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UPDATED: Iraqi paper reports discovery of nuclear warheads
Al Sabah (Iraqi paper) / Wash Times ^ | 21 July, 2004 | Al Sabah

Posted on 07/20/2004 11:14:11 PM PDT by propertius

Edited on 07/21/2004 11:16:05 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Update from Wash Times:

A U.S. military spokesman in Tikrit told United Press International that the report was untrue. "Nothing's been found. The report is not factual," said Master Sgt. Robert Cowens, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division...

A spokesman with Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's office told UPI that the report concerning the alleged missiles and warheads emerged "while gathering information for Saddam Hussein's tribunal" during the interrogation of a captured former official of Saddam's regime.


Al Sabah, the Iraqi newspaper funded by the Coalition Provisional Authority, reports on its front page this morning that a former senior Ba'ath party activist has led coalition troops to three nuclear warheads hidden in a bunker.

Will post translation when we have it.



To: All

Here is story in full:

Headline: Khidhur (or Khidhir) al-Douri, back from the dead, reveals three nuclear missiles

Sources in the Interior ministry and the National Security Advisor's Office refused to comment on news reports that three missiles with nuclear warheads had been seized during the arrest of Khidhur al-Douri, the former Ba'ath party member.

Iraqi political sources, who requested anonimity, inisisted that Iraqi security authorities arrested al-Douri and seized the missiles.

The same sources told al-Sabah that al-Douri, who held meany Ba'ath party positions during the former regime, was falsely pronounced dead on its demise. Forged death certificates had been circulated.

He was arrested in an area between Oja and al-Dour, in Salahidine province.

The same sources said three missiles were found with nuclear heads attached in a tunnel six metres underground.

A cement layer six metres thick had been built over the tunnel to hide it from scientific ray detection that could detect the radiation emitted by the nuclear heads.

The tunnel leading to the three missiles is connected to a small hole that opens out on the main road between Ouja and Dour.

The sources said al-Douri was arrested after sending an email, specifying the location and a meeting place in Tikrit.

Authorities analysed the message. Iraqi forces then moved into the area, laying a trap that snared al-Douri and his son.

Al-Douri then revealed the location of the missiles. Various light weapons and money was also seized during the operation.

ENDS

171 posted on 07/21/2004 12:00:20 AM PDT by propertius
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1 posted on 07/20/2004 11:14:13 PM PDT by propertius
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To: propertius

This could be interesting...


2 posted on 07/20/2004 11:15:35 PM PDT by scott7278 (Kerry/Edwards: More Affordable Hair Care for America)
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To: propertius

Your shi+ing me?


3 posted on 07/20/2004 11:15:45 PM PDT by dila813
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To: propertius

gee,that is scary. If that is correct and becomes public, well...

The economy may hiccup from sudden fright.

And Kerry?

Toast


4 posted on 07/20/2004 11:16:19 PM PDT by Robert Taylor
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To: Robert Taylor

I can hear the Left now:

"But he didn't use them!"


5 posted on 07/20/2004 11:17:24 PM PDT by scott7278 (Kerry/Edwards: More Affordable Hair Care for America)
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To: Robert Taylor
NY Time Headline

Clinton legacy dead!


6 posted on 07/20/2004 11:17:47 PM PDT by dila813
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To: propertius

Hey, are you the guy that fed us the Alex Polier in Nairobi exclusive?


7 posted on 07/20/2004 11:17:54 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: propertius

Is this our "Smoking Gun" or better yet "Smoking Nukes"?


8 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:01 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: propertius

This could be seriesly hugh!!


9 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:06 PM PDT by vger (asta la vista earthlinks!)
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To: propertius

How credible is Al Sabah?


10 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:15 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: propertius; Dog

If this should prove true, then this will have been a VERY bad week for the 'rats.


11 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:21 PM PDT by kayak (Help stamp out FReepathons. Become a monthly donor.)
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To: propertius

Let's get real here... What's Arabic for horse****?


