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US studies 'Iraqi chemical war plan'
The Times (U.K.) ^ | 09/21/2002 | Shyam Bhatia

Posted on 09/20/2002 4:44:04 PM PDT by Pokey78

US intelligence experts are examining a top secret document sent to Iraqi military commanders on Saddam Hussein’s orders that appears to confirm that they have a chemical arsenal and are prepared to use it.

The 23-page military order allegedly instructs local commanders that, in the event of the Iraqi regime facing defeat in a war, the officers are free to use their own initiative and unleash chemical weapons.

Signed by the head of the Iraqi Navy, it talks of preparations that must be made for a “chemical battle” between Iraqi and US forces. It also allegedly includes details of the radio-coded messages for the use of chemical weapons.

If intelligence specialists authenticate this document, it will provide evidence that can be shown to the United Nations of how Saddam Hussein has lied about stockpiling chemical weapons and his willingness to see his forces use them. US officials have not yet decided whether to include this document in the dossier they are preparing for President Bush to show Iraq’s continuing deception over its weapons of mass destruction.

Parliament is being recalled next week when Tony Blair will reveal to MPs what British Intelligence has discovered about Saddam’s chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. It is not known if this document has been passed to British experts for analysis.

Last night a senior US official in Washington said: “We are taking this very seriously.”

He confirmed to The Times that intelligence specialists were still investigating the document and what it revealed about Saddam’s chemical capabilities.

“We are studying the contents very carefully to see what it tells us about Saddam’s military contingency planning,” the source said.

The document was handed to the White House last month when Iraqi Opposition leaders were invited to Washington.

Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, took part in the meeting on a video link from his ranch and instructed senior officials to carefully examine the intercepted military order.

Senior officials from the State and Defence Department were present at these talks.

Reportedly sent in March, it details the five military zones inside Iraq and the circumstances in which military commanders of these areas will be free to use their initiative on using the chemical weapons they have at their disposal.

It is allegedly signed by Staff Lieutenant General Yahiya Taha Huwaish, the commander of the Iraqi Navy.

Below his signature is that of Chemical Lieutenant Colonel Qasim Hamoud Slayih, Staff Chemical Officer of the naval forces.

The Iraqis are careful in the communiqué not to talk about the specific chemical toxins they have in their arsenal. Experts say the reference to “preparations” and the use of the word battle rather than attack suggests Saddam could have been readying his chemical weapons for deployment as far back as March.

One of those who attended the White House meeting in August was Dr Hamid Bayati, London representative of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution.

He was a member of his group’s three-man team led by Abdul Aziz Hakim that was part of a large Iraqi Opposition delegation who briefed Dick Cheney. They included representatives from Dr Ahmed Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress, Ayad Alawi’s Iraqi National Accord and the two Kurdish parties the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, led by Jalal Talebani, and the Kurdish Democratic Party, led by Masoud Barzani. Also present was Sharif Ali, head of the Iraqi Constitutional Monarchists group.

Dr Bayati said: “The document is marked top secret, then it says Navy Forces Command Training Department. It lists the military units this order should be distributed to.”

US officials will want to ensure the accuracy of the communiqué before using it to persuade sceptical members on the UN Security Council that it is reason not to trust Iraq over its apparent compliance with weapons inspectors.

Intelligence chiefs will also want to discover if this document provides any clues as to where these weapons might be found, which UN inspectors could then demand to visit.

Despite the efforts of UN inspectors from 1991 until they were expelled in December 1998, Saddam is believed to have secretly hidden his stores of deadly nerve gas, such as sarin and tabun, as well as mustard gas. According to Iraqi defectors, production of these three agents was resumed immediately after the expulsion of the inspectors.

What is most alarming is the addition of sufficient quantities of another and even more deadly nerve agent, VX.

“Saddam had about 250 tonnes of precursor chemicals to make VX and refused to hand them over to the UN inspectors,” said Dr Hussain Shahristani, a former chief scientific adviser to the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission who now heads the Iraqi Refugee Aid Council in London.

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To: Betty Jo
Betty Jo,

I reviewed the web page you posted. There is really nothing in the story other than allegations of document mishandling. I am looking for a description of a specific event and the type of agent in the weapon. This would permit me to evaluate the likelihood of chronic effects from such exposure.

41 posted on 09/22/2002 3:34:27 PM PDT by bonesmccoy
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To: Betty Jo
Unfortunately, too much of the GWS 'fiasco' was fictional bullshiess generated by Physicians for Peace, etc. People associated with the Green Party and with assorted disarmament groups, leftist wackos whose agenda is such they want to ban all bioweapons research worldwide- but most particularly, our research. Nonetheless, they do occasionally squeal about bioweapons made by Iraq, even though their agenda is more aligned towards destroying ours.

Dr. Meryle Nass os one of the biggest agenda-driven jokers out there on GWS. I've seen people buy into her junk left and right, seen her crapposted as 'research' even here, but she is 100% pure RED LEFT.

Some of these peckerheads testified in front of congress as 'experts,' much as Hollywood actors testify as experts and with no more credibility.

42 posted on 09/22/2002 3:39:20 PM PDT by piasa
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To: bonesmccoy; piasa; OKCSubmariner; aristeides; Fred Mertz; Uncle Bill; Travis McGee; honway; ...
I went to the trouble of finding this website for you to use as a startup.

Bones, if you are a Doc, you surely can find in your med journals all that you want.

Piasa,if you think no armed force member has Gulf War Syndrome, get thee to GAO and their fraud hotline, because military members are being paid for their illlnesses.

The Bush Pres's have a problem,the elder has to say there was no bio-chem because of the promises he made about what he would do to Sadam if he used them.The younger Bush has to pay these troops because the bio-chems were used.

And I am supposed to believe these jokers now after 9/11 and into the future of Gulf War II.

They both and all government workers who help murder Americans can go to hell.
43 posted on 09/22/2002 10:12:54 PM PDT by Betty Jo
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To: Betty Jo
Betty Jo,

I am a physician and all the medical literature has concluded that there is NO SUCH THING AS GULF WAR SYNDROME.

I've been looking for actual documented cases and have never found any. Hence, I request actual documentation of the agents and the symptoms/signs of disease. This at least permits us to evaluate the physiologic plausibility of GWS.

44 posted on 09/22/2002 10:19:34 PM PDT by bonesmccoy
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