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Iraq Official: Saddam Moved WMD to Syria
News Max ^ | Jan 26 2006 | Georges Sada

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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; sada; saddam; syria; wmd; wmdsyria
The truth of this needs to come out if any wide support is to be got for dealing with Iran's WMD
1 posted on 01/26/2006 9:20:55 AM PST by plenipotentiary
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To: plenipotentiary

When do you think the NYT will front page this story?


2 posted on 01/26/2006 9:21:36 AM PST by frankjr
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To: frankjr

Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.


3 posted on 01/26/2006 9:23:11 AM PST by yobid (What we have here is a failure to communicate)
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To: frankjr

When they can blame it on GWB.


4 posted on 01/26/2006 9:23:38 AM PST by Hypervigilant (Iran, you are next.)
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To: plenipotentiary
No news here.
Unless you're a dim-witted, in denial Dem.
5 posted on 01/26/2006 9:23:42 AM PST by grobdriver (Let the embeds check the bodies!)
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To: plenipotentiary
Iraq Official: Saddam Moved WMD to Syria, who in turn forwarded them to Iran......
6 posted on 01/26/2006 9:24:48 AM PST by b4its2late (Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.)
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To: grobdriver

We need to knock on Syria's door, with a nuke, then ask questions!


7 posted on 01/26/2006 9:24:55 AM PST by mmyers
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To: plenipotentiary

So let's go to Syria and get rid of these WMDs...

is this a dumb idea?


8 posted on 01/26/2006 9:26:34 AM PST by peacebaby (gotta go through the hurt to get over the hurt)
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To: plenipotentiary
They are detailed in his new book, "Saddam’s Secrets.”

This make his statements suspect in my mind.

9 posted on 01/26/2006 9:28:57 AM PST by oldleft
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To: plenipotentiary
The truth of this needs to come out if any wide support is to be got for dealing with Iran's WMD

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...."

10 posted on 01/26/2006 9:29:33 AM PST by ziggygrey
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To: plenipotentiary

News Max.

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?


11 posted on 01/26/2006 9:30:27 AM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: plenipotentiary

The title had me going, until the SnoozeMax link.


12 posted on 01/26/2006 9:32:30 AM PST by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: ziggygrey

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.


13 posted on 01/26/2006 9:32:49 AM PST by MadeInAmerica
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To: ARealMothersSonForever

it was in the New York Post also today


14 posted on 01/26/2006 9:33:23 AM PST by revivaljoe
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To: revivaljoe

Do you have a link?


15 posted on 01/26/2006 9:34:36 AM PST by ARealMothersSonForever
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To: plenipotentiary

Rush is talking about this as I type.


16 posted on 01/26/2006 9:35:04 AM PST by lormand (...the wrong person came out of the water that fateful night in Chappaquiddick)
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To: MadeInAmerica

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!


17 posted on 01/26/2006 9:35:22 AM PST by princess leah
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To: plenipotentiary
Plausible to me. This was eluded to during the UN speech that Colin Powell gave. It was brought up from time to time since (various forums), but it was suspected that trucks were used to move the "stuff" to Syria. My gut tells me the pentagon knows this and knows where too.
18 posted on 01/26/2006 9:35:52 AM PST by RLegacy (You say tomato, I say Yuck Fou)
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To: plenipotentiary

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.


19 posted on 01/26/2006 9:35:59 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: lormand

http://www.nysun.com/article/26514p


20 posted on 01/26/2006 9:37:07 AM PST by revivaljoe
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To: peacebaby

Are hands are tied.
If we march in Syria, we will look like an Imperialist country trying to capture the Middle East.
We have bigger fish to fry with Iran getting the bomb.


21 posted on 01/26/2006 9:39:07 AM PST by Stark_GOP
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To: Stark_GOP

Are=Our


22 posted on 01/26/2006 9:39:32 AM PST by Stark_GOP
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To: ziggygrey
I'm with you on that one.

Give it enough time, and you'll find some Iraqi @sshole who insists that those WMDs really, really, really ended up in John Kerry's basement.

23 posted on 01/26/2006 9:39:49 AM PST by Alberta's Child (Leave a message with the rain . . . you can find me where the wind blows.)
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To: princess leah

Princess leah....that would be great if this can get some traction.


24 posted on 01/26/2006 9:39:55 AM PST by MadeInAmerica
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To: plenipotentiary

But, but, there were no weapons of mass destruction. Even if Saddam had used them. Bush lied, people died. Right, Howard? Right, J Effin K? Right, Dingy Harry?


25 posted on 01/26/2006 9:40:54 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: JerseyHighlander

http://www.nysun.com/article/26514


26 posted on 01/26/2006 9:41:21 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Stark_GOP

thanks, oh wise one!


27 posted on 01/26/2006 9:41:23 AM PST by peacebaby (gotta go through the hurt to get over the hurt)
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To: MadeInAmerica

Right. IMO Saddam's two sons knew
where the WMD went...and they received
megabucks for the deal. I doubt
the former ruler will ever admit
anything to anyone about his regime.
In fact, I doubt he's the type of
megalomaniac who would never tell
his own sons the whole truth about
his dealings inside and outside Iraq.



28 posted on 01/26/2006 9:41:47 AM PST by Grendel9 (u)
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To: plenipotentiary

This guy is confirming what has been suspected for a long time. This story makes sense and offers some specifics I had not seen before.