12 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:23 PM PDT by Timm
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To: Robert Taylor
I hope its true and then again I hope its not true....

I know where I would like to shove these warheads, though....(Oh, Sandy....OH SANDY)

13 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:25 PM PDT by cherry
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To: propertius

Well, gee, that would be news. But, say, haven't we seen about a few hundred breathless posts about the discovery of large caches of WMD that turn out to be nothing?


14 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:26 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: propertius

The Trouser/Socks-gate and now this!....if it is true.

My cup is overflowing.

ScaniaBoy


15 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:35 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: propertius

Doesn't count. No stockpiles-no WMDs.


16 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:43 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Do Chernobyl restaurants serve Curied chicken?)
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To: dila813

.....BUSH LEGACY ENSURED!!!


17 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:43 PM PDT by dila813
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To: scott7278
I can hear the Left now: "But he didn't use them!"

Right. "But his missiles could only go 93 miles."

-PJ

18 posted on 07/20/2004 11:18:53 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Sandy Berger was just having a premature redactulation.)
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To: propertius
http://www.alsabaah.com/

The "English" link currently contains yesterday's edition.

19 posted on 07/20/2004 11:19:14 PM PDT by HAL9000
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Eh, I doubt it... I bet this is the last we will hear of it, with no further updates...


20 posted on 07/20/2004 11:19:22 PM PDT by oolatec
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To: propertius

"But they were only low-yield." Nothing to see here. Move along now.


21 posted on 07/20/2004 11:19:27 PM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: propertius

Maybe Saddam inadvertantly brought them home in his socks and then lost them.


22 posted on 07/20/2004 11:19:32 PM PDT by dano1
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To: dila813

23 posted on 07/20/2004 11:19:36 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: propertius

This is huge!!! This is pegging my "Holyshi+ Meter".


24 posted on 07/20/2004 11:19:59 PM PDT by Heff ("Liberty is not America's gift to the world, it's the Almighty's gift to humanity" GW Bush 4/12/04)
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To: Robert Taylor

I don't buy it. Nobody thought Iraq had working nuclear warheads.

Prototypes, perhaps?


25 posted on 07/20/2004 11:20:10 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: propertius

DNC.. Oh please, they're old nukes from the 80's. Nothing to see here.


26 posted on 07/20/2004 11:20:14 PM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: ambrose

yes. But let's wait to see what happens on this. All the major agencies must have seen al sabah this morning, so wonder why no-one touching it yet. Maybe a lot of people chasing it up, but it could be a load of codswallop too.


27 posted on 07/20/2004 11:20:18 PM PDT by propertius
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To: propertius

Well the UN arms inspectors have been invited back, odd coincidence that both events would happen at the same time.


28 posted on 07/20/2004 11:20:39 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: propertius

Time for Fox News to breathlessly report that this may be "the smoking gun"...for the 1,083rd time since March 2003.


29 posted on 07/20/2004 11:21:16 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Terrorist attacks ain't caused by the use of strength. They're invited by the perception of weakness)
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To: conservative in nyc

That's the thing. Some would say not, because of its close links to the coalition and U.S. funding. But then again with links like that it could get the story first.


30 posted on 07/20/2004 11:21:38 PM PDT by propertius
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To: propertius

The UN arms inspectors were just invited back...


31 posted on 07/20/2004 11:21:44 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: propertius

BTTT!

But will ABCNNBCBS run the story?


32 posted on 07/20/2004 11:21:49 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: oolatec

Oh, the media will pick up on it, the week after the election.


33 posted on 07/20/2004 11:21:55 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Choose Ye This Day
Only when Rita Cosby has sources.

-PJ

34 posted on 07/20/2004 11:22:13 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Sandy Berger was just having a premature redactulation.)
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To: Timm
What's Arabic for horse****?

H'lahrri

35 posted on 07/20/2004 11:22:20 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Do Chernobyl restaurants serve Curied chicken?)
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To: July 4th

"We could never get the yellowcake to bake just right. It kept collapsing in the middle when Uday would body slam a peasant on the floor."


