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SOLDIER'S CHILLING WARNING
Sky News ^ | Last Updated: 09:04 UK, Monday March 10, 2003

Posted on 03/10/2003 1:10:18 AM PST by maquiladora

An Iraqi defector has told Sky News that Saddam Hussein will use chemical weapons if the country is invaded.

In an exclusive interview, the man said the use of such weapons against British and US soldiers was "100% guaranteed".

The 26-year-old soldier, who is an officer, defected 10 days ago near the city of Sulaymaniyah in Northern Iraq.

He is being guarded in a safe house and is said to have provided valuable intelligence information to authorities.

"A chemical attack is guaranteed," he warned.

"We have been fully provided with complete protection gear, gas masks, first aid kit, injections."

In the 1991 war, Saddam Hussein deployed his chemical weapons but they were not used.

Reports suggest he is planning to use pilotless drone planes to spray British and US troops with anthrax and sarin gas if they advance towards Baghdad.

"We are sure about the chemical bombardment," said the defector, whose identity is being protected.

"In the last stage, he will use it as a last resort."

The defector was part of Saddam's crack Republican Guard and has emphasised its role in ensuring the loyalty of other troops.

The privileged soldiers had their own bunkers for protection during air raids in the Gulf War.

"When it is time for war we are fully prepared to fight into the ground. If we don't fight hard, they will execute us," he said.

He said Baghdad was full of such loyal troops and special forces and the city would see heavy fighting.

"In Baghdad there will be a lot of killing," he added.

Video of the interview


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baghdad; chemicalweapons; invasion; iraq; mustard; mustardgas; oif; sarin; saringas; threat
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1 posted on 03/10/2003 1:10:18 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: maquiladora
This dovetails with the reports about the drone. I find it interesting that here we have a recent defector and he's allowed to give an interview to a U.K. news source. People surely want this info out right now. Maybe that drone is the so-called smoking gun that some people feel such a need to see before jumping on board.
2 posted on 03/10/2003 1:21:04 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: maquiladora
Bomb em till there is no one left to come after us
3 posted on 03/10/2003 1:21:33 AM PST by woofie
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To: maquiladora
Rakis in Ragdad are going to get awful bored waiting for us to invade it.

We'll take out every palace first, then the ancient art of "siege" will begin.

Ragdad will implode.

4 posted on 03/10/2003 1:27:06 AM PST by Happy2BMe (HOLLYWOOD:Ask not what U can do for your country, ask what U can do for Iraq!)
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To: maquiladora
The "french fries" will say this is a staged video. Nothing will convince them, as they have too much to hide, too much we may find there, once we invade!
5 posted on 03/10/2003 2:01:39 AM PST by blondee123 (WAR: Saddams choice, not ours!)
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To: Cap Huff
New news out on FOX is that the inspectors found a totally different missile type designed for chemwar.

It will be touted as a success for inspections, but th epress will forget that the fact it wan't reported in the first place means Iraq hasn't been cooperating. As if we don't know that already...

6 posted on 03/10/2003 2:14:23 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: maquiladora

"I will say this once again, Iraq has NO Chemical, Biological or, Nuclear weapons." except the ones we are threatening to use.

7 posted on 03/10/2003 2:16:07 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: piasa
About the news of new chem-war missiles, I'm sure you are right about how the press will try to play it. At this stage though the only audience that matters much are the UNSC members, particularly the swing voters. We're going in anyway. It only matters whether we have the PR cover of a UNSC resolution or whether we go in after a failed resolution or over a veto. Those seem to me to be the only three possibilities. The last is the optimum. Nine yes votes then a veto. We can call it a moral victory, and then let the U.N. get sunk by the veto.

The question I want an answer to is how the swing voters on the SC view this. Most ordinary people don't follow the news like most freepers.
8 posted on 03/10/2003 2:25:44 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: maquiladora
This CANNOT be true! The peaceniks and Hollyweirdos have told us and told us that there is nothing to go to war over in Iraq.

What's that you say? Chemical weapons are in contravention of UN resolutions? Well, posh, posh...we cannot be bothered by the facts. We're rather happy with our heads in the sand, really.

9 posted on 03/10/2003 2:33:14 AM PST by twntaipan (Defend American Liberty: Defeat a demoncRAT!)
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To: woofie
"Bomb em till there is no one left to come after us

That's the plan. I'll bet there is a pretty good database of military or could be military targets that is updated frequently. I would not want to be in the neighborhood when an Iraqi chem weapons bunker is blown to bits (of course CNN will report this as a US chem weapons attack).

