Skip to comments.IRAQ'S WEAPONS IN SYRIA: SENIOR SYRIAN JOURNALIST
Posted on 10/28/2004 5:00:58 AM PDT by RaceBannon
A senior Syrian journalist reports Iraq WMD located in three Syrian sites
06 January, 2004
Nizar Nayuf (Nayyouf-Nayyuf), a Syrian journalist who recently defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for bravely challenging the Syrian regime, said in a letter Monday, January 5, to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, that he knows the three sites where Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) are kept. The storage places are:
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-1- Tunnels dug under the town of al-Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria. These tunnels are an integral part of an underground factory, built by the North Koreans, for producing Syrian Scud missiles. Iraqi chemical weapons and long-range missiles are stored in these tunnels.
-2- The village of Tal Snan, north of the town of Salamija, where there is a big Syrian air force camp. Vital parts of Iraq's WMD are stored there.
-3-. The city of Sjinsjar on the Syrian border with the Lebanon, south of Homs city.
Nayouf writes that the transfer of Iraqi WMD to Syria was organized by the commanders of Saddam Hussein's Special Republican Guard, including General Shalish, with the help of Assif Shoakat , Bashar Assad's cousin. Shoakat is the CEO of Bhaha, an import/export company owned by the Assad family.
In February 2003, a month before America's invasion in Iraq, very few are aware about the efforts to bring the Weapons of Mass Destruction from Iraq to Syria, and the personal involvement of Bashar Assad and his family in the operation. Nayouf, who has won prizes for journalistic integrity, says he wrote his letter because he has terminal cancer.
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First messages from a Syrian Source, WMD Location "Dear Nizar.
We received confirmations that the Iraqi weapons, which were moved to Syria by the help of General Zoul-Himla Chalich are now hidden in three places inside Syria:
First place: a tunnel dug in the mountain close to the Al-Baïdah village, which is roughly two kilometers from Misyaf village. This place is under the 489 Safety cipher Documents' office control .
Second place: the factory of the Air Armed Forces in the village of Tal Sinan, between the town of Hama and Salamiyyah. This factory is under the Air Force control.
Third place: the location of Shinsar, 40 kilometers south of Homs, two kilometers east of the Homs - Damascus road. There are underground tunnels there, controlled by Brigade 661 of the armed air Forces. It is a Brigade of air Patrol. The tunnels are several tens of meters deep.
The weapons were transported in large wooden cases and barrels, under the supervision of the General Zoul-Himla Chalich and the son of his brother Assef, who works at Al-Bachaer company.
The company is owned by the Assad family and has offices in Beirut, Damascus and Baghdad.
This company also undertook the illegal Iraqi oil importation in Syria, and supplied weapons to Saddam. I will try to send you all the new information as i get .
Take care and be safe."
Second Message to Nizar Nayuf
Second messages from a Syrian Source, WMD Location "Dear Nizar.
I have sent you another chart of the positions which tells where the weapons which were sent from Iraq into Syria, are hidden. Because the preceding chart that I sent you earlier is not clear.
Until now, the authorities in Syria did not worry of what was being published by the Dutch television news about this subject.
New information: The weapons were evacuated by the means of ambulances. Mohammed Mansoura also took part in the operation.
There are other serious, detailed pieces of information concerning the money of Saddam being moved into Syria and into Lebanon and those who took part in moving it - Syrians and Lebanese.Also there are more details about the assassination of the General Moustapha Tajer which took place last summer.
Take care of yourself.
Damascus, January 7, 2004."
More evidence indicating John Kerry is not qualified to be President.
Has anyone anywhere heard anything from this journalist since January????
The New York Times & CBS will twist themselves into pretzels trying to spin this.
I think his name is spelled with a "u", Nayouf.
No, they will ignore it. Doncha know, if it isn't in the NY Slimes, it never happened.
