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Chemical Plant Found
Sky News ^

Posted on 03/23/2003 5:41:26 PM PST by rhombus

'CHEMICAL PLANT FOUND'

A huge chemical weapons factory has been found in Iraq, according to Pentagon sources.

The facility was found by advancing US troops in An Najaf, around 100 miles south of Baghdad, the sources say.

The general in charge of the factory was arrested by the 1st Brigade of the Third Infantry division and is being questioned, the sources said.

An unconfirmed report by Fox news said the complex is around 100-acres, adjacent to military barracks and surrounded by an electric fence.

Sky News Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said if the claims are substantiated they will in part vindicate President Bush and Prime Minister Blair.

They have argued the case for war against Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein had banned weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological weapons.

The Iraqi regime has always denied this and UN weapons inspectors sent back into the country at the end of last year failed to find any evidence to suggest otherwise.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: illegalweapons; roadtobaghdad
Sky News Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said if the claims are substantiated they will in part vindicate President Bush and Prime Minister Blair.

In part!!!! Get a clue!

1 posted on 03/23/2003 5:41:27 PM PST by rhombus
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To: rhombus
Paging Hans Blix
2 posted on 03/23/2003 5:44:17 PM PST by MJY1288 (We're Rolling)
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To: rhombus
UN completely unaware of it.....
3 posted on 03/23/2003 5:44:34 PM PST by Bulldogs22
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To: rhombus
It's not a chemical plant, it's a chocolate chip cookie factory.
4 posted on 03/23/2003 5:44:43 PM PST by Thoro
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To: rhombus
Can't be weapons. Blix and Cherac (sp?) assure us that Iraq has no such! Perhaps they'd be willing to go in and sniff around to identify the chemicals.
5 posted on 03/23/2003 5:44:44 PM PST by night reader
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To: rhombus
Justification is a moving target. The French moved the goalposts after resolution 1441. Doubtless they will move it again. If the US found ovens and gaschambers in Baghdad, the French will point out that the corpses were uneaten.
6 posted on 03/23/2003 5:46:00 PM PST by wretchard
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To: rhombus
Hans Blix:

"Zis vas only 100 acres....It vas so small.....How could ve know anyting about it?"
7 posted on 03/23/2003 5:46:48 PM PST by Republic If You Can Keep It
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To: rhombus
I wonder how the libs are going to spin this!
8 posted on 03/23/2003 5:48:22 PM PST by vigilante2
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To: Republic If You Can Keep It
Hans and his boys were not looking for anything that large. Isn't chemicals and germs small????? When confronted Hans stated that hedid have some directions in his pocket, but his dog ate them before he left that morning.
9 posted on 03/23/2003 5:49:04 PM PST by YOMO
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To: rhombus
Best news of the day by a wide margin (even if you're a Butler Univ. alum).
10 posted on 03/23/2003 5:49:12 PM PST by alancarp (anti-Hollywood idiots petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/hollywoodceleb/)
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To: rhombus
Gee, the inspectors were in Iraq for 12 years and didn't find anything. The military is there for 48 hours and already we're finding the facilities the inspectors couldn't find.

There is going to be much, much more than this in the coming weeks.

11 posted on 03/23/2003 5:49:30 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: wretchard
the French will point out that the corpses were uneaten.

Would be funny if it weren't so true.

12 posted on 03/23/2003 5:49:39 PM PST by livius
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To: rhombus
Can't wait to see the manufacturers serial number plates on the machinery.
13 posted on 03/23/2003 5:50:09 PM PST by Mark Felton
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To: rhombus
Statement by Hans Blix "This is important development and I'm expecting a explanation from the Iraqi Goverment soon."
14 posted on 03/23/2003 5:50:12 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: MJY1288
A small oversight on Hans' part.
15 posted on 03/23/2003 5:50:15 PM PST by McLynnan
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To: vigilante2
The libs will say we are violating the Geneva Conventions by questioning the General. They won't care what the plant produced.
16 posted on 03/23/2003 5:50:20 PM PST by Enterprise
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To: Republic If You Can Keep It
"Zis vas only 100 acres....It vas so small.....How could ve know anyting about it?"

You just gotta love American and British engineers - it only took them 4 days to build and stock a 100-acre chemical weapons facility in Iraq so they could frame poor little Saddam.

