MARCH 16, 2003 : (LONDON TIMES DESCRIPTION OF THE NIGER DOCS [THEY WOULD SHORTLY BE FOLLOWED BY THE WASHPO]) The only specific, earlier [than the Washington Post's March 22, 2003] mention of these details is in a March 16, 2003 London Times. I can't find an actual IAEA statement stating these details.---41 posted on 07/17/2004 7:44:47 PM PDT by Shermy
MARCH 18, 2003 : (RUSSIAN REPORT IN REPLY TO US REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION ON ALLEGED ILLICIT SALES OF PROHIBITED ITEMS TO IRAQ - see IGOR IVANOV) But Igor Ivanov, the Russian foreign minister, said: "We did not send any goods, including military ones, that violated the sanctions." He said that from October, the US had requested reports on the alleged illicit sales several times, and that Russia had made its most recent report on 18 March.- "Missiles find in chemical plant," by GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN AND PAUL GALLAGHER, The Scotsman, March 25, 2003
Russia had made its most recent report on 18 March.
I believe their technicians were still in Iraq at that point. Oh, heck, who cares about such trivial details?
18 posted on 03/24/2003 5:47 PM PST by livius
MARCH 18, 2003 : (UN PULLS ITS STAFF OUT OF IRAQ) --- "U.S. troops sweep through Tikrit : U.S.: Mobile chem-bio labs found," CNN, Monday, April 14, 2003 Posted: 1:14 PM EDT (1714 GMT)
MARCH 18, 2003 : (BUSH GIVES HUSSEIN 48 HOUR ULTIMATUM : IN UK, MORE RESIGNATIONS, PARLIAMENT ENDORSES ATTACK) In a televised address at 0100GMT, Mr Bush gives Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq or face invasion. During the course of the day, British government ministers John Denham and Lord Hunt resign in protest, along with four government aides. In the evening parliament holds a debate over military action in Iraq. The government's motion endorsing an attack is passed by 412 to 149, although the number of rebel Labour MPs voting for an anti-war amendment rises to 139, up from 122 three weeks ago. Bush gives Saddam and his sons 48 hours to leave Iraq - http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/page/0,12438,793802,00.html.
MARCH 19, 2003 : (WAR : US DECAPITATION STRIKE ON IRAQI LEADER HUSSEIN)
MARCH 20, 2003 : (BATTLE OF IRAQ : US INVASION OF IRAQ) - "French link to UK's Iraq intelligence," From correspondents in London, news.com.au, July 14, 2003, http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,6749154%5E1702,00.html
MARCH 20, 2003 : (US GOVERNMENT TAPS ABDULRAHMAN ALAMOUDI'S PHONE -- See ALAMOUDI CLAN) ...On March 20, 2003, pursuant to court order, the government installed a Dialed Number Recorder (DNR) and Caller ID equipment on (703) *** - ****, a residential hard-line subscribed to by Abdurahman Alamoudi, and located at --- , Falls Church, Virginia. On July 5, 2003, there was one call made from (703) *** - **** to (917) *** - ****, which is subscribed to by the Libyan Mission to the United Nations, Financial Attaché Office, New York, New York. Subsequent searches of Alamoudis Palm Pilot, which was seized from the premises of 3606 Forest Drive, Suite B, Falls Church, Virginia on March 20, 2002, indicated (917) *** - **** was the cell phone of Abuzaid Omar Dorda, then Libyan Ambassador to the United Nations. ...------- 14 posted on 10/01/2003 2:31:24 AM PDT by seamole
MARCH 20, 2003 : (RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN DENOUNCES US WAR IN IRAQ) On March 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led "aggression" against Iraq as "unwarranted" and "unjustifiable." Three days later, Pravda said that an anonymous Russian "military expert" was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since. - "Russian Collusion in Iraq," By Ion Mihai Pacepa, Washington Times , August 22, 2003
MARCH 20, 2003 : (CUBAN CRACKDOWN ON DISSIDENTS ; CUBA USES OF COALITION WAR ON IRAQ AS COVER) Locals watch police drive away with Cuban dissident and independent journalist Raul Rivero, after his arrest in his neighborhood of Central Havana on Thursday, March 20, 2003. Fidel Castro's government rounded up more of its critics on Thursday, part of a mushrooming crackdown spurred by allegations of dissidents conspiring with U.S. diplomats.- from caption on AP Photo/Cristobal Herrera
MARCH 21, 2003 : (VENEZUELAN AIR FORCE PLANES ENTER COLUMBIAN AIRSPACE TO AID FARC TERRORISTS IN THEIR WAR AGAINST COLUMBIA [AND THE US]) - "Report: Venezuela aids Colombian FARC rebels," by Martin Arostegui, UPI , 9/10/2003