10 posted on 03/10/2003 2:34:42 AM PST by Sunnyvale CA Eng.
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To: Sunnyvale CA Eng.
Wouldn't want to be in the neighborhood if God forbid any of our own chem weopons bunkers were blown up either.One hopes they are kept at high alert---there's one of those suckers thirty miles upwind.
11 posted on 03/10/2003 2:51:33 AM PST by IGNATIUS
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To: All
I hope the defector's report is true, at least to the point of proving all the peaceniks and UN people wrong, but I wonder if he really did not defect and is just trying to scare us into not attacking Iraq. This would be similair to: "No we have no WMD, but you'll be sorry if you attack us!" I may be proven wrong, but I think that although Iraq does have WMD like chemicals, they do not have any effective way to make them a threat to our troops at this point in time. I guess I'll know eventually.
12 posted on 03/10/2003 3:27:57 AM PST by mark beoluke
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To: Cap Huff
>>Maybe that drone is the so-called smoking gun that some people feel such a need to see before jumping on board<<

No one who is not on board already gives a rat's a** about Iraq.

It's us they're against, and it doesn't matter at all what Iraq does or doesn't do.

Let's roll.

13 posted on 03/10/2003 3:34:58 AM PST by Jim Noble
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To: mark beoluke
I'm afraid to say that if our troops are attacked with chemical or bio weapons, the Hollyweirds and peaceniks will then resort to calling it "our fault" because we attacked Iraq.

The point that he said he didn't have any of these weapons will not even be on the radar screen for them.

These are the same folks that believe the reason the WTC fell was because of our misguided foreign policies.

14 posted on 03/10/2003 3:37:06 AM PST by dawn53
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To: mark beoluke
"but I wonder if he really did not defect and is just trying to scare us into not attacking Iraq. "

I also wondered about that angle. It just seems convenient for this to be happening now on the eve of us invading Iraq. The peace movement will be howling to the rooftops about our government knowingly sending our troops to certain death.

15 posted on 03/10/2003 3:42:36 AM PST by Kerberos
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To: dawn53
Thanks for the reply. The best case scenario would be to capture alot of WMD material intact before any horrible use could be made of them. It may not impress the peaceniks, but I would hope at least the fence sitters would know we were right to attack Iraq.
16 posted on 03/10/2003 3:45:28 AM PST by mark beoluke
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To: maquiladora
could be a plant/disinformation .... send in an EMP bomb to neutralize all electronics... hussein can then carry buckets of anthrax and spread it around himself
17 posted on 03/10/2003 3:52:01 AM PST by InvisibleChurch
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To: mark beoluke
I realize that everyone on the Left considers this president to be a dunce. I guess they think he really would stake his reputation and presidency on a lie (i.e., Iraq has nuke, chem, and bio weapons). We'll know, alright....we'll know (once again) that the Left is wrong and that this president is right. But...not to worry....they'll never admit it.
18 posted on 03/10/2003 3:54:04 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: maquiladora
"Saddam's crack Republican Guard"

Must they always say this just before they surrender?
Don't they actually have to do something "cracky" before they earn the title?

Ridiculous!
19 posted on 03/10/2003 3:54:07 AM PST by ALS
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FREEREPUBLIC.com - Discussion Thread - Topic: THE AUSTRALIAN (THE SUNDAY TIMES): "IRAQ COVETS DRONES FOR SPRAY BLITZ" (March 10, 2003)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/860789/posts
20 posted on 03/10/2003 3:54:22 AM PST by Cindy
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To: ALS
"Saddam's crack Republican Guard"

Maybe it just means they use crack.

21 posted on 03/10/2003 3:59:37 AM PST by ET(end tyranny) (Heavenly Father, please embrace, and protect, our Pres., our troops and those of our true allies.)
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To: Sunnyvale CA Eng.
of course CNN will report this as a US chem weapons attack

Not quite. They'll report it as a US chem weapons attack on an Iraqi baby milk factory.

Calling Petah Arnett...

22 posted on 03/10/2003 4:05:09 AM PST by laz17 (Socialism is the religion of the atheist.)
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To: maquiladora
Well, that just can't be. He doesn't have any, right?
24 posted on 03/10/2003 4:18:38 AM PST by TankerKC (What's with the sudden influx of racist punks on FR?)
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To: ET(end tyranny)
"Saddam's crack Republican Guard"
"Maybe it just means they use crack."

