Skip to comments.Czech military reports say iraq has smallpox virus in weapons stockpile (and camelpox)
Posted on 01/26/2003 12:26:00 AM PST by chance33_98
CZECH MILITARY REPORTS SAY IRAQ HAS SMALLPOX VIRUS IN WEAPONS STOCKPILE.
High-ranking Czech officers cited by dpa on 15 January said President Hussein "very likely" possesses a dangerous strain of the smallpox virus as part of his biological-weapons stockpile. Military health-service chief Jan Petras said Iraq has a strain called Aralsk 1970, originally developed in the former Soviet Union. Petras also said it is "almost certain" that Iraq's stockpile includes a weapon-modified form of an animal disease called camelpox. He also said former Soviet biological scientists might currently be working in Iraq. (Michael Shafir)
Someone better warn Iraq and NK ... we see smallpox, we start burning nations down to the bedrock.
This is insane.
WASHINGTON TIMES.com - Opinion Editorial: "OUT OF THE VIAL" (OPINION EDITORIAL SNIPPET: "Two recent revelations argue that they also appear to be acting appropriately. The first was a CIA intelligence assessment, which adduced that four nations - Russia, North Korea, Iraq and France - almost certainly possess secret stocks of the smallpox virus. A second, unrelated disclosure revealed that Osama bin Laden dedicated money and personnel resources to procuring stocks of numerous biological and chemical agents, including smallpox.") (111402)
These are the items that Iraq should be proving that they have dismantled.
Czech intelligence has earned high regard in the intelligence community. And is it not the Czechs who are committing a couple of "decontamination" units to the Iraq invasion forces? They are highly regarded in their biowarfare expertise, as well.
Thus, such a report is somewhat disturbing...