Skip to comments.DoD Report: 50 Trucks Carried Iraqi WMD To Syria
Posted on 07/28/2006 1:42:19 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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On June 9th , the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council about the export of Iraqi WMD, missile and nuclear components shipped out of Iraq before, during and after the invasion. As reported by MENL news service, UNMOVIC acting executive chairman Demetrius Perricos told the Council, "The removal of these materials from Iraq raises concerns with regard to proliferation risks," and said inspectors found Iraqi WMD and missile components shipped abroad that still contained UN inspection tags.
The World Tribune reported on Perricos's briefing. "He said the Iraqi facilities were dismantled and sent both to Europe and around the Middle East at the rate of about 1,000 tons of metal a month... The Baghdad missile site contained a range of WMD and dual-use components, UN officials said. They included missile components, reactor vessel and fermenters ... required for the production of chemical and biological warheads. 'It raises the question of what happened to the dual-use equipment, where is it now and what is it being used for,' Perricos's spokesman, said. 'You can make all kinds of pharmaceutical and medicinal products with a fermenter. You can also use it to breed anthrax.'"
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, head of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, said vehicle traffic photographed by U.S. spy satellites indicated that material and documents related to the arms programs were shipped to Syria."
"Last month Moshe Yaalon, who was Israel's top general at the time, said Iraq transported WMD to Syria six weeks before Operation Iraqi Freedom began.
Last March, John A. Shaw, a former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said Russian Spetsnaz units moved WMD to Syria and Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
"While in Iraq I received information from several sources naming the exact Russian units, what they took and where they took both WMD materials and conventional explosives," Mr. Shaw told NewsMax reporter Charles Smith.
Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong was deputy commander of Central Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In September 2004, he told WABC radio that "I do know for a fact that some of those weapons went into Syria, Lebanon and Iran."
In January 2004, David Kay, the first head of the Iraq Survey Group which conducted the search for Saddam's WMD, told a British newspaper there was evidence unspecified materials had been moved to Syria from Iraq shortly before the war.
"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," Mr. Kay told the Sunday Telegraph.
Also that month, Nizar Nayuf, a Syrian journalist who defected to an undisclosed European country, told a Dutch newspaper he knew of three sites where Iraq's WMD was being kept. They were the town of al Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria; the Syrian air force base near the village of Tal Snan, and the city of Sjinsar on the border with Lebanon.
In an addendum to his final report last April, Charles Duelfer, who succeeded David Kay as head of the Iraq Survey Group, said he couldn't rule out a transfer of WMD from Iraq to Syria.
"There was evidence of a discussion of possible WMD collaboration initiated by a Syrian security officer, and ISG received information about movement of material out of Iraq, including the possibility that WMD was involved. In the judgment of the working group, these reports were sufficiently credible to merit further investigation," Mr. Duelfer said."
"The short answer to the question of where the WMD Saddam bought from the Russians went was that they went to Syria and Lebanon," former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense John A. Shaw told an audience Saturday at a privately sponsored "Intelligence Summit" in Alexandria, Va. (www.intelligencesummit.org).
"We are not talking about a large stockpile of weapons," he said. "But 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 programme. Precisely what went to Syria, and what has happened to it, is a major issue that needs to be resolved."
"Two days before the war, on March 17th, we saw through multiple intelligence channels - both human intelligence and techinical (satellite,eavesdrop) intelligence - large caravans of people and things, including some of the top 55 Iraqis, going to Syria."
I just took a stab at converting the date, 10 Moharram in Gregorian year 2003, to the Gregorian date... it's March 10... ie 10 days prior to the March 20 invasion.
Here is the link: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1671897/posts
This confirms the NIMA assessment from just after the war. In addition, DEBKA had announced exactly this same story a bit earlier, but I haven't located that link yet:
Oct. 30, 2003 - This week the director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency released an assessment that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were transferred to neighboring Syria in the weeks prior to the U.S.-led war against the Saddam Hussein regime. The assessment was based on satellite pictures that showed a huge number of Iraqi trucks entering Syria from Iraq just before and after the start of the war there.
