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Third Infantry Finds Chemical Weapons
CBN News ^ | March 26, 2003 | Paul Strand CBN News War Correspondent

Posted on 03/26/2003 12:45:20 PM PST by Freedomsfriend

"What I just heard from a highly placed source here is that they've discovered, they've captured chemical warheads, they're Russian, they have Russian writing all over them and they are chemical warheads."

CBN.com – The Third Infantry Division has captured evidence of chemical weapons as they are fighting Iraq’s Republican Guard just 60 miles south of Baghdad. The evidence has yet to be confirmed, but CBN News War Correspondent Paul Strand delivered this exclusive information by satellite phone early Wednesday. PAT ROBERTSON: We are going to our CBN News War Correspondent Paul Strand, embedded with the Army's Third Infantry Division. That's the spearhead of the attack against Baghdad. Paul, we understand you have some shocking news about chemical warheads. Tell us about it.

PAUL STRAND: Yes, Pat, I do. First of all, I hope you can hear me because I am out in that raging sandstorm and it’s hard to hear you. I hope you hear me okay. What I just heard from a highly placed source here is that they've discovered, they've captured chemical warheads, they're Russian, they have Russian writing all over them and they are chemical warheads. Of course, they can't get into them and find out if there’s chemicals because once they open them they'd all die right there on the spot. But they're gonna ship them off for testing.

They also captured a launcher that was able to shoot these very munitions that they've captured. And they’ve captured a man who mixes the chemicals, that was his job with the Medina Division which is the division we're facing right now near the city of Karbala. So all these things leading the military here to believe we might have been hit by chemical shells any time now, and we're not sure we've got them all. So those are the developments here near Karbala about 60 miles south of Baghdad.

ROBERTSON: Paul, I can hear you loud and clear, so don't worry about that. Let me ask you this, are these the type of weapons of mass destruction that has been talked about so much by President Bush?

STRAND: I’m not sure, Pat. I’ve told you just everything I heard. It happened just a few minutes ago. I would think this is definitely the smoking gun. It’s so strange, because the joke before this war was that Saddam says, "I have no chemical weapons, and if you invade I will use them on you." And now we find out they’re right out there with the frontline troops.

And another disturbing thing I heard a few days ago, was that he has pushed the level of authority for using these weapons down to the commander level. Not up around him, but the very commanders out on the line, they can use these things, they can choose to use them. So that means young officers have the orders now that they can go ahead and use these things if they feel like they are about to be overtaken. So that’s another disturbing development. Not only have we found the warheads, but officers out on the frontline can use them.

ROBERTSON: Paul, are you protected against this kind of thing? Will your suits do it and do you have some kind of an injection that can be used to counteract the effects of VX or whatever?

STRAND: Yes, Pat. We already, from the day we entered Iraq, we have had the suits on, the trousers and the pants, and boots, and gloves, and then we put the masks on. The mask fully protects us and the hood wraps around it tightly. And then we have in our backpacks, we have atropine we can shoot into our legs against nerve agents, we have pills to take against things like anthrax. So we’re pretty well covered. And the soldiers I have talked to seem very comfortable about getting hit with this stuff. The only thing is nobody wants to live in those masks for weeks.

ROBERTSON: Paul, I am told that the sandstorm may be the worst in recent memory, you know, in the last 17 or 18 years. Can you tell us about the sandstorm? Is it growing in intensity?

STRAND: It is about the worst weather I have ever felt in my life. Last night I was sleeping outdoors like usual, and it was so bad I jumped into a Humvee. There, with all of the windows closed and everything, the Humvee just filled with sand, there was so much sand it just came in through the little air holes or whatever. And the wind was so strong, it felt like the Humvee would get picked up and thrown over — and you know, Humvees are big, strong, giant vehicles. Stuff was flying through the air, smashing into the side of the vehicle all night long. And the air is completely yellow. You can't see any normal light, you can’t see the sky. It got dark like an hour before it was supposed to. It’s just truly an amazing sandstorm.

ROBERTSON: The Iraqis are saying it’s the judgment of Allah upon the attackers. Are we finding any bright spots in it for the American troops?

STRAND: We are. The soldiers have so much gear that can operate in this kind of thing that they say actually some obscuring factors like this can help them. Now the thing is, the battle has been raging in Karbala, back and forth, so both sides seem to be still operating in this environment. But I understand if it does go away here in the next day or two, that we will just really smash ahead as hard as we can. You know, I must admit, the first thing I said when the sandstorm came in, a lieutenant and I were sitting in the Humvee with it roaring all around us, and I said, "It’s at a moment like this that a theologian asks, ‘What is God trying to tell us?’"

ROBERTSON: [laughter] Paul, I think a lot of people are going to be asking that. This is kind of a trite statement, but as they say, stay safe.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blixiespixies; cbn; embeddedreport; illegalweapons; michaeldobbs; paulstrand; wmd
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1 posted on 03/26/2003 12:45:20 PM PST by Freedomsfriend
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To: Freedomsfriend
Ignorance is Blix.
2 posted on 03/26/2003 12:46:39 PM PST by Maedhros (I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.)
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To: Freedomsfriend
Impossible. If Iraq has chemical weapons, why didn't the UN inspectors find them?
3 posted on 03/26/2003 12:47:29 PM PST by Dimensio
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To: Freedomsfriend; Grampa Dave
"What I just heard from a highly placed source here is that they've discovered, they've captured chemical warheads, they're Russian, they have Russian writing all over them and they are chemical warheads."

