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December 5, 2002
Approved for Release: 2017/11/28 C06629379 T EG.E1Q7 (b)(3) SENIOR EXECUTIVE INTELLIGENCE BRIEF 5 December 2002 PASS SEIB 02-282CHX Iraq: Moving To Keep the Public in Line Saddam Husayn is using both incentives and intimidation to reduce the risk of popular unrest or other challenges that would undermine his authority during the crisis with Washington. Baghdad during the past six weeks distributed additional rations and supplies, released numerous prisoners, pardoned some military deserters, and offered investment grants to Iraqis in the south, -- Baghdad is considering the formation of a "national unity" government that would include Kurd, Shia, and opposition representatives to deflect domestic and international criticism of the regime -- At the same time, the regime has increased patrols and checkpoints, ordered the execution of two military officers, arrested unregistered Iraqis, and pressed tribal leaders to support the regime, Saddam 's gestures probably have done little to bolster his domestic standing, but his control tactics are likely to heighten the public's longstanding fear of taking direct action against him. Most Iraqis say they hate Saddam and would welcome his removal but are unwilling to oppose him out of fear of retribution, - Antiregime graffiti is beginning to appear in a predominantly Shia neighborhood in Baghdad, as it did during the Gulf war. (b)(3) (b)(3) (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(1) (b)(3) (b)(3) (b)(3) Approved for Release: 2017/11/28 C06629379