Source:Middle East Newsline
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- For the first time, the U.S. intelligence community has released an assessment that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction were transferred to neighboring Syria in the weeks prior to the U.S.-led war against the Saddam Hussein regime.
U.S. officials said the assessment was based on satellite images of convoys of Iraqi trucks that poured into Syria in February and March 2003. The officials said the intelligence community assessed that the trucks contained missiles and WMD components banned by the United Nations Security Council.
The U.S. intelligence assessment was discussed publicly for the first time by the director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency in a briefing in Washington on Tuesday. James Clapper, a retired air force general and a leading member of the U.S. intelligence community, said he linked the disappearance of Iraqi WMD with the huge number of Iraqi trucks that entered Syria before and during the U.S. military campaign to topple the Saddam regime.
"I think personally that the [Iraqi] senior leadership saw what was coming and I think they went to some extraordinary lengths to dispose of the evidence," Clapper said. "I'll call it an educated hunch."
It's only a guess, but:
Monitoring may have ignored the 50-truck WMD convoy, as it was busy looking at the 100-truck convoys carrying the swag from the Oil-for-Food scam to a safe place in Syria.
"This is the same document that I translated few days ago!!!
Here is the link: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1671897/posts"
I thought it looked familiar. But I've been reading so much of this stuff that it's all getting blurred.
I will Freepmail you as to how this came to me. (Shows you're work is getting noticed in high places.)
Anyway, it bears repeating.
(I will amend the article at S&L to give you credit of course.)
So what's the problem?
index for later.
that is just a picture and should have been id'd as such.
Whatever was moved - and it was moved - was moved over a period of time and under cover.
Fifty trucks is a long convoy, tough to miss on satelite images.
Recall that there were reports that reconnaisance (satellite and aerial) detected these convoys.
Then why is the Bush Admin. silent on these points?
I do believe that we are winning the WOT and that Iraq is in much better shape then is being portrayed. However, we are in grave danger of losing the war on the home front due in a large part to a lack of a presentation of the facts to the American people.
And please do not blame the media, as they slant all news the way they want it slanted. A clear, concise, summary with loads of evidence, properly presented to America cannot be kept quiet.
Sorry, but President Bush is getting beat on a presentation of the facts to us, while the Democrats are controllinbg the perception of the events surrounding this and other topics.
AH: Here we are: a DEBKA synopsis of their reports of convoy traffic moving WMDs out of Iraq while the UN dithered:
The heavy traffic detected by General Clappers satellites was reported by DEBKA-Net-Weekly on three different dates.
DNW 97, February 14, 2003, a little over a month before the war began, disclosed: In the last two weeks, our military sources discovered that Iraq staged a major removal of its forbidden weapons systems, sending them overland by truck to Lebanon via Syria.
DNW 106, April 25, 2003, 10 days after the capture of Baghdad, reported: Though on the run, he (Saddam) retains control of sufficient stocks of unconventional weapons, intelligence, assets and money to wage war on the United States from bases and hideouts outside Iraq, where some of his WMD systems are also tucked away.
Those systems, of course, had been hidden in Syria.
DNW 107, May 2, the day after President George W. Bush declared major combat in Iraq at an end, pointed to Syria as having secretly disposed of Saddam Husseins weapons of mass destruction by hiding them in three places two in the Lebanese Beqaa and one in Syria. The first site is located in a valley stretching between the Jabal Akroum Mountains and the Lebanese town of al Qabayyat and the Syrian border; the second at a point lying between the Lebanese towns of al Labway and Hirmil between the Orontes River and the Lebanese-Syrian border.
The third site is Syrias underground military industrial facilities near Aleppo, Syrias second largest city.
Right there next to the Holocaust.
" no wmds no wmds la-la -la i`m not listening "
According to Aboutislam.com, Muharram was from March 4 til April 2, 2003. Muharram 10 would be March 10.
I'd bet my next paycheck that these are the "Surpises" that Iran and Hezbollah keep refering to.
make that March 14
I notice all the RAT trolls are showing up on this thread.
Place marker to read a little later.