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Syria WMD Programs Locations
Overview of the Middle East with Syria in the center
Al Safir SCUD Base and Weapons Depot, Syria
Tactical Pilotage Chart with NIMA CIB imagery overlay showing the general location of the Al Safir SCUD base
Tactical Pilotage Chart with NIMA CIB imagery overlay showing Al Safir
Russian 1:200,00 Map of the Al Safir chemical weapons plant and storage area as of 1980
The CW plant and storage area in the western canyon are visible. The munitions storage area would not be detected until 1987. Work on the underground SCUD base would not be visible until 1995. Completion of the Tunnel complex and the SCUD support base was detected in the July 2002 Digital Globe image
Russian 1:50,000 Map of the Al Safir Scud base as of 1987
Syrian 1:50,000 Map as of 1994. The omission of the facility from the Syrian government's map is a sure indicator that the facility is of military nature
Digital Globe image taken on 30 July 2002 of the Al Safir CW plant and SCUD base. Al Safir is protected by an SA-2 SAM battery
Overview of the probable SCUD support base and underground facility. A munitions storage area lies to the right
Close-up of the munitions storage area. Additional storage bunkers have been added between 1987 and 1995
An Russian-build SA-2 surface-to-air-missile site, defending the storage area and underground facility
Close-up of the SA-2 SAM site with Guideline missiles on launchers, Fan Song Radar, and Control Vans. Cable are visible running from the command van to the launchers
Overview of the Al Safir chemical weapons plant. Expansion took place between 1987 and 1995
This high-voltage sub-station is an indicator of the presence of activity requiring a large volume of electricity. A normal warehouse complex would not require this much energy
These forced-air cooling towers also indicate the presence of an industrial process requiring the disposal of waste heat. Chemical processes for nerve agents produce highly unstable intermediates that react explosively with water. Steam-heating and water cooling must be replaced with special heat-exchange fluids and heating oils that require the use of cooling towers rather than steam vents
The co-location of munitions storage igloos within the security perimeter of the processing facility is an additional indicator of the Chemical weapons nature of this plant
The lower storage igloos were added sometime between 1995 and 2002
The munitions storage area on the right was built sometime between 1980 and 1987. The buildings on the left are probably associated with SCUD missiles deployed underground and were built after 1995.
These storage igloos are located at a separate facility, which was built between 1980 and 1987
Between 1995 and 2002 an Underground Facility (UGF) was built as well as above-ground support facilities, possibly to house SCUD-D missiles Syria reportedly acquired in 19XX.
These buildings were built after 1995 and are probably associated with SCUD missiles housed underground. The large building measures 30 x 130 meters
A probable command and control facility, located near the tunnel entrances to an underground facility where the Weapons of Mass Destruction are hidden.
The Tunnel entrances are protected by the box canyon walls, from direct attack from precision-guided munitions. Each of the three tunnel portals is more than wide enough to accommodate the Soviet-build MAZ-543 transporter for the SCUD missile
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a must read account
I haven't heard anything about him since the WMD locales was published in Drudge in January/Feb. The media, of course, didn't touch it. As for Nayuf...this article I found on Google explains a lot about his "disappearance."
Even though it predates his WMD article, it does give evidence as to the risks he took to publish. Notice WHICH country brands him a liar and false newsman!
Syria: IFJ accuses Syria of 'vendetta' against exiled journalist's family
by: BBC news on 6/6/2003
Text of International Federation of Journalists press release on 3 June
The International Federation of Journalists has called on the authorities in Syria to end the harassment of the family of exiled journalist and human rights activist Nizar Nayuf. The journalist's father and brothers have lost their jobs, and have been told they must denounce their brother and his statements.
Nizar Nayuf, a Syrian national, lives in France after being freed from prison in 2001, after serving nine years on charges of disseminating 'false' information. He is threatened with arrest should he return. Nayuf is secretary-general of the Arab Organization for the Defence of Expression and Press Freedom, and has been outspoken in his criticism of the authorities over the conditions for press freedom in the country.
The persecution of his family in Syria has been stepped up he spoke on the Al-Jazeera TV network in July 2001 about a massacre he witnessed in the Tadmur prison. 'This is an appalling case of a vendetta being carried out by a spiteful and intolerant regime against innocent family members,' said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. 'The Syrian authorities should provide protection and security for all of its citizens and not allow the systematic persecution of relatives because they resent Mr Nayuf being beyond their reach.'