IF this is true, one hell of a shoe just dropped.

4 posted on 03/26/2003 12:47:55 PM PST by xJones (I)
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To: Freedomsfriend
Sure would like confirmation from other source.
5 posted on 03/26/2003 12:48:01 PM PST by MindBender26 (... and for more news as it happens, stay tuned to your FReeper station.)
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To: Freedomsfriend
whats CBN news?
6 posted on 03/26/2003 12:48:09 PM PST by finnman69
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To: Freedomsfriend
The plot thickens...
7 posted on 03/26/2003 12:48:25 PM PST by MrConfettiMan
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To: xJones
I've maintained all along that the anti-war countries don't want us to find all the stuff Saddam ain't supposed to have cuz it's all got 'Made in Russia/China/France/Germany' written on it.
8 posted on 03/26/2003 12:48:51 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Freedomsfriend
If true, load them on cruise missiles and return to Moscow, attn: Vlad/Russian Mafafi/KGB thugs/War Criminals.

Then, let the Chechnians have the rest!
9 posted on 03/26/2003 12:48:53 PM PST by Grampa Dave ("Those who are kind to the cruel end up being cruel to the kind")
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To: MindBender26
Bump to that.
10 posted on 03/26/2003 12:49:04 PM PST by michigander
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To: Freedomsfriend
CBN? 700 Club for HARD NEWS? Sorry to be skeptical, but I've heard this several times before....
11 posted on 03/26/2003 12:49:21 PM PST by sam_paine
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To: finnman69
Chistian Broadcast Network ...I watch it, it is usually very reliable.
12 posted on 03/26/2003 12:49:24 PM PST by bluecollarman
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To: finnman69
Christian Broadcasting Network - Pat Robertson's organization
13 posted on 03/26/2003 12:49:25 PM PST by alancarp (anti-Hollywood idiots petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/hollywoodceleb/)
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To: Freedomsfriend
With respect, I think I'll wait for a bit more information.

"IF it ain't on Fox, I'm not buyin' it..."
14 posted on 03/26/2003 12:49:29 PM PST by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: finnman69
Christian Broadcasting Network
15 posted on 03/26/2003 12:49:36 PM PST by Califelephant
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To: Freedomsfriend
The shells were marked "Poisinski gaski, for use against Amerikanski imperialists."
16 posted on 03/26/2003 12:49:38 PM PST by Enterprise
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To: Freedomsfriend
I'll wait on confirmation.I get all excited about something and then it's shot down.
17 posted on 03/26/2003 12:49:38 PM PST by MEG33
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To: Freedomsfriend
Makes me want to lob those shells back towards Baghdad.

The Russians are certainly capable of mixing up much more potent stuff than mustard gas--like VX, or, I hear, the even more deadly Novichok.

18 posted on 03/26/2003 12:49:45 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: finnman69
Christian Broadcasting Network.... First "Jerusalem Post finds Chemical Plant," now this.
19 posted on 03/26/2003 12:50:18 PM PST by sam_paine
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To: Freedomsfriend
bttt
20 posted on 03/26/2003 12:50:21 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Freedomsfriend
If we had given Blix more time... Would 12 years be enough?
21 posted on 03/26/2003 12:50:27 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Freedomsfriend
Oh my....
22 posted on 03/26/2003 12:51:02 PM PST by ksen (HHD)
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To: sam_paine
Good for CBN.

Should take Chirac, Schroeder, Blix, and put them in a room with a shell. Pop the top and ask them again about chemical weapons before they die.
23 posted on 03/26/2003 12:51:03 PM PST by Stopislamnow (Because tomorrow we'll all be dead and won't be able to)
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To: Freedomsfriend
Definately looking for confirmation on this one. Been burned once too often. Good post, though. Now I'll know to look for further reports.
24 posted on 03/26/2003 12:51:05 PM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: sam_paine
Yeah.

Personally I'll wait for a Doha or Pentagon briefing myself.
25 posted on 03/26/2003 12:51:10 PM PST by John H K
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To: finnman69
Christian Broadcasting Network (Pat Robertson, 700 Club, etc.)

Æ
26 posted on 03/26/2003 12:51:32 PM PST by AgentEcho (If you're in a fair fight you've done something wrong.)
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To: finnman69
700 club. Pat Robertson. 0 Credibility for any leftie newsclone. Of course, any professed christian has near zero credibility and intelligence with them. See GWB.
27 posted on 03/26/2003 12:51:47 PM PST by epluribus_2
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To: Freedomsfriend
I just got off the phone with Mr. Blix and Mr. Putin. Apparently those were not chemical shells, those were cans of Russian Caviar. Sorry to disappoint everyone. (/kidding around)
28 posted on 03/26/2003 12:51:55 PM PST by Rammer
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To: Freedomsfriend
Hmmmmm.

