"Imagine this scenario. The U.S. government obtains intelligence that hidden somewhere in central Iraq is an actual stargate, placed there by the Anunnaki 'gods' of ancient Sumeria... In this scenario, when Nibiru (the alleged "twelfth planet"--J.T.) is closest to Earth, the Anunnaki " will "take the opportunity to travel to Earth through that same stargate and will set up their encampment in Iraq."

"With time running out, President Bush invades Iraq. American scientists raid the (Iraqi national) museum and close the stargate, thus frustrating the grandiose ambitions of the self-styled reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar, Saddam Hussein, and making the world safe for the New World Order."

"Is this the sequel to the movie Stargate? Is it a new episode of the TV series? Is it a new Star Trek movie? No, it is none of these. According to Dr. Michael Salla, it is probably exactly what happened!"

"Dr. Salla, an Australian national, obtained his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Melbourne and then his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Government from the University of Queensland in 1993. After spending two years as an Associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies in Australia, he joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Australian National University in Canberra as a lecturer. In 1996, he came to the U.S. and gained an academic appointment at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. where he remained until 2001."

"Dr. Salla's Iraq stargate theory is expounded in a paper written for publication."

"He believes that the U.S., Russia, Germany and France have been aware that the Anunnaki left behind some very high-tech apparatus, and possibly weaponry, when they abandoned the Earth around 1,700 B.C., and that Saddam Hussein had been getting assistance from Russian, German and French archaeological teams for years in an attempt to unravel, and perhaps reverse-engineer, this apparatus, which Salla claims is probably far in advance of any technology we might have obtained from the Grays from Zeta Reticuli" and which is supposedly warehoused at Area 51 in Nevada.

Some in the Middle East's UFO community theorize that Task Force 20, which has been conducting commando raids north of Baghdad in recent weeks, is looking for this stargate in addition to elusive former dictator Saddam Hussein.

According to Mahmoud al-Diwaniyahi, the alien stargate may be hidden away in one of several locations. Some possible locations include:

  1. An ancient crypt beneath the Sumerian ziqqurat (pyramid) of Dur Kurigalzu, near Baghdad.

  2. The so-called "Dark Ziqqurat" of Enzu, located in the as-Zab as-Saghir (Little Zab) river valley, which once was the lair of Gimil-ishbi, a Sumerian sorcerer of 3,000 B.C.

  3. Beneath the ancient fortress of Qalaat-e-Julundi, near Zarzi in the Little Zab River valley, north of Mosul.

  4. Saddam's reputed underground base in Al-Ouja, 3 kilometers (2 miles) north of Tikrit, which was built for him by "the Zarzi aliens," extraterrestrials whose UFO crashed in Iraq in December 1998 and who were given sanctuary in Zarzi by Saddam.

(Editor's Comment: Dr. Salla's paper puts a whole new spin on that UFO "crash." Did the Zarzi aliens land in Iraq deliberately? Were they planning all along to reactivate the ancient Anunnaki stargate?)

"Task Force 20 has been relentless in their search," Mahmoud reported, "But Saddam continues to elude them. He is said to never spend more than three or four hours in any one location. Saturday (August 9, 2003) he released another tape urging the Iraqi people to resist the occupation."

(Editor's Comment: Another audiotape!? Saddam has more recordings out than Mariah Carey.)

As always, Baghdad continues to seethe with rumors and urban legends.

"As a U.S. soldier peered out of a passing tank, a young engineering student and a retired accountant contemplated one of the more common questions on the streets of Baghdad: Did the soldier's wraparound sunglasses give him X-ray vision?"

"'With those sunglasses, he can definitely see through women's clothes,' said the engineering student, Samer Hamid. 'It makes me angry. We are afraid to take our families out on the street.'"

"The retired accountant, Hekmet Tinber Hassan, smiled and said it was a baseless rumor, just like the widespread story that Saddam Hussein had been secretly working for America and was now at a CIA safe house."

"'I do not believe Saddam is in America,' Hassan said, 'I heard he went to Tel Aviv.'"

"In the urban legends flourishing in Baghdad, the soldiers triumphed thanks to Saddam's treachery and to U.S. technology. The legend about the X-ray sunglasses might have evolved from reports about the soldiers' night- vision goggles, or maybe just from the imposing Terminator image of the soldiers."

"Compared with the (Iraqi) residents, who cope with the 120-degree heat by staying in the shade and dressing in light clothes and sandals, the soldiers have the look of robotic aliens as they patrol in the midday sun wearing combat boots, helmets and armored vests."

"Some Iraqis say the soldiers take special pills that keep them cool, but the most common theory is that they have portable air-conditioners--usually said to be placed inside the vests (flak jackets - J.T.), but sometimes placed in the helmet or even the underwear."

"'There is fluid circulating throughout the underwear,' said Hamid the engineering student. 'I am not sure of the exact mechanism, but we all know the Americans have very sophisticated technology.'"

American "GIs are said to be so demoralized that 30 percent of them have already abandoned their posts and paid $600 apiece to escape by an underground railroad to Turkey or Syria." "Others have supposedly converted to Islam and fled to marry women in Saudi Arabia."

Most disturbing of the urban legends is the one dealing with "concealed casualties."

"They say Saddam's alien friends used their bio- engineering to create giant scorpions. There were rumors of these creatures in the as-Zab as-Saghir before the war," Mahmoud reported.


"They say some Americans have been killed by these creatures. The rumor in Fallujah is that the Americans are hiding the casualties by dumping large numbers of soldiers' bodies each night into the Tigris River."

(Editor's Comment: There are also rumors that Saddam and Elvis ride around in a shibriyeh on the back of a giant scorpion. I'll believe in these cow-sized scorpions when I see a photo of one beside a Humvee. On the other hand, the Pentagon has been known to deep-six unwelcome casualties before. In May 1944, the U.S. Army buried 3,000 men in unmarked graves in southern England. The men were casualties of the ill-fated Exercise Tiger, a rehearsal for D-Day.)


Iraqi teenagers have taken a liking to the GI sunglasses.

"Like Zahra Thaer, 13. She was walking down a sidewalk in Baghdad wearing a new pair of wraparound sunglasses."

"'These are the latest style,' she said, explaining that she had been lucky to get one of the last pairs left in the store."

"Did she believe the soldiers' glasses gave them X- ray vision?"

"'I am not so sure about their sunglasses,' she said, 'But I know about the helmet. Inside each helmet is a map showing the soldier the location of every house in Iraq. My friends at school told me about it.'"

(See Atlantis Rising No. 41 for September/October 2003, "The Exopolitical Factor". Also the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for August 8, 2003, "Mistrust of U.S. soldiers runs deep-right down to the underwear," pages 1A and 12A. Also thanks to Mahmoud al-Diwaniyahi for the additional information.)

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