MARCH 23, 2003 : (RUSSIAN NEWSPAPER PRAVDA SOURCE CLAIMS THE US WOULD FAKE THE FINDING OF IRAQI WMD - see IGOR IVANOV) Three days later [after Russian President Putin denounced US-led "aggression" against Iraq], Pravda said that an anonymous Russian "military expert" was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since - "Russian Collusion in Iraq," By Ion Mihai Pacepa, Washington Times , August 22, 2003
[* My note: This is the same claim made by Ray McGovern of VIPS]
MARCH 23, 2003 Sunday : (NY TIMES ARTICLE BY JAMES RISEN CLAIMS THE BUSH ADMIN 'PRESSURED' THE CIA TO SLANT THEIR INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS ACCORDING TO "COMPLAINTS AMONG ANALYSTS AT THE CIA" ; RISEN DOESN'T NAME A SINGLE SOURCE FOR HIS INFO, AND GOES OUT OF HIS WAY TO CLAIM THE DOCUMENTS WERE NOT FORGED BY THE CIA OR "ANY OTHER UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AGENCY" -- See ROCKEFELLER TREASON MEMO, VIPS)
MARCH 24, 2003 : (INDIANA : ATTEMPTED HIJACKING OF GASOLINE TANKER) Sources say the incident is being reviewed by the Justice Department which recently received intelligence from Al-Qaeda members suggesting that terrorists are targeting fuel tankers and gas stations that could be used in attacks against the US.
Officials say, "Since 9-11 we're looking at particular industries and threats and the fact that it's a fuel tanker completely loaded with gas adds to the interest in this case." - "Man Attempts to Hijack Fuel Tanker in Indiana," by Chris Proffitt/Eyewitness News , WTHR , 03/25/03
MARCH 24, 2003 : (RUSSIA TRIES TO DISMISS CLAIMS IT HAD SUPPLIED IRAQ WITH ANTI-TANK GUIDED MISSILES, NIGHT-VISION GOGGLES AND JAMMING DEVICES IN VIOLATION OF UN SANCTIONS) The issue of who supplied Iraq with weapons became increasingly heated yesterday [March 24], as Russia dismissed claims from the United States that it had illicitly supplied Saddam with arms. The US claims Russian companies sent anti-tank guided missiles, night-vision goggles and jamming devices to Iraq, in violation of United Nations sanctions.
George Bush, the US president, raised the issue with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in a phone call yesterday, according to the White House spokesman, Ari Fleischer.
But Igor Ivanov, the Russian foreign minister, said: "We did not send any goods, including military ones, that violated the sanctions." He said that from October, the US had requested reports on the alleged illicit sales several times, and that Russia had made its most recent report on 18 March.- "Missiles find in chemical plant," by GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN AND PAUL GALLAGHER, The Scotsman, March 25, 2003
MARCH 24?, 2003 : (IRAQ : UK SOLDIERS FIND WEAPONS CACHE, INCLUDING TWO RUSSIAN AL-HARITH ANTISHIP CRUISE MISSILES AT AN AIRPORT SOUTH OF BASRA) ... soldiers with the Black Watch discovered a cache of weapons, including two Russian al-Harith anti-ship cruise missiles, at the Az Zubayr civilian heliport south of Basra. The British defence company whose products were also discovered in the cache has denied selling any products to Iraq. Wallop Defence Systems, of Middle Wallop, Hampshire, said the "weapons", described as fuses for detonators, were probably smoke grenades stolen by Iraq 13 years ago. - "Missiles find in chemical plant," by GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN AND PAUL GALLAGHER, The Scotsman, March 25, 2003
MARCH 25?, 2003 : (REPORT : SUSPECTED SCUD MISSILES FOUND IN DIRHAMAIYAH PETRO-CHEMICAL PLANT) EXPERTS are examining suspected Scud missiles discovered by British soldiers searching a chemical plant outside Basra. A number of the grey-painted rockets, about 23ft long, were found in the Dirhamiyah petro-chemical plant close to Iraqs second city. The discovery has raised suspicions that Saddam Hussein was planning to arm the missiles with chemical warheads. British officers say it is difficult to find an innocent explanation for storing missiles in a chemical plant. The find comes a day after soldiers with the Black Watch discovered a cache of weapons, including two Russian al-Harith anti-ship cruise missiles, at the Az Zubayr civilian heliport south of Basra. - "Missiles find in chemical plant," by GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN AND PAUL GALLAGHER, The Scotsman, March 25, 2003*
*To: Libertina: I suspect the involvement of French chemical weapons experts in this. See link to photo taken at scene:
20 posted on 03/24/2003 5:49 PM PST by zook
MARCH 26, 2003 : (IRAQ : RUSSIAN CHEMICAL WARHEADS FOUND WITH LAUNCHER- CHEMICAL WEAPONS SPECIALIST CAPTURED) On March 26th, US troops south of Baghdad claimed to have found Russian chemical warheads with a launcher and a chemical weapons specialist. A reporter with the Third Infantry Division confirmed the incident.  WorldNetDaily.com, March 26, 2003.