36 posted on 07/20/2004 11:23:12 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day (Terrorist attacks ain't caused by the use of strength. They're invited by the perception of weakness)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Leftist: "But he couldn't fire them from a bunker!"


37 posted on 07/20/2004 11:23:20 PM PDT by scott7278 (Kerry/Edwards: More Affordable Hair Care for America)
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To: propertius

do you have a link or the translation yet?


38 posted on 07/20/2004 11:23:29 PM PDT by vger (asta la vista earthlinks!)
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To: weegee

UN 'to detail lack of Iraqi WMDs'

Inspectors from the United Nations nuclear agency are to go to Iraq to "draft the final report on the absence of weapons of mass destruction" there.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3910915.stm


39 posted on 07/20/2004 11:23:45 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: propertius

This will need verification and authentication.

Nuclear warheads in Iraq would be the story of the decade, and frankly the notion that this could be true raises more questions than it answers.

Like, where the sam hill did they come from?


40 posted on 07/20/2004 11:23:59 PM PDT by John Valentine ("The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein)
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To: All

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/specialreports/iraq/s_204373.html

U.N. inspectors prepare to return to Iraq within days



By The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 21, 2004


CAIRO -- U.N. inspectors will return to Iraq in the coming days following an official invitation from the new government, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Tuesday.
Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Cairo that Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari had formally asked his agency to return.

The inspectors, who will continue their work to ensure that Iraq complies with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, will leave as soon as safety arrangements have been made, agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said from IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. ElBaradei estimated they would depart in the next few days.

The inspectors will go to the Tuwaitha facility, 12 miles south of Baghdad, where they will "do an inventory verification on the nuclear material remaining in Iraq," Fleming added.





Besides safeguards inspectors, the agency also had weapons inspectors in Iraq who searched for nuclear weapons under a mandate issued by the U.N. Security Council. Those inspectors left just before the war began in 2003.

"The return of U.N. inspectors to Iraq is an urgent necessity; not to search for weapons of mass destruction, but to write the final report about the nonexistence of (such) weapons ... in Iraq, which will enable the lifting of sanctions," ElBaradei said in Cairo.


41 posted on 07/20/2004 11:24:31 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: Our man in washington

My fellow patriots:

We have all missed the obvious here:

The outcome of this story is the same for the left in any case.

Case one, it doesn't pan out

Case two, its true.

In either case the leftist howl-a-bots will proclaim to all

ITS BUSH'S FAULT!


42 posted on 07/20/2004 11:24:43 PM PDT by Robert Taylor
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To: weegee; oolatec

The timing of the find will be called suspicious.


43 posted on 07/20/2004 11:25:21 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Do Chernobyl restaurants serve Curied chicken?)
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To: propertius

I hope they find them and take pitures of the WMDs!


44 posted on 07/20/2004 11:25:37 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: HAL9000

notice how the online newspaper has the year as 2003? Im thinking this is crap


45 posted on 07/20/2004 11:25:50 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: propertius
Propertius, did you read it in Arabic, or did you hear about it some other way?

You Kenyans always seem to be in the know.

46 posted on 07/20/2004 11:25:52 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: John Valentine
Like, where the sam hill did they come from?

Why do you think Berger was destroying documents at such a feverish pitch?

47 posted on 07/20/2004 11:25:57 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: scott7278
"But he needs double authenticity to launch, and his sons had the other key, and Bush killed his sons."

-PJ

48 posted on 07/20/2004 11:26:25 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Sandy Berger was just having a premature redactulation.)
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To: Our man in washington

"Nobody thought Iraq had working nuclear warheads."

Nobody thought North Korea had them, either.

That being said, I don't buy it either. Oh, to be wrong.


49 posted on 07/20/2004 11:26:28 PM PDT by calenel (Peace Through Strength, and when necessary, Peace Through Victory!)
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To: kayak

No kidding! LOL


50 posted on 07/20/2004 11:26:40 PM PDT by nopardons
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