“Soon after the restoration of full diplomatic relations [with Iraq, on November 26, 1984], the Americans sent a CIA liaison team to Baghdad to deliver satellite photos and other intelligence gleaned from U.S. AWACS surveillance aircraft based in neighboring Saudi Arabia. The intelligence liaison between Langley, Virginia, the CIA headquarters, and Baghdad was soon established on such a regular footing that Saddam designated three senior officers from the Estikhbarat, Iraq’s military intelligence, to liaise directly with the Americans.”

 – Con Coughlin, Saddam: His Rise and Fall, Page 215