Saddam Hussein 'wanted $1bn exile deal'

The revelation is contained in a previously unpublished transcript of talks between President George W Bush and the then Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar in February 2003 at the US leader's Texas ranch.

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Report Says Hussein Was Open to Exile Before 2003 Invasion

Karen DeYoung and Michael Abramowitz report for The Washington Post: "Less than a month before the US invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein signaled that he was willing to go into exile as long as he could take with him $1 billion and information on weapons of mass destruction, according to a report of a Feb. 22, 2003, meeting between President Bush and his Spanish counterpart published by a Spanish newspaper yesterday." Also, Ernesto Ekaizer reports for El Pais Spain that "During a long conversation with then Spanish president Jose Maria Aznar, held Saturday February 22, 2003 at the Crawford, Texas Ranch, Bush made clear that the moment had arrived to remove Saddam. 'Two weeks remain. In two weeks, we will be militarily ready. We will be in Baghdad by the end of March,' he said to Aznar."

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