos of Barton Hall in West Potomac Park are in the Library of Congress American Memory Collection]
 Riverside Stadium (aka The Coliseum), 26th Street NW, Foggy Bottom [Building gone, now the Kennedy Center.]
 Steuart Motors Building (top floors), New York Avenue at 5th Street NW [Building exists but not clear if in use. This was the original location of the National Reconnaissance Office.]
 Temporary Buildings Q and M, D Street NW, Foggy Bottom [Buildings gone.]
 Temporary Buildings 13 & 14, D Street NW, Foggy Bottom [Buildings gone.]
 Temporary Buildings I, J, K, L, West Potomac Park [Buildings gone.]
[Concerning the previous three listings, the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) complex is located at D Street NW and 23rd Street NW, west across the street from the State Department, and an online campus plan identifies the buildings in use. However, three structures to the west of BUMED are exluded from the campus plan and their use is unknown. See below.]
 Ames Building, 1820 Fort Myer Drive, Rosslyn
 Arlington Towers Garage, Fort Myer Drive [sic], Rosslyn [Allegedly where Bob Woodward met Deep Throat.]
 Broyhill Building, 1000 North Glebe Road, Ballston
 Chamber of Commerce Building, 4600 North Fairfax Drive, Ballston
 Key Building, (1200 Wilson Blvd.), and  Magazine Building, Rosslyn
 CIA Headquarters Building complex