29 posted on 01/26/2006 9:42:09 AM PST by plain talk
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To: plenipotentiary

Anyone know how DU is handling the news that they were very, very wrong... again? :-)


30 posted on 01/26/2006 9:44:00 AM PST by TChris ("Unless you act, you're going to lose your world." - Mark Steyn)
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To: plenipotentiary

Didn't we know this at least two years ago when some Freeper showed maps of Syria where the weapons are reportedly buried?


31 posted on 01/26/2006 9:45:15 AM PST by Paulus Invictus (RATs are terrorist apologists and supporters.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

“Remember, former weapons hunter David Kay said, "We know from some of the interrogations of former Iraqi officials that a lot of material went to Syria before the war, including some components of Saddam's WMD program." Terrorism expert John Loftus said that the terrorists caught entering Jordan probably intended to kill as many as 80,000. "Syria does not make VX nerve gas," says Loftus, "only Saddam Hussein did."”


32 posted on 01/26/2006 9:45:19 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: plenipotentiary

Heck! I figured everything was headed to Syria and the Bekkaa Valley long before the first shots were fired.

A pity this story won't really see the light of day.

Jack.


33 posted on 01/26/2006 9:47:39 AM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Disemboweler of the WFTD Thread)
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To: plenipotentiary

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooo shocked!!!


34 posted on 01/26/2006 9:49:31 AM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than anyone will ever know. He's A++)
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To: plenipotentiary
Not the first time this has been suggested. Originally from The Times but link does not work:

July 2002:

Iraq smuggling nuclear arms parts on aid flights Iraq accused of smuggling nuclear arms parts on aid flights

By Michael Evans, Defence Editor

IRAQ is smuggling nuclear-related equipment banned by the United Nations on board aircraft that have been flying relief aid to Syria, intelligence agencies believe.
Baghdad has sent more than 24 planes to Syria, carrying humanitarian aid to help victims of a dam collapse that flooded villages and agricultural land. The Zeyzoun dam near the town of Idlib, about 220 miles north of Damascus, burst on June 4, killing more than 20 people and leaving about 30,000 homeless.

Intelligence agencies trying to monitor flights in and out of Baghdad believe that the Iraqis took advantage of the disaster to smuggle banned equipment back on the return journey. Some intelligence reports indicate that one of the returning planes was filled with spare parts for sensitive so-called ?low-forming machines?, which are used to produce components for uranium-enrichment systems. Enriched uranium is a key component of nuclear weapons.

More about the dam disaster: Syria: Dam Collapse - IRIN-04: 10-Jun-02

.......Iraq has sent 12 airplanes with food, medicines and blankets, and also dispatched a 12-member medical team.

35 posted on 01/26/2006 9:49:48 AM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: peacebaby
Little ol' me?

p.s. Saudi Arabia would have a cow and we couldn't launch from Iraq with it being so unstable.
36 posted on 01/26/2006 9:50:45 AM PST by Stark_GOP
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To: ScaniaBoy

That part of the story seems correct. There was a lively air traffic from Iraq to Syria June/July 2002.


37 posted on 01/26/2006 9:51:41 AM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Stark_GOP

yes, little ole you...I've not kept up with this situation recently. Am out of touch, therefore, so do appreciate your input.


38 posted on 01/26/2006 9:53:21 AM PST by peacebaby (gotta go through the hurt to get over the hurt)
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I think you all will enjoy my theory...
RandallFlagg: WMDs = Cheese ^
39 posted on 01/26/2006 9:53:54 AM PST by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: JerseyHighlander
"How many times havethey pulled out that Russian Colonel with the suitcase nuke story to get another new book sold on international terrorism"

How true. Remember Sadaam's "bomb-maker" who appeared ad nauseam on Hannity's programs and claimed that Iraq was 6 months (?) away from developing a nuclear bomb?

This story will fizzle away like the others. If there is any substance to this story, the MSM will have no choice but to cover it.

40 posted on 01/26/2006 10:01:59 AM PST by CALawyer
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To: plenipotentiary


This is impossible - the Syrians are a peaceful people, Micheal Moore said so...


41 posted on 01/26/2006 10:14:23 AM PST by Tzimisce
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To: plenipotentiary

We will know for sure when Hammas uses VX against Israel or the Syrians give it to some other terrorist group nto use against the US.


42 posted on 01/26/2006 10:23:23 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: plenipotentiary

Simple question:

WHY WOULD THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION COVER THIS UP?


43 posted on 01/26/2006 10:39:44 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: plenipotentiary

Thanks to the heads up by Road Trip Rockefeller.


44 posted on 01/26/2006 10:44:44 AM PST by marty60
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To: plenipotentiary

Well then - this puts the lie on the Dems once again, as Durbin just said for the umpteenth time that W lied about the WMD's.

How many months did Saddam have from the inspectors leaving til W issued his final ultimatum??? Did he need more than a whole single month to move the WMD's, doubtful.


45 posted on 01/26/2006 10:49:41 AM PST by Marxbites (Freedom is the negation of Govt to the maximum extent possible)
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To: plenipotentiary

bump


46 posted on 01/26/2006 12:05:07 PM PST by kimosabe31
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To: plenipotentiary

Well, well, well. I have a three year case of the a$$ going on here. I'll be on the open posting boards out there tonight. I will be merciless.


47 posted on 01/26/2006 10:09:17 PM PST by bad company (A foolproof plan fails to take in to account the Ingenuity of fools.)
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To: CALawyer
This story will fizzle away like the others. If there is any substance to this story, the MSM will have no choice but to cover it.

Did you mean

...the MSM will have no choice but to cover it up.

48 posted on 01/27/2006 12:10:49 AM PST by kimosabe31
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