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Report: U.S suspects Iraqi WMD in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley
Drudge via World Tribune ^ | Monday, August 25, 2003

Posted on 08/25/2003 12:12:28 PM PDT by RoughDobermann

U.S. intelligence suspects Iraq's weapons of mass destruction have finally been located.

Unfortunately, getting to them will be nearly impossible for the United States and its allies, because the containers with the strategic materials are not in Iraq.

Instead they are located in Lebanon's heavily-fortified Bekaa Valley, swarming with Iranian and Syrian forces, and Hizbullah and ex-Iraqi agents, Geostrategy-Direct.com will report in tomorrow's new weekly edition.

U.S. intelligence first identified a stream of tractor-trailer trucks moving from Iraq to Syria to Lebaon in January 2003. The significance of this sighting did not register on the CIA at the time.

U.S. intelligence sources believe the area contains extended-range Scud-based missiles and parts for chemical and biological warheads.

Mutually-lucrative Iraqi-Syrian arms transactions are nothing new. Firas Tlas, son of Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlas, has been the key to Syria's rogue alliance with Iraq. He and Assad made hundreds of millions of dollars selling weapons, oil and drugs to and from Iraq, according to the May 13, 2003 edition of Geostrategy-Direct.com.

The CIA now believes a multi-million dollar deal between Iraq and Syria provided for the hiding and safekeeping of Saddam's strategic weapons.

Not surprisingly, U.S. inquiries in Beirut and Syria are being met with little substantive response, U.S. officials said.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bekaa; bekaavalley; iraq; israel; lebanon; mohammedanism082003; saddam; syria; wmd; wot
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1 posted on 08/25/2003 12:12:29 PM PDT by RoughDobermann
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To: RoughDobermann
MOAB bump!
2 posted on 08/25/2003 12:13:53 PM PDT by labowski
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To: RoughDobermann
In time, the truth will out...
3 posted on 08/25/2003 12:14:44 PM PDT by eureka! (Rats and Presstitutes lie--they have to in order to survive.....)
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To: RoughDobermann

4 posted on 08/25/2003 12:14:57 PM PDT by Quilla
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To: eureka!
Patience is required.
5 posted on 08/25/2003 12:17:30 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: RoughDobermann; JohnGalt; sheltonmac; Burkeman1
U.S. intelligence first identified a stream of tractor-trailer trucks moving from Iraq to Syria to Lebaon in January 2003. The significance of this sighting did not register on the CIA at the time.

LOL!! I guess the rhetoric for Project Bomb Syria wasn't going over very well lately. What to do, what to do? I know, they've got WMDs!!! Personally I figured they were going to be in Iran next...

6 posted on 08/25/2003 12:17:50 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: RoughDobermann
U.S. intelligence first identified a stream of tractor-trailer trucks moving from Iraq to Syria to Lebaon in January 2003. The significance of this sighting did not register on the CIA at the time.

Yeah, sure it didn't...

7 posted on 08/25/2003 12:17:51 PM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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To: labowski
Agreed. Lob a MOAB or Three into the valley and see what blowed up!
8 posted on 08/25/2003 12:18:37 PM PDT by b4its2late (Hoping this gets me on the Taglinus FreeRepublicus (21th Edition) list!)
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To: RoughDobermann
"Unfortunately, getting to them will be nearly impossible for the United States and its allies,..."

Gee... I wonder if we have a friend in that area that would have no qualms about taking them out ?
9 posted on 08/25/2003 12:19:31 PM PDT by RS (nc)
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To: RoughDobermann
Actually, DEBKA claimed this a few months ago.
10 posted on 08/25/2003 12:19:43 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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To: swarthyguy
Actually, DEBKA claimed this a few months ago

You know the old saying about a stopped clock, right? ;-)

11 posted on 08/25/2003 12:20:36 PM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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To: RoughDobermann
getting to them will be nearly impossible for the United States

And why is that?

12 posted on 08/25/2003 12:20:46 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: RoughDobermann
THe signifigence didn't register??

Why hasn't Bush seriously overhauled the CIA?

What did they think those guys were hauling. Three years worth of Islamic Jihad Keg Party Fodder? Our intelligence agencies, whether run by Dems or GOPers, are apallingly bad. They spy worse than I spell.
13 posted on 08/25/2003 12:21:03 PM PDT by .cnI redruM (Nothing Is More Vile Than A BLowhard With Halitosis! - redruM)
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To: RoughDobermann
"Unfortunately, getting to them will be nearly impossible for the United States and its allies, because the containers with the strategic materials are not in Iraq."

Faulty logic here, methinks. If we become very SURE that is where the materiel was secreted to, I think we'll get to them easily.