17 posted on 03/23/2003 5:51:41 PM PST by CFC__VRWC
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To: rhombus
Just goes to show that 250,000 inspectors are better than a dozen inspectors.
18 posted on 03/23/2003 5:51:52 PM PST by watchin
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To: MJY1288
Maybe you could also page Tommie Daschle, Ted Kennedy and Scottie Ritter.
19 posted on 03/23/2003 5:51:57 PM PST by Seniram US
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To: rhombus
Hans Blix: "We were told it was a Baby Milk factory..."
20 posted on 03/23/2003 5:52:09 PM PST by ptlurking
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To: rhombus
I'm sure Peter Arnett will be there tomorrow explaining it all away as a "Baby Milk Factory".
21 posted on 03/23/2003 5:52:46 PM PST by putupjob
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To: night reader
Can't be weapons. Blix and Cherac (sp?) assure us that Iraq has no such!

It all depends on what the meaning of the word "weapons" is.

22 posted on 03/23/2003 5:53:32 PM PST by Euro-American Scum
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To: Enterprise
MSNBC is tripping all over themselves, emphasizing that this is a "CHEMICAL" facility, and not necessarily a "CHEMICAL WEAPONS" facility. Chris Wallace pointedly said that "We don't have confirmation that weapons were produced here."

Hey, Chris! Why is a friggin' GENERAL in charge of the place? And why is it ON A MILITARY facility?

23 posted on 03/23/2003 5:54:01 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: rhombus
We are witnessing a new military options mode "Inspection in Force"
24 posted on 03/23/2003 5:54:09 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: rhombus
We are witnessing a new military options mode "Inspection in Force"
25 posted on 03/23/2003 5:54:24 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: rhombus
This article says An Najaf is "around 100 miles south of Baghdad."

But THIS ARTICLE says "...the Iraqi city of An Najaf, which is situated some 225 miles south of Baghdad."

So which is it?

I hate the "fog of war."

26 posted on 03/23/2003 5:54:56 PM PST by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: rhombus
The materials purchase records, names of suppliers and packaging slips will be contained in the accounting records within the facility.
27 posted on 03/23/2003 5:54:57 PM PST by Enough is ENOUGH
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To: Seniram US
Yes... And all the usefull idiots in the anti-war crowd as well
28 posted on 03/23/2003 5:55:32 PM PST by MJY1288 (We're Rolling)
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To: rhombus
Free Republic Scoop earlier today by Freedom Poster via the Jerusalem Post

They've got the goods.

29 posted on 03/23/2003 5:55:45 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Enterprise
they have all the answers don't they!
30 posted on 03/23/2003 5:56:07 PM PST by vigilante2
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To: putupjob
It depends on what your definition of chemical is is is is is is
31 posted on 03/23/2003 5:56:36 PM PST by al baby
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To: rhombus
100 acres-- we want to know who worked there, where they are now, what they produced there, what foreign firms supplied the banned machinery in use there, and who provided the chemical precursors they used.

nouvelles terribles pour le Français
32 posted on 03/23/2003 5:56:49 PM PST by zipper
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To: sinkspur
They camoflouge KY production facilities in Iraq?
33 posted on 03/23/2003 5:56:51 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Seniram US
Maybe you could also page Tommie Daschle, Ted Kennedy and Scottie Ritter.

I tried, but Teddy was already sleeping off today's drunk, and Scotty was in a hurry to get down to the local Burger King. As for Tiny Tommy,


"I'm deeply saddened and troubled by this."

34 posted on 03/23/2003 5:57:25 PM PST by CFC__VRWC
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To: rhombus

BUMP!


35 posted on 03/23/2003 5:59:21 PM PST by JavaTheHutt (It's a dog eat dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!)
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To: rhombus
Every Iraqi who tortured Americans taken as POWs should be required to test these chemicals in an enclosed room with Blix and Chiraq present to ensure that such chemicals are harmless. Throw in Peter Jennings, Gunga Dan and a few other journalists just to provide independent verification. We will believe the results of such testing.
36 posted on 03/23/2003 5:59:29 PM PST by Young Rhino
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To: Illbay
I'm looking at a map...I'd say 90 miles...
37 posted on 03/23/2003 6:01:22 PM PST by Keith
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To: rhombus
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. This plant LOOKS suspicious, but it hasn't been proved yet that it was making chem weapons.
38 posted on 03/23/2003 6:05:06 PM PST by ArcLight
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To: sinkspur
Hey, Chris! Why is a friggin' GENERAL in charge of the place? And why is it ON A MILITARY facility?

Chrissy needs to listen to Fox - they're giving out all kinds of info on this place, mentioning things like the barracks, the berm and the electric fence surrounding it, as well as the efforts made to camoflage it from the air.

