Skip to comments.Saddam Planned To Deploy 'Camels Of Mass Destruction' (Free Republic Mention)
Posted on 03/25/2006 6:23:46 PM PST by blam
Saddam planned to deploy 'camels of mass destruction'
By James Langton
Saddam Hussein planned to use "camels of mass destruction" as weapons to defend Iraq, loading them with bombs and directing them towards invading forces.
The animals were part of a plan to arm and equip foreign insurgents drawn up by the dictator shortly before the American-led invasion three years ago, reveals a 37-page report, captured after the fall of Baghdad and just released by the Pentagon. It is part of a cache of thousands of documents that the United States Department of Defence says it does not have the resources to translate.
British soldier in Iraq
Earlier this month, the Pentagon released copies in the original Arabic onto the internet in the hope that others would interpret them into English.
Handwritten on official paper, one of the reports appears to be a road map for the insurgency, with detailed instructions for training what it calls suicide bombers.
In the memo, they are described as "estishehadeyeen", Arabic for suicide martyrs, and would almost certainly have been foreign volunteers.
The memo details a training commission to be headed by senior officers, including a colonel from the "Directory of Political Orientation". Their job, says the report, was to "prepare a very intensive training course", "to raise the physical fitness and train in the use of Kalashnikovs and hand grenades".
It continues: "The largest section of the course will be specialised to focus on using the explosive material in the body, in motorcycle, in cars, and in camels". Camels will be "provided by the Directory of General Military Intelligence".
The memo also reveals the incredible bureaucracy that underpinned Saddam's Iraq. Rifles and hand grenades were to be provided by a Department of Armament and Equipping, explosives by the Directory of Military Engineering and "religious sermons that emphasise jihad'' by the Directory of Political Orientation and the Religious Scholars.
The papers have been translated by Arabic-speaking members of Free Republic, a conservative internet discussion forum that believes the documents will justify British and American claims that Saddam had made Iraq a haven for terrorists.
If the translation is correct, it suggests that many of the foreign fighters now attacking coalition forces and bombing Iraqi civilians were directly trained by the Saddam regime, although there are no known reports of camels being used in suicide attacks.
So, who gets credit?
Cry havoc and let slip the camels of war.
I think jveritas.
Camels of Mass Destruction....you just can't make this stuff up.
Nice find blam.
In the memo, they are described as "estishehadeyeen", Arabic for suicide martyrs ..
Is it just me or is that pronounced itiscindysheehan?
Ping. I think they're talkin' bout you!!!
Count me among the skeptics.
Someone give me a light.
Yet another nail in the coffin for the case that Iraq is Terrorist Central.
Kil zeggi Saddam !.......:o)
German Dog Mine Bump Archy !
maybe, but a smelly terrorist camel is better looking
First we out Dan Rather and SeeBS, now we are responsible for bringing down Saddam.
Freepers- a group of people that sit on camels in their PJ's intercepting and translating Saddam's war tatics from their computers.
Job well done.
He must have shi'ite for brains..
I think this one knows something, and isn't talking.
Busy FReeper, jveritas, bringing you Arabic translations from pajama land.
(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")
I assume that this plan never got over the hump.
Is that why we had to ban Joe Camel?
Igor from "Young Frankenstein"
The tidal wave has hit the UK... think it'll come back? :)
j veritas posted this excellent translation.
Maybe it'll bring some camels....ROFL!
Many IEDs have been placed in these median strips, some placed under girders. Meals, ready-to-eat (MRE) boxes, soda cans, manholes, tunnels burrowed under roads, cement-encased bomb projectiles, and even dead animal carcasses have been used by the insurgents to conceal IEDs.
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Thomas Jocelyn cites captured Iraqi documents related to this in greater depth in a Weekly Standard article titled "Blessed July" that is likely based upon the same documents included in the IPP.
The document divides the "Blessed July" operations into two "branches," bombings and assassinations, and lays out specific steps for selecting and training 50 Fedayeen martyrs for these duties. The martyrs were to be admitted to a "seminar at the Intelligence School to prepare them for the required duties." Then, "after passing the final test," the martyrs were to be divided into three teams of ten (it is not clear what happens to the other 20). The first ten recruits "will work in the European field (London)," while the "second ten will be working in the Iranian field" and "the third ten will be working in the Self ruled area." Martyrs are even reminded to use "death capsules" if "captured at the European fields"--an apparent order to commit suicide if caught.
As Jocelyn notes, the documents are the same one's discussed in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs, which adds that the Blessed July operation was ordered by Uday Hussien.
Yea! He Nose Somthin'
That's the one that bit my sister!
Even children who were murdered then booby-trapped to kill the parents who came for them.
I remember seeing those.
I like the in-flight shot that you have on your profile page.
Thanks for the ping..
I believe you are famous....congratulations.
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