Saddam gave orders to fire chemical weapons at Tel Aviv if he was toppled in First Gu

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    Saddam Hussein gave orders to his subordinates to launch missiles with chemical warheads at Israel should he start to lose power during the First Gulf War, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Friday, citing tapes from the late Iraqi president’s archives.

    According to the report, Hussein dispersed missiles armed with chemical weapons at bases across the country and gave orders to have them launched at the Jewish state should his regime collapse or he be cut off from his general staff. The list of strategic Israeli targets was drawn up and included, curiously, Haifa’s leading high-tech university, The Technion.

    A professor from the university recounted in the report that a Jordanian official who visited the school told him that Saddam insisted the Technion be added to the list of strategic targets because a teacher at the school had spoken ill of him.

    Hussein tape-recorded many of his meetings with senior Iraqi officials and foreign dignitaries. The trove of audio archives was captured by the United States in 2003 and some were analyzed by Avner Golov of the Institute of National Security Studies, a think tank at Tel Aviv University.

    According to Golov, Hussein ultimately never launched biological or chemical weapons at Israel “because he never thought he had reached the point that he felt his regime was under threat.”

    Read more: 'Saddam gave orders to fire chemical weapons at Tel Aviv if he was toppled in First Gulf War' | The Times of Israel
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