"U.S. intelligence first identified a stream of tractor-trailer trucks moving from Iraq to Syria to Lebaon in January 2003. The significance of this sighting did not register on the CIA at the time."

In the post-9/11 world as of January of 2003, and the CIA didn't think this was significant? Not bloody likely.

"U.S. intelligence sources believe the area contains
The CIA now believes a multi-million dollar deal between Iraq and Syria provided for the hiding and safekeeping of Saddam's strategic weapons."

If true, Syria should duck and cover.
14 posted on 08/25/2003 12:21:09 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: RoughDobermann
U.S. intelligence first identified a stream of tractor-trailer trucks moving from Iraq to Syria to Lebaon in January 2003. The significance of this sighting did not register on the CIA at the time.

I find that hard to believe.I think we knew early on they were moving this stuff out.

15 posted on 08/25/2003 12:21:22 PM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: finnman69
LOL! See 7.
16 posted on 08/25/2003 12:22:02 PM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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To: finnman69
of course we knew, we just waited and watched till they went to the place where the really really bad guys congregate. Now we will see what we are made of.
17 posted on 08/25/2003 12:23:58 PM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: finnman69
If I was a battlefield commander, I would be pretty pleased to know that such stuff was being trucked at least a little to the outskirts of the theatre. And Saddam probably thought we wouldn't have the stones to go after it all in a country other than Iraq.

This last point may have been a wee miscalculation...
18 posted on 08/25/2003 12:24:15 PM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: billbears
whatever,,
19 posted on 08/25/2003 12:24:43 PM PDT by cajungirl (no)
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To: Frank_Discussion
they should do more than duck and cover
they may need to leave the area completely
nuclear waste takes a long time to disapate

Big Bang Bump.....
20 posted on 08/25/2003 12:24:46 PM PDT by vin-one (I wish i had something clever to put in this tag)
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To: labowski
YEAH, That's what I was thinking too.
21 posted on 08/25/2003 12:25:16 PM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: RoughDobermann
DEBKA reported this in the weeks before the war.
22 posted on 08/25/2003 12:25:28 PM PDT by adam_az (.)
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To: RoughDobermann
Unfortunately, getting to them will be nearly impossible for the United States and its allies, because the containers with the strategic materials are not in Iraq.

As if we all couldn't see this latest excuse for not producing a single WMD coming from a mile away. Isn't this where we came in on this? We know they have them but can't prove it. Too funny.

Richard W.

23 posted on 08/25/2003 12:26:00 PM PDT by arete (Greenspan is a ruling class elitist and closet socialist who is destroying the economy)
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To: RoughDobermann
Instead they are located in Lebanon's heavily-fortified Bekaa Valley, swarming with Iranian and Syrian forces, and Hizbullah and ex-Iraqi agents, Geostrategy-Direct.com will report in tomorrow's new weekly edition.

I wonder what excuse the French will about this?

24 posted on 08/25/2003 12:26:54 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: .cnI redruM
Sadly, as much of a bunch of f#@k-ups as they are, they are better than nothing which is what the alternative is. You can't reform the CIA without deciding to go deaf in intelligence management for the period of transition.
25 posted on 08/25/2003 12:27:08 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Willie Green for President...)
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To: RoughDobermann; Poohbah; section9; BOBTHENAILER; Dog; Grampa Dave; Chancellor Palpatine
If this is true, then Bashir Assad has made the last mistake of his life.
26 posted on 08/25/2003 12:27:26 PM PDT by hchutch (The National League needs to adopt the designated hitter rule.)
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To: cajungirl
Don't hold your breath. I think we're done warring for a while.
27 posted on 08/25/2003 12:27:57 PM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Willie Green for President...)
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To: billbears
LOL!! I guess the rhetoric for Project Bomb Syria wasn't going over very well lately. What to do, what to do? I know, they've got WMDs!!! Personally I figured they were going to be in Iran next...

We will remain one step behind as the WMDs travel throughout the Arab lands (and France).

28 posted on 08/25/2003 12:28:22 PM PDT by Starrgaizr
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To: hchutch
If this is true, then Bashir Assad has made the last mistake of his life.

Leave the gun, take the canneloni.

29 posted on 08/25/2003 12:28:35 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women.)
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To: RoughDobermann
Wow. All those bad guys concentrated in such a small area.
Interesting....
30 posted on 08/25/2003 12:28:38 PM PDT by SolutionsOnly
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To: arete
As if we all couldn't see this latest excuse for not producing a single WMD coming from a mile away

Since Iraq has used and, therefore, at the very least DID at one point have WMDs, I think I'll be more patient before I cast judgement, thanks.