Or maybe it means all it takes to be in the crack Republican Guard is to have one.

25 posted on 03/10/2003 4:23:50 AM PST by libertylover
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To: libertylover
Could very well be.
26 posted on 03/10/2003 4:32:49 AM PST by ET(end tyranny) (Heavenly Father, please embrace, and protect, our Pres., our troops and those of our true allies.)
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To: libertylover
The "crack" Republican Guard is what you see when they're bowing to Allah or running for the hills. When our ground forces engaged their divisions in the Gulf War, they were chopped to pieces.
27 posted on 03/10/2003 4:38:13 AM PST by AF68
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To: maquiladora
This reminds me of something Nancy Pelosi said a few months ago. "We shouldent invade Iraq because there no evedience they have wmd." A few sentences later she says, "We shouldent invade Iraq because they might use WMD on our troops." hahahahaha

If they do use these weapons on our troops then we make the sun rise on him in the west.
28 posted on 03/10/2003 4:42:07 AM PST by broadsword (Those who beat there swords into plowshares will plow for those who do not)
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To: maquiladora
"A chemical attack is guaranteed," he warned.

I'd like to see the US response:   "...And so is glass!"
29 posted on 03/10/2003 5:07:43 AM PST by GirlShortstop (heat + sand = glass)
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To: LindaSOG
Ha! Ha! This is a good one.


30 posted on 03/10/2003 5:24:05 AM PST by 2nd_Amendment_Defender
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To: maquiladora
This should surprise noone who stops to think about the implications. We have put Hussein and Iraq into a position where they have nothing to lose. It only makes sense that he would use his WMD on American troops and/or Israel.
31 posted on 03/10/2003 5:33:12 AM PST by Cacophonous
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To: maquiladora
i am sure that if the military, ours, considers drone aircraft, that there is a contingency for bombarding it with electronic pulses to warrant it unresponsive and perhaps uncontrollable and as dangerous to their side as ours...

would be cool if we could use their own WMD against them and then clean up the area later...

jmt teeman

32 posted on 03/10/2003 5:36:33 AM PST by teeman8r
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To: maquiladora
As seen from 30,000 feet above Bagdad...


33 posted on 03/10/2003 5:38:58 AM PST by Fighting Irish
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To: Cap Huff
You have to wonder how much of this is Saddam's psyops. While I have no doubt that he has these weapons, it is interesting that these guys are coming over right now with this little gift to our troops. Of course, it works in the President's favor, and an analysis of the " ".....complete protection gear, gas masks, first aid kit, injections...." should tell us precisely what he plans to use.
34 posted on 03/10/2003 5:43:38 AM PST by SpinyNorman
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To: Cap Huff
You have to wonder how much of this is Saddam's psyops. While I have no doubt that he has these weapons, it is interesting that these guys are coming over right now with this little gift to our troops. Of course, it works in the President's favor, and an analysis of the " ".....complete protection gear, gas masks, first aid kit, injections...." should tell us precisely what he plans to use.
35 posted on 03/10/2003 5:44:20 AM PST by SpinyNorman
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To: SpinyNorman
sorry about the duplicate message. My work network connection sucks eggs.
36 posted on 03/10/2003 5:44:58 AM PST by SpinyNorman
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To: maquiladora
Just part of the Saddam Hussein terror plan.

These colors don't run!

37 posted on 03/10/2003 5:47:43 AM PST by OldFriend
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To: Cacophonous
We have put Saddam in a position where his generals that make the decision to use WMD have everything to lose if the try it.
38 posted on 03/10/2003 5:48:59 AM PST by Brett66
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To: maquiladora
This warning concurs with my theory that the Iraqi scorched earth policy will leave us as the parriah of the world. Knowing the communist nations, frogs, germans, etc. and our wonderful media, when our troops reach Baghdad and discover multiple outbreaks of Anthrax, smallpox, the plague and other various disease, the media and hollyweirds will play every fruitcake that says "none of this would have happened if the US didn't invade". You can forsee this disaster coming. Hopefully Iraq will launch checmical weapons against Israel, so we will not have to invade Baghdad and instead set up a 30 mile perimeter with radiation warning signs.
39 posted on 03/10/2003 5:53:09 AM PST by Beck_isright (going to the war without the french is like duck hunting without your accordian)
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To: maquiladora
Now, wait a minute. We have been told over and over that iraq doesn't have any type of WMD by the UN, iraq, France, Germany, DNC, etc. That would mean that (*gasp*) we've been lied to! I am shocked, I tell ya! Truly. Really. No, I swear, I am.....
40 posted on 03/10/2003 6:03:06 AM PST by wasp69 (The time has come.......)
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To: SpinyNorman
Sure, it could be psyops, but I find it hard to think of what their objective would be here. I doubt that this frightens anyone on our side --- I think they have already assumed that chem weapons will be used, and I would assume that they are prepared. I also agree that this tends to strengthen Bushes' case.

