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In Search of Saddam Husseinís WMD: Russian Intelligence, Belarus & Highway 11 Part 3 of 5
The New Media Journal ^ | 040506 | Sam Pender

Posted on 04/05/2006 6:25:51 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas

The 1990-2003 War Against Saddam has millions of untold stories. Perhaps one of the most important happened at the onset of the invasion. On the evening of March 22 there are several reports that Russians were witness to an American airborne assault near the Syrian/Jordanian/Iraq border, on or near Highway 11, and in the vicinity of Akashat. Allegedly American airborne troops and/or Special Forces were trying to seize some of Saddam’s WMD on its way into Syria. They were detected by Iraqi forces, surrounded, and as many as 30 were killed or captured. Forces from Jordan were sent to provide air support and rescue for the survivors.

There are no reports of this incident in the mainstream media, but Russian intelligence reports that were remarkably published on the internet during the invasion were generally close to the mark in accuracy (albeit embellished with a distinct political slant), and the Department of Defense has affirmed that the reports do seem credible and accurate-particularly the ones that reference radio intercepts. This report of the border incident stems from such radio intercepts. It's also echoed in Yossef Bodansky's book, The Secret History of the Iraq War, and he cites several Russian eyewitnesses as well.

That the casualties are not listed in the DoD's casualty list is not unusual since the words "Ranger" and "Green Beret" are missing from that list entirely. It seems Special Forces casualties are not generally reported in the same manner as conventional forces. If true, the presence of American forces captured and taken into Syria perhaps might be one of the reasons why more pressure hasn't been exerted on the Assad Regime.

In any event, on March 24th President Bush called Russian President Vladamir Putin and there can be no doubt that the issue of Russian support for Saddam's regime was discussed. That the phone call (widely reported by the press at the time) came immediately in the wake of the border incident is interesting and poignant.

On March 29 and 30, Saddam contacted Belarus. The former Soviet Republic had been one of many that offered Saddam exile in the days just prior to the war. Instead of accepting the offer, Saddam had a Belarusian IL-76 transport plane flown to Baghdad, allegedly loaded with "sensitive cargo" and immediately flown back to Belarus. In December, Yevgeny Primakov's plane had been reloaded with "sensitive cargo" (ie cargo the Americans would want-like WMD, WMD equipment, documents, and people), and flown to Belarus. All flights in and out of Saddam International were monitored closely by the USAF, British Intelligence, and a list of other foreign intelligence services.

Many of the Russian-made weapons procured through Syria's front companies-like SES International-had come from Belarus. After the fall of Saddam's regime, it was found that many of the senior leaders who had fled went to Syria and Belarus (sometimes in that order). If one asks, "What happened to all that WMD?" Then a finger can be pointed towards the former Soviet Republic at the very least for enabling the former leaders of Saddam's regime to escape and orchestrate an insurgency, clearly for removal of "sensitive items" from Saddam's regime, and very likely for accepting Saddam's WMD, WMD equipment, documents, and people.

On April 5th, CENTCOM reported spotting a large column of Iraqi vehicles, and braced for a possible counterattack. Rather than race south to certain defeat and death, the column slipped into Syria. Russian intelligence reports reiterate this event as do Lebanese sources. Mainstream media reports only confirm the convoy's sighting, but they do not follow up the report, and they do not report on what happened to it. Allegedly the convoy included Russian-made mobile rocket launchers some with chemical weapons.

The exodus from Iraq to Syria by Saddam's allies and the highest ranking members of Saddam's regime didn't end on April 9th, but it was fully brought to the attention of the world when American Special Forces intercepted a Russian convoy headed into Syria. The Russians said that the convoy was on a diplomatic mission following a convoy that carried Primakov himself. To this day no one knows for sure. Some reports claim that Primakov's convoy carried Russian WMD people, documents, and equipment that could not be left to fall into the hands of the Coalition. That Russian convoys as well as convoys from Saddam’s regime were assembled and rushing out of Iraq/into Syria during those last few days has been well-reported by the mainstream media, and summarily ignored then forgotten.

The contents of the convoy that American commandos attacked remain classified, but former deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology and security, John A Shaw, reports that American intelligence has documents confirming that Saddam's Regime paid Russia to provide security forces for Iraq's Russian-made arms and paid Russia to conduct counterintelligence activities that would prevent the Coalition from discovering the illegal arms supply line from Russia through Syria. This is consistent with the other aid Russia is known to have provided Saddam’s regime in its last days.

