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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(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
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.
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!
The timing of the find will be called suspicious.
I hope they find them and take pitures of the WMDs!
notice how the online newspaper has the year as 2003? Im thinking this is crap
You Kenyans always seem to be in the know.
Why do you think Berger was destroying documents at such a feverish pitch?
"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.
No kidding! LOL
LOL! I was trying to figure out how to work TrouserGate into this story. Good job. You stuned my beeber.
He won't say, but I believe he's a British reporter. The Brits actually dig for their news. Here, it ain't "news" until Dan Rather says it is news.
You're forgetting the fact that they're in a different time zone.
So does the Arabic....
"He was doing the right thing by hiding them from the other dictators."
What? I said the YEAR is 2003! That has nothing to do with time zone!
*smacks you over the head with a calendar!
Not quite what you're looking for, but I say:
They still only have the Tuesday front page up in PDF
Where did you see this?