I don't think we need to focus on public opinion on things like this. Unless it is something super dramatic, public opinion is not going to sway much before shooting in ernest starts. What is of some concern is how stuff like this influences the swing votes at the UNSC. That doesn't at all mean the difference between go/no go, but it does have some effect on the PR battle in the long run, and the hoped for demise of the U.N. in the somewhat longer time. At least that is my opinion, for what it is worth.
41 posted on 03/10/2003 6:18:03 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: maquiladora
The defector was part of Saddam's crack Republican Guard and has emphasised its role in ensuring the loyalty of other troops... "When it is time for war we are fully prepared to fight into the ground. If we don't fight hard, they will execute us," he said.

Who will execute you? You are the Republican Guard. If you defect there's nobody left.

42 posted on 03/10/2003 6:20:56 AM PST by Kenton
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To: IGNATIUS
It was reported that we destroyed our cache of chem weapons quite some time ago. Although it was trotted out as an arms reduction treaty between U.S. and Russia, the real reason was we were not comfortable with the storage issues, especially because of domestic political fallout. It was easier to get rid of them before we faced some kind of environmental problem. Experts all say we can ressurect the chem weapons program quite easily if we wanted to.
43 posted on 03/10/2003 6:30:12 AM PST by ought-six
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To: maquiladora
Dime to donuts that the gear and kits are for the Republican Guard only. The grunt Iraqi soldiers will be sacrificed- which is another reason why they seem to be defecting in large numbers already.
44 posted on 03/10/2003 6:38:29 AM PST by rintense (Go Get 'Em Dubya!)
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To: Cap Huff
Many people assume Saddam Hussein has used chemical weapons only once or twice. The popular image is that of a dead Kurdish woman and her infant child lying near a street gutter in the town of Halajba. And it is true that Iraqi forces killed more than 5000 Kurds with checmial weapons in that particular attack.

But Saddam Husesein has used chemical weapons far more often and freely than many people suppose. In Iraq's long war with Iran in the 1980s chemical wepaons were often his weapon of choice. He has used them hundreds of times, almost always as offensive weapons. Chemical attacks are one of the few military operations his otherwise incompetent soldiers and airmen have developed a knack for.

45 posted on 03/10/2003 6:42:05 AM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: maquiladora
The "defector" was a plant to scare us...
46 posted on 03/10/2003 6:43:57 AM PST by Pharmboy (Dems lie 'cause they have to)
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To: maquiladora
Who sold the drones?
47 posted on 03/10/2003 6:53:28 AM PST by Publius6961 (p>)
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To: maquiladora
"When it is time for war we are fully prepared to fight into the ground. If we don't fight hard, they will execute us," he said.

Damned if they do, damned if they don't. It's a bitch to be an Iraqi.

48 posted on 03/10/2003 6:54:06 AM PST by concerned about politics (Saddam needs a check up from the neck up.)
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To: Kevin Curry
Your absolutely right about the fact that S.H. has used chem weapons many times and that they have had experience. We can be sure he has the means and the will to do so again. Our guys know this in greater detail than must of us on FR. That is why I have to wonder what psychological effect he thinks will benefit him by sending over a a young guy to tell us what we already know. If this is psyops there has to be a reasonable benefit, and I have difficulty seeing what that might be. I wouldn't rule out psyops, but I tend to think this is legit.
49 posted on 03/10/2003 7:04:09 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Cap Huff
That is exactly how I see it. If this is all the defector is telling us, he is telling us nothing we do not already know--and are fully prepared for.

If he is telling us anything new, our interrogators are likely keeping it close-hold.

50 posted on 03/10/2003 7:07:20 AM PST by Kevin Curry
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