"An Arabic-language report obtained by U.S. intelligence disclosed the extent of Russian armaments. The 26-page report was written by Abdul Tawab Mullah al Huwaysh, Saddam's minister of military industrialization, who was captured by U.S. forces May 2, 2003." Other intelligence officials confirm the possession of these documents and more. "The materials outlined in the documents included [illegal] missile components, MiG jet parts, tank parts and chemicals used to make chemical weapons, the official said."

Recently declassified documents from Saddam’s Iraqi Intelligence Services headquartes as well as the Iraqi Perspectives Project report released two weeks ago both serve as new sources detailing how Russian intelligence was working hand in hand with the IIS-even going so far as to provide the Iraqis with the American invasion plans for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sec State Rice has even brought up the matter of Russian aid to Saddam’s dying regime as recently as last week.

One wonders how differently the war in Iraq would look if American commandos had been able to seize elusive WMD in those first few hours of the war, and what it would have been like if they could have presented it to the world? As more and more captured documents are being released every day, why not present the documents detailing the list of illegal Russian armaments provided to Saddam, or the other evidence of illegal Russian support as well?

That answer will come later. Sam Pender is the author of several books on the Global War on Terror and the Iraq Wars in particular. His works include: Iraq's Smoking Gun, How Did It Come to This?, The Ignored War, America's War With Saddam, and Saddam's Ties to Al Queda.

http://www.therant.us/index.html

http://www.therant.us/daily_columns/in_serach_of_saddam_husseins_wmd.htm


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antiwar; communism; duelferreport; iraq; isg; kgb; prewardocs; putin; russia; sada; saddam; sovietunion; syria; wmd

1 posted on 04/05/2006 6:25:55 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas
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To: Blackrain4xmas

And nothing is being done to spring these Green Berets and Rangers that Assad might be holding after three years??


2 posted on 04/05/2006 6:34:25 AM PDT by Capriole (The Anti-Feminist)
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To: Blackrain4xmas

shrug the MSM will never help get this story out... its too positive for the president and republicans in an election year.


3 posted on 04/05/2006 6:36:11 AM PDT by Element187
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To: Capriole

Can't even confirm the incident. All we know is that Russian intel reported it, as well as a few nonMSM sources. For all we know it might not have happened, or they might have been sprung in exchange for not pursuing into Syria. That said, the report is similar to other incidents near the same location, in the same conditions just weeks later, and reported by MSM.


4 posted on 04/05/2006 6:36:33 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: Blackrain4xmas

Classified. Period.


5 posted on 04/05/2006 6:42:50 AM PDT by roaddog727 (P=3/8 A. or, P=plenty...............)
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To: Blackrain4xmas

Nothing new here. Just move along, alright?

/sarcasm off


6 posted on 04/05/2006 6:53:45 AM PDT by Clioman
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To: Blackrain4xmas
Williamson Murray and General Robert Scales' book: "The Iraq War" only says that operations in Western Iraq are classified. Murray was one of my instructors at West Point and some of the stories he told .... were interesting .... therefore anything is possible. Thanks for posting.
7 posted on 04/05/2006 7:14:57 AM PDT by Yasotay
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To: Blackrain4xmas

bump


8 posted on 04/05/2006 7:16:17 AM PDT by kimosabe31
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To: Blackrain4xmas

Good article Blacktrain.


9 posted on 04/05/2006 7:17:04 AM PDT by kimosabe31
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To: Blackrain4xmas

I fully expect that Saddam's "goodies" were dispersed to several other nations. OTOH, I simply can't believe that our extensive "overhead assets" failed to record and track any of that activity.


10 posted on 04/05/2006 7:39:24 AM PDT by TXnMA
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To: TXnMA

That's just it...the movements from wmd sites to Syria were recorded and widely reported as such.


11 posted on 04/05/2006 7:43:29 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: Blackrain4xmas

Putin has clearly returned to cold-war aggression, but this time around is different. Vietnam hurt us, but Afghanistan killed the Russian economy.

We have a foot on their necks and can hold them down as long as we want, simply by refusing aid. The emphasis on lighter forces for Iraq now comes clear, we can sustain the effort there indefinately. Russia's not exactly bluffing with a ten high hand, but we definitely hold the winning cards.

