Skip to comments.Iraq Official: Saddam Moved WMD to Syria
Posted on 01/26/2006 11:56:46 AM PST by French_for_BushEdited on 01/26/2006 12:02:58 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
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, "Saddams 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.
Sadas claims echoed those made by Moshe Yaalon, Israels 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 Israels 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 Saddams 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.
Sadas and Yaalons 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.
The Federalist was reporting this 3 years ago.
There's a revelation.
Not the first time we've heard this.
I wonder if our intelligence agencies have any idea where some of these weapons may be stored.
Hannity is about to interview this guy..
Are we trying to see how many times we acn post this story in one day?
Teddy "non-swimmer" Kennedy and Mr. Teresa Heinz said so!
What further reliable sources do you need?
There were tons of satellite photos of Iraqi trucks going to Syria befor the war. Those photos don't show what was in the trucks, but transport would be at a premium at the time and Saddam had every reason to hide any WMDs he may have had. Syria would be the best, in fact the only practical place in another country he could move them to.
I don't recall mention of cargo flights with WMDs mentioned at the time or the clever cover of interspersing these flights with relief efforts for a broken dam in Syria.
"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.
In light of these developments, CNN will say Bush lied about the WMD, that they did in fact exist and he was misleading the American people. /s
Hannity already interviewed him. Link to a video of that interview here
Is there a live thread?
A blurb on page 157 of the New York Times.
Democrats on suicide watch pending the revelation that Bush was right all along.
"Megadoses of prozac to be prepositioned in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago for distribution to counter the effects the latest revelation of truth will have on the Dems." / next New York Sun headline.
Maybe you should consult the Russian "advisors" who's convoy was bombed heading to Syria.
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