Nizar Nayuf's father has been dismissed from his position as village chief and three of his brothers Amjad, Mamduh and Salah have lost their jobs, making their financial situation very difficult. Their requests to be reinstated in their positions have been met with demands that Nizar Nayuf must return to Syria and face arrest. A fourth brother, Hayyan, was attacked recently at the university where he studies English literature. The family has been told Hayyan will not be allowed to graduate later this year, and Mamduh will not receive his masters' degree in economy unless they renounce their brother.
'When a journalist's family is attacked like this it demonstrates a deep-seated intolerance and lack of respect for freedom of expression as well as profound unfairness and injustice,' says the IFJ.
The Federation, which represents around 500,000 journalists in 100 countries, says the persecution of the Nayuf family should stop immediately.
From watching the CNN news this morning you would think that we were operating with a 24 hour time warp. There is no mention of the weapons leaving BEFORE we werre "allowed" to arrive in Bagdad.
The stupid electorate probably has no clue as to the truth if Kerry and the MSM continue to cover up this story. Time will tell.
If this is fully exposed, Kerry should go down in flames!
I seem to remember an Israeli report before the war that they saw the trucks leaving for Syria...anybody else remember this?
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Saddam Hussein periodically removed guards on the Syrian border and replaced them with his own intelligence agents who supervised the movement of banned materials between the two countries, U.S. investigators have discovered.
The recent discovery by the Bush administration's Iraq Survey Group (ISG) is fueling speculation, but is not proof, that the Iraqi dictator moved prohibited weapons of mass destruction (WMD) into Syria before the March 2003 invasion by a U.S.-led coalition.
Two defense sources told The Washington Times that the ISG has interviewed Iraqis who told of Saddam's system of dispatching his trusted Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) to the border, where they would send border inspectors away.
The shift was followed by the movement of trucks in and out of Syria suspected of carrying materials banned by U.N. sanctions. Once the shipments were made, the agents would leave and the regular border guards would resume their posts.
"If you leave it to border guards, then the border guards could stop the trucks and extract their 10 percent, just like the mob would do," said a Pentagon official who asked not to be named. "Saddam's family was controlling the black market, and it was a good opportunity for them to make money."
Sources said Saddam and his family grew rich from this black market and personally dispatched his dreaded intelligence service to the border to make sure the shipments got through. The ISG is a 1,400-member team organized by the Pentagon and CIA to hunt for Saddam's suspected stockpiles of WMD, such as chemical and biological agents. So far, the search has failed to find such stockpiles, which were the main reason for President Bush ordering the invasion of Iraq to remove Saddam.
But there is evidence of unusually heavy truck traffic into Syria in the days before the attack, and with it, speculation that some of the trucks contained the banned weapons. "Of course, it's always suspicious," the Pentagon official said.
The source said the ISG has confirmed the practice of IIS agents going to the border. Investigators also have heard from Iraqi sources that this maneuver was done days before the war at a time of brisk cross-border movements.
That particular part of the disclosures has not been positively confirmed, the officials said, although it dovetails with Saddam's system of switching guards at a time when contraband was shipped.
The United States spotted the heavy truck traffic via satellite imagery before the war. But spy cameras cannot look through truck canopies, and the ISG has not been able to determine whether any weapons were sent to Syria for hiding.
In an interview in October, retired Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr., who heads the U.S. agency that processes and analyzes satellite imagery, said he thinks that Saddam's underlings hid banned weapons of mass destruction before the war.
"I think personally that those below the senior leadership saw what was coming, and I think they went to some extraordinary lengths to dispose of the evidence," said Gen. Clapper, who heads the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. "I'll call it an 'educated hunch.' "
He added, "I think probably in the few months running up prior to the onset of combat that I think there was probably an intensive effort to disperse into private homes, move documentation and materials out of the country. I think there are any number of things that they would have done."
Of activity on the Syrian border, Gen. Clapper said, "There is no question that there was a lot of traffic, increase in traffic up to the immediate onset of combat and certainly during Iraqi Freedom. ... The obvious conclusion one draws is the sudden upturn, uptick in traffic which may have been people leaving the scene, fleeing Iraq and unquestionably, I'm sure, material as well."