31 posted on 08/25/2003 12:28:59 PM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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The significance of this sighting did not register on the CIA at the time.

George Tenet is Col. Flagg.


32 posted on 08/25/2003 12:30:46 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Poohbah
One side benefit to this: When we go in on our WMD hunt, we can settle an old score as well. I believe Hezbollah hangs out in Lebanon.
33 posted on 08/25/2003 12:30:50 PM PDT by hchutch (The National League needs to adopt the designated hitter rule.)
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To: billbears
What is this "U.S. intelligence" the article talks about?
34 posted on 08/25/2003 12:30:55 PM PDT by sheltonmac
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To: RoughDobermann
"U.S. intelligence first identified a stream of tractor-trailer trucks moving from Iraq to Syria to Lebaon in January 2003. The significance of this sighting did not register on the CIA at the time."

WTF? - Alert!

35 posted on 08/25/2003 12:31:04 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (This Islamo-fascism has been brought to you by Saudi Arabia!)
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To: RoughDobermann
Give the nod to Israel. The residue will clear the valley for many years to come and provide a nice contaminated buffer.
36 posted on 08/25/2003 12:31:06 PM PDT by TUX
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To: hchutch
If this is true, then Bashir Assad has made the last mistake of his life

You're right .. it's not a very bright move

37 posted on 08/25/2003 12:32:16 PM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: Frank_Discussion
Chrological US Marine History in Lebanon

The Arab Street didn't think we were going to get involved in Lebanon back in 1982 but we did. They've got a terrible track record predicting the actions of Republican Presidents.

38 posted on 08/25/2003 12:32:30 PM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: Starrgaizr
Heh, heh...

Good one!
39 posted on 08/25/2003 12:33:01 PM PDT by RobRoy
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To: billbears
I'm pretty sure almost every muslim counrty has WMD and needs to be bombed.
40 posted on 08/25/2003 12:33:05 PM PDT by Rome2000 (McClintock is a megalomaniac with delusions of Ralph Naderism)
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To: RoughDobermann
"U.S. intelligence first identified a stream of tractor-trailer trucks moving from Iraq to Syria to Lebaon in January 2003. The significance of this sighting did not register on the CIA at the time"

I find that hard to believe.

41 posted on 08/25/2003 12:34:59 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: cajungirl
Not whatever. Conservatives should be asking why? Why do we continue to accept excuse after excuse from this or any other administration for wars based on misleading intelligence? We were told WMDs were there and it was of utmost importance to get there and force Hussein out of power so he couldn't use them. They searched for months, Kay comes out and promises he may tell us something in September. US troops have caught almost all of the 'deck of cards' folks and still nothing.

Then all of the sudden, out of the blue, 'intelligence' reports tell us, 'oops, they were moved four months before the war but we just didn't know why all those transfer trucks were moving'? What did they think it was?!?

42 posted on 08/25/2003 12:35:16 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: All
What's chilling is just how close the Bekka Valley is to Israel. It's in the northwestern area of Lebanon, but its a LOT closer to Israel than Iraq!

"I will drive the northern army far from you,
pushing it into a parched and barren land,
with its front columns going into the eastern sea.
And its stench will go up;
it's smell will rise."
Surely he has done great things.

- The Lord's answer to to Israel
Joel 2:20

43 posted on 08/25/2003 12:35:26 PM PDT by Kieri
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To: hchutch
Bashir Assad has made the last mistake of his life.

Great Line.

44 posted on 08/25/2003 12:35:31 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in groups or whole armies.....we don't care how we getcha, but we will)
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45 posted on 08/25/2003 12:35:44 PM PDT by kidd
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To: TUX
Worse, Hezbollah will choose to use them in the next suicide belts they manufacture destined for Jerusalem.
47 posted on 08/25/2003 12:37:09 PM PDT by Adder
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To: RoughDobermann
U.S. intelligence suspects Iraq's weapons of mass destruction have finally been located.

"Suspects"? That inspires confidence. Well, I'm waiting to see if the govt will try to run with this one, and how they'll try to convince us that this time they're really sure.

48 posted on 08/25/2003 12:37:43 PM PDT by alpowolf
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To: RoughDobermann
Bekaa Valley has been a training ground and base-of-operations for terrorism for at least 30 years. I'd say that burning the whole dang valley to the ground would *not* be a bad thing, considering the fact that most of the residents of said valley are terrorist groups...
49 posted on 08/25/2003 12:38:58 PM PDT by detsaoT (This tag line left intentionally blank: [ ])
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To: TUX
Won't work. We need to get the WMD's intact out of there.
50 posted on 08/25/2003 12:39:26 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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