I live for the day that CentCom announces this.
29 posted on 03/26/2003 12:52:04 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (Let's Roll)
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To: finnman69
CBN = Christian Broadcat Network.

LINK TO CBN

30 posted on 03/26/2003 12:52:10 PM PST by KriegerGeist ("In war there is no substitute for victory" General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: Freedomsfriend
confirmation?
31 posted on 03/26/2003 12:52:12 PM PST by camle (no camle jokes, please...OK, maybe one little one)
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To: Black Agnes
Made in Russia

Is there no doubt that Russia is an enemy of this country and for us to ever send them another dollar from the American people is as stupid as electing a democrat.

Instead we should stop all trade with them and China.
32 posted on 03/26/2003 12:52:38 PM PST by TLBSHOW (The gift is to see the truth......)
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To: Freedomsfriend
Chemical? Blix thought he was supposed to find Comical weapons... no wonder he couldn't find any.
33 posted on 03/26/2003 12:52:40 PM PST by bedolido
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To: Freedomsfriend
Actually, this "Judgement of Allah" is going to quickly turn into something else. Cooler weather with strong winds will make it easier for the Americans to deal with any chemical weapons the Iraqis try to drop on them. And the rain will probably help the desert bloom, a real sign of what's going on.
34 posted on 03/26/2003 12:52:42 PM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: Freedomsfriend
When Maria Grazia Cutuli was murdered by the Taliban in Afghanistan, it was right after she had discovered vials labeled "Sarin Gas" in Russian at an abandoned Taliban base. Italian journalist killed in Afghanistan.
35 posted on 03/26/2003 12:52:42 PM PST by aristeides
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To: Freedomsfriend
Sounds like a bombshell, but I will hold my applause until I see the news break somewhere else like Drudge or Fox and such.
36 posted on 03/26/2003 12:52:51 PM PST by GiveEmDubya
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To: Caipirabob
I do not know of a time CBN got it wrong...do you have any knowledge of this?
37 posted on 03/26/2003 12:52:56 PM PST by bluecollarman
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To: Freedomsfriend
Maybe the Russians want these WsMD back. Think we can drop them off in downtown Moscow?
38 posted on 03/26/2003 12:53:22 PM PST by freebilly (I think they've misunderestimated us....)
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To: Enterprise
"Poisinski gaski, for use against Amerikanski imperialists."

:-)
40 posted on 03/26/2003 12:53:28 PM PST by ezoeni
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To: xJones
Thanks for the ping. While I was posting my reply #9

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/876449/posts?page=9#9

You pinged me.

If true, this explains why some Iraqi prisoners had antibiotics for Anthrax, and those 3000 WMD uniforms were seized in the phoney hospital.
41 posted on 03/26/2003 12:53:31 PM PST by Grampa Dave ("Those who are kind to the cruel end up being cruel to the kind")
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To: Illbay
With respect, I think I'll wait for a bit more information. "IF it ain't on Fox, I'm not buyin' it..."

Always good to wait for solid facts even if you hear in on FOX due to the FOG OF WAR

42 posted on 03/26/2003 12:53:40 PM PST by Mister Baredog ((They wanted to kill 50,000 of us on 9/11, we will never forget!))
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To: Illbay
So....if Fox confirms it, will that change your regard for CBN in the future?
43 posted on 03/26/2003 12:53:41 PM PST by peeve23
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To: Maedhros
If true can you say,

UH-OH!
44 posted on 03/26/2003 12:53:52 PM PST by Connservative
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To: epluribus_2
Not to dis this site, but is it credible?
45 posted on 03/26/2003 12:53:53 PM PST by finnman69
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To: Freedomsfriend
You bet this is the worst sandstorm Iraq has seen in a long time. It's a sandstorm full of death and destruction! Kinda brings a new meaning to "Desert Storm"
46 posted on 03/26/2003 12:54:03 PM PST by rivercat
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To: Freedomsfriend
Don't let this be another dry hole.

I suddenly realized why the french offered to help if we encountered chemical weapons. They knew we would, and now they can come walzing in to participate in the spoils without taking any risks.

If GW lets them.

47 posted on 03/26/2003 12:54:06 PM PST by js1138
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To: Caipirabob
A little confirmation would be nice. It seems fairly specific, even down to the apparently cyrillic markings. That having been said, given the overall lousy news coverage performance, I would be more suprised if this turns out to be true.
48 posted on 03/26/2003 12:54:09 PM PST by Steel Wolf
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To: finnman69
CBN = Christian Broadcasting Network. Dead giveaway, Pat Robertson. I'd wait for confirmation before getting excited about the WMD.
49 posted on 03/26/2003 12:54:11 PM PST by John123
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To: epluribus_2
To be honest, Pat Robertson has zero credibility with me.

But the correspondent is embedded with the 3rd ID, so maybe....

50 posted on 03/26/2003 12:54:22 PM PST by merrin (If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.)
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