MARCH 26, 2003 : (IRAQ : US THIRD INFANTRY FINDS RUSSIAN CHEMICAL WARHEADS) "What I just heard from a highly placed source here is that they've discovered, they've captured chemical warheads, they're Russian, they have Russian writing all over them and they are chemical warheads." -- "Third Infantry Finds Chemical Weapons ," 3/26/03 via 22 posted on 04/27/2004 10:27:31 PM PDT by Fedora
MARCH 26, 2003 : (RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER INSISTS HIS COUNTRY'S FIRMS HAVE NOT VIOLATED SANCTIONS ON IRAQ - see IGOR IVANOV) Russia's foreign minister, Igor Ivanov, was decidely testy yesterday, saying that his country's firms have not violated sanctions on Iraq. "There is no evidence confirming violations by Russian firms of existing sanctions," he stated, before aiming sharp words at the U.S. He has reason to be so defensive. Russia's involvement in the arming of Iraq goes beyond supplying radar-jamming systems and the personnel to maintain them. Moscow has supported Iraq's development of weapons of mass destruction and connived with Baghdad in hiding its role as a main supplier of the materials and know-how to weaponize anthrax, botulism and smallpox. - "The Russian strain," By Robert Goldberg, The Wall Street Journal, 27 March 2003 via the Center for Security Policy, 1920 L Street,N.W., Suite 210, Washington, DC 20036, http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/index.jsp?section=static&page=wsj327.
MARCH 27, 2003 : (BLIX IS RETIRING)
MARCH 28, 2003 : (IRAQ : CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL SHELLS FOUND IN BUNKER WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS PROTECTIONS SUITS) "- "EVIL PROOF," By BRUCE WILSON in London, The Daily Telegraph , 28mar03
Interesting that the BBC report left out the mentions of artillery rounds or warheads. The BBC insinuated that the chemical suits and gas masks were not necessarily "proof".
20 posted on 03/27/2003 5:57 PM PST by Eva
MARCH 31, 2003? : (SEYMOUR HERSH ARTICLE ON BURBA/NIGERDOCS) WHO LIED TO WHOM- (The Original Seymour Hersh Article About Uranium and Niger That Started It All!)
MARCH 31, 2003 : (SEYMOUR HERSH ARTICLE CLAIMS THAT A FORMER CLINTON ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL SAID LONDON WAS SPREADING FALSE INFO ON IRAQ - NOTE SEYMOUR WAS THE REPORTER WHO FIBBED ABOUT THE MASSIVE PARACHUTE-DROP RAID THAT KICKED THINGS OFF IN AFGHANISTAN) In a lengthy New Yorker article (Who lied to whom?) Seymour Hersh writes: "The Bush Administration's reliance on...Niger documents may...have stemmed from more than bureaucratic carelessness or political overreaching. Forged documents and false accusations have been an element in U.S. and British policy toward Iraq at least since the fall of 1997...President Bill Clinton...hinted of renewed bombing, but...the British and...Americans were losing the battle for international public opinion. A former Clinton Administration official told me that London had resorted to...spreading false information about Iraq. The British propaganda program...was known to a few senior officials in Washington. 'I knew that was going on,' the former Clinton Administration official said of the British efforts."
"The chance for American intelligence to challenge the documents came as the Administration debated whether to pass them on to ElBaradei...A former intelligence officer told me that some questions about the authenticity of the Niger documents were raised inside the government by analysts at the Department of Energy and the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. However, these warnings were not heeded."
" 'Somebody deliberately let something false get in there,' the former high-level intelligence official added. 'It could not have gotten into the system without the agency being involved. Therefore it was an internal intention. Someone set someone up.' " - "Set up? Anatomy of the contrived Wilson "scandal", " FreeRepublic thread by Wolfstar, Multiple Sources & links in article , 10/2/03