secret documents found in Baghdad show that Russia provided Saddam Hussein's
regime with wide-ranging assistance in the months leading up to the war,
including intelligence on private conversations between Tony Blair and
other Western leaders.
Moscow also provided Saddam with lists of assassins available for
"hits" in the West and details of arms deals to neighbouring countries.
The two countries also signed agreements to share intelligence, help each
other to "obtain" visas for agents to go to other countries and to exchange
information on the activities of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qa'eda leader.
The documents detailing the extent of the links between Russia and Saddam
were obtained from the heavily bombed headquarters of the Iraqi intelligence
service in Baghdad yesterday.