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Major Intelligence Discovery in Baghdad

Major Intelligence Discovery in Baghdad

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(Baghdad, Iraq-AP) -- U-S troops may have made a major intelligence discovery in Baghdad. They found two residential buildings full of microfilm cartridges and paper files.

An Army counterintelligence agent says they're archives, but officials still don't know of what. They found four specially designed safes, with thousands of microfilm cartridges filling one room of one house. The film showed official Iraqi documents written in Arabic. The cartridges were numbered in a cataloging system.

Next door, they found dozens of book cases with hundreds of paper files -- some going back to the 1950's. Three document shredders were also set up in the building, and several plastic bags held shredded documents. Other files had been dumped in similar bags and thrown in a corner.

U-S intelligence agencies have placed a high priority on finding what they call "document caches" for information about Saddam Hussein's regime and possible banned weapons programs.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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