Skip to comments.UPDATED: Iraqi paper reports discovery of nuclear warheads
Posted on 07/20/2004 11:14:11 PM PDT by propertiusEdited 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.
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.
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.
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This could be interesting...
Your shi+ing me?
gee,that is scary. If that is correct and becomes public, well...
The economy may hiccup from sudden fright.
I can hear the Left now:
"But he didn't use them!"
Hey, are you the guy that fed us the Alex Polier in Nairobi exclusive?
Is this our "Smoking Gun" or better yet "Smoking Nukes"?
This could be seriesly hugh!!
How credible is Al Sabah?
If this should prove true, then this will have been a VERY bad week for the 'rats.
Let's get real here... What's Arabic for horse****?
I know where I would like to shove these warheads, though....(Oh, Sandy....OH SANDY)
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?
The Trouser/Socks-gate and now this!....if it is true.
My cup is overflowing.
Doesn't count. No stockpiles-no WMDs.
Right. "But his missiles could only go 93 miles."
The "English" link currently contains yesterday's edition.
Eh, I doubt it... I bet this is the last we will hear of it, with no further updates...