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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"But they were only low-yield." Nothing to see here. Move along now.
Maybe Saddam inadvertantly brought them home in his socks and then lost them.
This is huge!!! This is pegging my "Holyshi+ Meter".
I don't buy it. Nobody thought Iraq had working nuclear warheads.
DNC.. Oh please, they're old nukes from the 80's. Nothing to see here.
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.
Well the UN arms inspectors have been invited back, odd coincidence that both events would happen at the same time.
Time for Fox News to breathlessly report that this may be "the smoking gun"...for the 1,083rd time since March 2003.
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.
The UN arms inspectors were just invited back...
But will ABCNNBCBS run the story?
Oh, the media will pick up on it, the week after the election.
"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."
Leftist: "But he couldn't fire them from a bunker!"
do you have a link or the translation yet?
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.
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?