Regarding your tagline, read that in context with my post #63. The Left is beating us on the War of Words on this issue and we are not doing enough to get the information out to those who need to hear it.
That cocky POS in Iran would not make the claims he has if he did not have something under his robe.
I believe we knew all along the weapons went to Syria but timing is everything because we announce we know where they went it's up to the US to take action. tick-tock
Amen to that.
You make a good point. Also something to consider:
W has been taking so much heat on this MWD thing, that the next time we take action on it the proof will be 100% infallable.
He may be laying low until that 100% proof is known to all, but that is a hugely risky course of action. I would still be more comfortable if he came out and provided much more info to everyone on what we do know about the MWD's.
Of course, then the left will start whining about how he did not do enough about it.
My thoughts exactly.
As I discovered when I read forward.
Sorry for "piling on"...
no problem, I have done it as well!
Somewhere I have also seen the sketches done by the journalist.
Now, our intelligence sources can disclose exclusively that the relocation of Iraqs WMD systems took place between January 10 and March 10 and was completed just 10 days before the US-led offensive was launched against Iraq. The banned arsenal, hauled in giant tankers from Iraq to Syria and from there to the Bekaa Valley under Syrian special forces and military intelligence escort, was discharged into pits 6-8 meters across and 25-35 meters deep dug by Syrian army engineers. They were sealed and planted over with new seedlings. Nonetheless, their location is known and detectable with the right instruments. Our sources have learned that Syria was paid about $35 million to make Saddam Husseins forbidden weapons disappear.
Not yet. However we can probably guess at what that drunkard Putins response would be. Something like...
Do you think you are smarter then us ?
They were worth far more then that if they had simply been added to Syria's active arsenal. Saddam sent Military Jets to Iran prior to Gulf War 1.
Um, we didn't miss it, neither did the Israelis...both of us saw it via satellite...Israel approached us with it, and that kinda confirmed what we saw IIRC...(Loftus)
Does anyone else remember the 101st (IIRC) opening fire on a line of limo headed out of Baghdad toward Syria just as we were approaching the Airport area?
Anyone have a list of links to that story?
It was about the same time MSM started screaming about the museum being emptied out...
IIRC about a third of it went to the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.
Hopefully there are Israeli commando units on the ground there now searching along with our own units...
It was interesting to see Israeli soldiers in what appeared to be chem suits of some sort on FOX today....
Do not forget that the former head of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Agency, James Clapper told the New York Times and House of Reps that he's nearly certain WMD were moved to Syria and has the satellite photos. Getting ahold of him would be a good step
Thanks for the ping eye, and thanks for the work jveritas!
Common sense tells us this is reasonable and that all will be revealed eventually!
That's what I thought at first as well, but noone ever said Saddam wasn't a slick spin-meister. If he got away with the transfer of so much stock, it's only because an act of God occurred to provide him exactly the coverage he needed to justify such a remotely-observable convoy. So Saddam got the weapons out to a friendly Islamic government, and he got international credit for his humanitarian efforts in the face of American aggression.
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Thanks to you all for the excellent work that your doing...I believe they had the results of a poll recently on the news (Fox) that most people DO belive that Saddam had this stuff and that result suprised me actually...maybe the "sheeple" are coming around.
If there would be some major coverage of these docs it would give "our side" a much needed boost...which is why it's not being covered I suppose.
"The administration does not want the victims of Sept. 11 interfering with its foreign policy," says Peter M. Leitner, director of the Washington Center for Peace and Justice (WCPJ). Leitner says the Bush administration may be concerned that if other victims of the Sept. 11 attacks also filed lawsuits and won civil-damage awards it would reduce Iraqi resources that the administration wants to use to rebuild the country. Leitner and others say this explains Bush's reticence at this time to report the convincing evidence linking Saddam and al-Qaeda that has been collected by U.S. investigators and private organizations seeking damages. "The [Bush] administration is intentionally changing the topic," claims Leitner, and sidestepping the issue that "Iraq has been in a proxy war against the U.S. for years and has used al-Qaeda in that war against the United States."
Too little too late.
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