This will be even more true in post-Mullah Iran.


12 posted on 04/05/2006 7:49:03 AM PDT by jeffers
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To: Blackrain4xmas
I was deliberately being obtuse.

My guess is that we have precision UTM coordinates (GPS markers) on a significant number of those hiding places. IMO, a few well-placed explosions that leave widespread contaminated areas in the Bekaa Valley would definitely be worthwhile..

13 posted on 04/05/2006 8:35:15 AM PDT by TXnMA
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To: Blackrain4xmas; All

........."as well as the Iraqi Perspectives Project report released two weeks ago"


is anyone familiar with this?


14 posted on 04/05/2006 8:55:42 AM PDT by Kimberly GG
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To: Kimberly GG

http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2006/ipp.pdf


15 posted on 04/05/2006 9:00:42 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: Blackrain4xmas; Chena; Valin; M. Thatcher; DocRock; Calpernia; Madame Dufarge; Txsleuth; Peach; ...
In Search of Saddam Hussein’s WMD: Russian Intelligence, Belarus & Highway 11 Part 3 of 5

Part Two

Part One

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Please add the keyword prewardocs to any articles pertaining to this subject.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Documents

Also here

Documents from the Harmony Database

jveritas’s blog

Ray Robison’s blog

16 posted on 04/05/2006 9:08:46 AM PDT by eyespysomething
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To: aflaak

ping


17 posted on 04/05/2006 9:45:13 AM PDT by r-q-tek86 (card-carryin' IPW)
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To: eyespysomething

Makes me wonder where the source of info came that allowed the Russians to tip them off re the above attempt to capture movement of the weapons. How many moles and how far up they go?


18 posted on 04/05/2006 9:55:35 AM PDT by frank56
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To: frank56

Probably moles thruout the pentagon, CIA and state dept. The political elites prefer to be politically correct and let our spec ops guys get "whacked" rather than ethnically cleanse the agencies.


19 posted on 04/05/2006 12:01:45 PM PDT by kimosabe31
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To: Blackrain4xmas

I just wish the "New Media Journal" story had a few footnotes and links to confirmatory information. Without those it's kinda like reading a NewsMax story.


20 posted on 04/05/2006 2:15:06 PM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: lizol; Lukasz; strategofr; GSlob; spanalot; Thunder90; Tailgunner Joe; propertius; REactor; ...

More dirt in our faces from our "Friends" behind the new Iron Curtan.


21 posted on 04/05/2006 5:06:28 PM PDT by Thunder90
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To: Blackrain4xmas

"As more and more captured documents are being released every day, why not present the documents detailing the list of illegal Russian armaments provided to Saddam, or the other evidence of illegal Russian support as well?"

vetoed by the State Department no doubt.


22 posted on 04/05/2006 5:48:41 PM PDT by strategofr (Hillary stole 1000+ secret FBI files on DC movers & shakers, Hillary's Secret War, Poe, p. xiv)
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To: Capriole

I am curious as to why the Administration doesn't want to take on Syria. If it were general knowledge that Saddam's WMD's had been moved there, the pressure would logically be on to take out Assad.


23 posted on 04/05/2006 6:02:15 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: Blackrain4xmas

bump


24 posted on 04/05/2006 7:08:04 PM PDT by spanalot
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To: popdonnelly
An argument can be made that an attempt to do so .... failed ... ie the bombing in the the Syrian Capital.
25 posted on 04/05/2006 9:24:02 PM PDT by Yasotay
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To: Tarantulas

fyi, pm me with specific questions, and I'll source the comment for you. The articles were initially going to have sourcing but every single sentence had sources and often several sources. As such, it became monstrous. If there's something you'd like to read more about just send me a mail message
:)


26 posted on 04/06/2006 3:57:46 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: popdonnelly

"I am curious as to why the Administration doesn't want to take on Syria. If it were general knowledge that Saddam's WMD's had been moved there, the pressure would logically be on to take out Assad."

Check the timeline...2004 campaign was in full swing in latter half of 03 and obviously in 04. Iraq was the central issue. That alone would have been a big enough factor to avoid expanding the war, but there were other reasons as well.


27 posted on 04/06/2006 3:59:24 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: kimosabe31

What BS.


28 posted on 04/06/2006 1:28:39 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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