He also said, "Based on what we saw prior to the onset of hostilities, we certainly felt there were indications of WMD activity. ... Actually knowing what is going on inside a building is quite a different thing than, say, this facility may well be a place where there may be WMD." The Iraq Survey Group, which periodically briefs senior officials and Congress, is due to deliver its next report in September. In addition to interviewing hundreds of Iraqis, the ISG has collected and cataloged millions of pages of documents, not all of which have been fully examined.
Although Syria and Iraq competed for influence in the region, they shared the same Ba'athist socialist ideology and maintained close ties at certain government levels. The United States accused Syria during the war of harboring some of Saddam's inner circle.
I suspect Drudge and Rush will begin to ignite it hopefully. Just read a post indicating that most Americans get their news from the Internet. That's a good sign for the good guys.
Looks like you have the intended target and the location of said target. Now all we need is someone to deliver the strike.
More on the prearious life style of Nayuf...the guy could write a personalized James Bond scenario:
Source robbed after claiming WMD in Syria
Journalist speculates French security agents behind daytime theft
I also seem to recall some Russians getting shot up near the Iraq/Syria border.
Ditto!!..remember that too!!
Supposedly there is some sattelite imagery to back it up...but it hasn't been released.
Exactly. He's said that he'll cancel the weapons we're developing to take these underground facilities out.....
Someone to call an Air Strike???
"cxcxcxcxcxcxc...Whiskey Three Alpha, I have a TAR, are you ready to copy?"
"Roger, send your traffic, over"
"Roger, Line 1, ALPHA"
"Line 2, Alpha FAC"
"Line 3 Alpha"
"Line 4, figures to follow: Whiskey Xray niner three zero four...four three five niner"
"Line 5, 20 FOX 4's with MARK 84's...."
"Contact FAC on Button Blue, Whiskey three Alpha out!"
This sounds a lot like "the dog ate my homework." The guy, an experienced reporter from a country that doesn't like reporters, didn't have smarts enough to figure out that backup copies stored off-site might be a good idea?
I seem to remember Secretary Powell showing satellite photo's to either Congress or the UN which showed a convoy of some 1400 vehicles heading for Syria just prior to our invasion.
Great Report to read as I watch the commercial for FarenHYPE9/11 on Fox News Channel.
Just as I got to the
Maps of Syria, I looked up to see Michael Moore saying:
........"There were no Weapons of Mass Destruction!...
........... There were no Weapons of Mass Destruction!"
Now that is a nice October surprise.
John Loftus has been saying for over a year that the Dem's should not make WMD's an issue. I guess we know why now.
Most interesting article here.
Thanks for the ping.
I wonder if these are the WMDs removed by the $oddomite.
It is hard to believe that the Russians would trust the Syrians re not sharing the WMDS with Islamofascists who hate the Russians.
Let's get on the ball RNC! Bump!
BUNKER BUSTER TIME!!!!!!
Seems to me I recall reading about a lot of traffic out of Iraq and into Syria about this time. Interesting article anyway.
Er ah, Kerry didn't get the memo.
Found on anothere thread-
"Flashback: Russian convoy fired on in Iraq
32 posted on 10/27/2004 10:18:17 PM EDT by jimbo123"
Weapons in Syria ping ... ties to the explosive Qaqaa story:
"If this is fully exposed, Kerry should go down in flames!"
When might that be? Some time next September? Nothing is going to happen with any of these stories that will take him down before next Tuesday. After that, the big story is likely to be about the discontent domestically.
That's why we need the 'bunker buster' bomb under development.
Thanks for keeping this thing and article on the burner. This information is certainly more "credible than than the Kerry NYTimes Story!
Important read backhoe's reply in:http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1259767/posts
Suspect Russians helped Saddam get those WMDs and explosives out of Iraq to Syria.
"...some 1400 vehicles heading for Syria just prior to our invasion."
That wasn't a convoy of WMD, they were just hauling out Saddam's savings account.(Now being used to fund terrorist activities against U.S. coalition troops in Iraq)
That source would be www.debka.com...
See post # 42. It was CNN.com