Arab net woos Iraq info minister

Channel offers commentator position

DUBAI — Arab satcaster al-Arabiya is offering a job to former Iraqi information minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, whose dubious daily briefings during the U.S.-led war won him a cult following.

Ali al-Hadethi, supervisor of the Dubai-based channel, said Sahaf, who is not on Washington’s list of 55 most wanted Iraqis, was welcome to join the network as a commentator. “We want to benefit from the experience of Mr. Sahaf and his analysis of the current situation and the future of Iraq.”

An Arabic newspaper reported, meanwhile, that Sahaf was holed up with his aunt in Baghdad and wanted the Americans to arrest and protect him.

Sahaf, with his trademark beret, built up a worldwide following as his daily briefings departed more and more from reality.

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