April Fool (spy)

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April Fool is the codename for the spy and double agent who allegedly played a key role in the downfall of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.[1]


According to General Tommy Franks, the commander of the U.S. military in the 2003 Iraq conflict, April Fool, an American officer working undercover as a diplomat, was approached by an Iraqi intelligence agent. April Fool then sold to the Iraqi false "top secret" invasion plans provided by Franks' team. This decoy deception successfully misled the Iraqi military into deploying major forces in Northern and Western Iraq in anticipation of attacks via Turkey or Jordan, which never took place. This greatly reduced the defensive capacity in the rest of Iraq and significantly facilitated the actual attacks via Kuwait and the Persian Gulf in the southeast. Inadequately defended, Baghdad fell to coalition forces within a few weeks and Saddam Hussein's regime collapsed.[2]

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  1. ^ Russell, Alec (2004-08-02). American 'double agent' sold Baghdad false war plans. Telegraph.co.uk, 2 August 2004. Retrieved from https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/1468478/American-double-agent-sold-Baghdad-false-war-plans.html.
  2. ^ Allen-Mills, Tony (2004-08-01). Agent April Fool tricked Saddam. TimesOnline, 1 August 2004. Retrieved from http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article464330.ece. Archived on 2008-10-16 at https://web.archive.org/web/20081016220934/http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article464330.ece.


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