Skip to comments.Iraq Official: Saddam Moved WMD to Syria
Posted on 01/26/2006 9:20:54 AM PST by plenipotentiary
Iraq Official: Saddam Moved WMD to Syria
The former number two official in Saddam Hussein's Iraqi air force claims the former Iraqi dictator moved weapons of mass destruction from Iraq to Syria in the months preceding the current Iraq war.
Georges Sada revealed the charges in an interview Wednesday with the New York Sun. They are detailed in his new book, "Saddam’s Secrets.”
"Saddam realized, this time, the Americans are coming," Sada told the Sun. "They handed over the weapons of mass destruction to the Syrians.”
The former Iraqi general said Special Republican Guard brigades loaded WMDs onto two converted Iraqi Airways planes.
He said he was told of the operation by two pilots that helped transport the materials. Sada says 56 flights were made, and were accompanied by a ground convoy of trucks carrying similar materials.
The Sun reports that the flights attracted scant international attention because they occurred at the same time that Iraq was sending relief to Syria for a dam collapse.
Sada’s claims echoed those made by Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s top general in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Yaalon told the Sun in December that Saddam had "transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria.”
According to the Middle East Quarterly, Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon issued a similar warning in a Dec. 23, 2002 television appearance on Israel’s Channel 2.
"Chemical and biological weapons which Saddam is endeavoring to conceal have been moved from Iraq to Syria,” Sharon said.
Together, their claims challenge the conventional wisdom in the United States and Europe that pre-war intelligence estimates were incorrect in suggesting the mass-murdering Iraqi dictator either possessed or was close to possessing WMDs.
Even President Bush has conceded the point, telling Americans in a televised address in December, "It is true that many nations believed that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. But much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong.”
Recent reports by Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard have similarly challenged the conventional wisdom on Saddam’s relationships with al-Qaida.
Hayes is calling for the release of approximately 2 million unclassified documents recovered in Iraq from the Hussein regime. He claims the documents could prove Saddam maintained significant contacts with al-Qaida.
Sada’s and Yaalon’s claims will be even more difficult, if not impossible, to prove, but several U.S. Senators will try to get to the bottom of the claims. Sada is scheduled to meet with Senators Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and James Inhofe, R-Okla., next week. Both are members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
When do you think the NYT will front page this story?
When they can blame it on GWB.
We need to knock on Syria's door, with a nuke, then ask questions!
So let's go to Syria and get rid of these WMDs...
is this a dumb idea?
This make his statements suspect in my mind.
I'd be very leery of an ex-Saddam ANYONE shopping a story around - we got burned believing some of his ex-scientists. Also, the MSM would be bleating about "how could our intelligence have missed that", and "why should we believe them now, blah blah blah...."
What a load of crap.
Even if true, having newsmax run the story completely discredits the report. How many times havethey pulled out that Russian Colonel with the suitcase nuke story to get another new book sold on international terrorism?
If Sada is #2 in the Saddam era Iraqi air force, shouldn't he be in front of a war crimes tribunal? How many interceptors did he order to go up against the no fly zone coalition aircraft, how many missile batteries did he command at air force facilities?
Why would a man who should be in International or Iraqi custody be allowed to publish a book?
The title had me going, until the SnoozeMax link.
The ONLY way anyone will believe Saddam had them is if Saddam admitted it and told us where they were. Even if they found a huge pile of Nukes buried...the MSM would say we planted it.
it was in the New York Post also today
Do you have a link?
Rush is talking about this as I type.
Hey wait! I saw this guy being interviewed by Shaun Hannity last night on TV and heard what he said for myself! This guy was long-time General under Saddam and has the poop on this stuff - the fact that he's meeting with senators is VERY ENCOURAGING!
I always suspected that was what happened. Saddam had lots of time during the time we spent fiddling around with the UN and foreign "leaders," and Syria is a natural choice.
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