I had no idea that industrial espionage was such a problem - must be some really special baby milk being made there. </sarcasm>

39 posted on 03/23/2003 6:07:36 PM PST by CFC__VRWC
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To: vigilante2
Baby formula.
40 posted on 03/23/2003 6:18:00 PM PST by BenLurkin (Free Republic is good for America.)
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To: Natural Law
This morning President George Bush has made an announcement that we will not attack Iraq as previously indicateded. He announced that as of today he wants to give inspections a last chance and is agreeing to additional inspectors to be deployed throughout the country of Iraq. Therefore, he will be sending 250,000 additional inspectors into Iraq. Among the additional inspectors are:


* 50,000 members of the 1st Infantry Division
* 30,000 members of the 101st Airborne Division
* 30,000 members of the Marine Special Amphibious Forces
* 5,000 members of the Navy Seals
* 10,000 members of the 4th armored division with their " M1-A1 all terrain vehicles"
* Special air deliveries to aid the inspections will be made by aircraft from the USS Constellation, USS George Washington, USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Enterprise.


The President stated, "With these additional inspectors the inspections should be completed now in just a few weeks."


There were no comments from Hans Blix, or the Security Council members of the United Nations.
41 posted on 03/23/2003 6:20:29 PM PST by ABC123
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To: MJY1288
how did they miss a 100 acre chemical weapons plant???
42 posted on 03/23/2003 6:22:33 PM PST by kellymac2u
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To: CFC__VRWC
RIGHT ON!!!
43 posted on 03/23/2003 6:24:51 PM PST by crazykatz
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To: rhombus

44 posted on 03/23/2003 6:25:03 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Young Rhino
I'm reminded of the 1960's Man from UNCLE episode The Arabian Affair, where a chemical weapons plant was hidden in the desert, disguised as a sand dune. At the beginning of the show they put a "test subject" into a glass-walled room and let the chemical loose, still chilling to recall. The more I think about it, the TV show was exactly right, thirty-plus years ahead of its time.
45 posted on 03/23/2003 6:39:45 PM PST by Moonmad27 ("Run free, Samurai Jack")
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To: vigilante2
There are some times when the stupidity of some of the media people is beyond belief.
46 posted on 03/23/2003 6:43:01 PM PST by Enterprise
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To: sinkspur
In a time of war, when the troops are needed to be available to kill Americans, it would make no sense at all to have a General in chage of a generic chemicals producing plant. There are two things which this would indicate. If it was a generic chemicals plant, and it was camouflaged, the General and his troops were cowards and were hiding there to try to sit out the war. Otherwise, it is what we believe it is, and we will soon have the information on what the plant contains, or has produced.
47 posted on 03/23/2003 6:49:54 PM PST by Enterprise
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To: rhombus
Original article in The Jerusalem Post

Mar. 24, 2003
US TROOPS CAPTURE CHEMICAL PLANT
By CAROLINE GLICK

About 30 Iraqi troops, including a general, surrendered today to US forces of the 3rd Infantry Division as they overtook huge installation apparently used to produce chemical weapons in An Najaf, some 150 kilometers (90 miles) south of Baghdad.

Asked to confirm The Jerusalem Post's exclusive coverage of this development, US Lt. Gen. John Abizaid, Deputy Commander of Central Command, told reporters: "I'm not going to confirm that report, but we have one or two generals officers who are providing us with information."

One soldier was lightly wounded when a booby-trapped explosive went off as he was clearing the sheet metal-lined chemical weapons production facility.

The huge 100-acre complex, which is surrounded by a electrical fence, is perhaps the first illegal chemical plant to be uncovered by US troops in their current mission in Iraq. The surrounding barracks resemble an abandoned slum.

It wasn't immediately clear exactly which chemicals were being produced here, but clearly the Iraqis tried to camouflage the facility so it could not be photographed aerially, by swathing it in sand-cast walls to make it look like the surrounding desert.

Within minutes of our entry into the camp on Sunday afternoon, at least 30 Iraqi soldiers and their commanding officer of the rank of General, obeyed the instructions of US soldiers who called out from our jeep in loudspeakers for them to lie down on the ground, and put their hands above their heads to surrender.

Today's operation is the third engagement with Iraqi forces by the First Brigade of the US army's 3rd Infantry Division, since Saturday afternoon.

So far in the campaign, the brigade has suffered no losses. But two were wounded Saturday night in an ambush on the outskirts of As-Samwah in southern Iraq.

48 posted on 03/23/2003 6:51:59 PM PST by Plutarch
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