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  • [Vanity]Looking for Old WMD ARticle

    03/15/2013 8:51:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 23 replies
    Memory | Currently | Me
    I remember that early in the Iraq war, the New York Times tried to embarrass the Bush Administration by publishing an article saying that our troops had lost some WMDs they were guarding. I've been looking for that article and several searches have not located it. Does anyone else remember that? Why can't I find it? Has the Times stricken it? Does anyone know where I might locate it?
  • OBAMA’S BLUNDER: MISSING LIBYAN SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES (Huge threat to America)

    09/28/2011 5:44:34 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 58 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 9.28.201128 | Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
    For twenty years – long before 9/11 – the danger of terrorists armed with surface to air missiles shooting at passenger planes has been the secret fear of many top political leaders. In the late 90s, a terrorist network was nabbed trying to bring them into Newark Airport, but the airline industry and the government have done nothing to equip passenger airplanes with any defense against these always deadly missiles. Now Barack Obama has committed the ultimate sin: He has let 20,000 surface-to-air missiles escape from military depots in Libya. According to ABC News “U.S. officials had once thought there...
  • Syrian Cleric Assassinated (Recruited jihadis for al-Quada in Iraq)

    09/28/2007 1:42:43 PM PDT · by harwood · 33 replies · 1,432+ views
    .." Agassi was known as "Abu Al Qaqaa"..
  • Undated Document: Change Chemical, Nuclear, And Missiles Sites for Fear of Western Attack

    04/25/2006 12:56:52 PM PDT · by jveritas · 104 replies · 6,578+ views
    This document ISGZ-2004-007589 is an undated Top Secret and Immediate memo sent by the Director of Iraqi Intelligence to the Military Industrialization Commission asking warning them about potential military attacks by the West against Nuclear, Chemical, and Long Range Missile Sites and he asked them to do what they can to hide these targets in order to prevent the air strikes from succeeding in hitting the targets . What is also interesting in this document that the Iraqi Intelligence Service obtained the information from a Double Agent who was given the information of the attack targets by Western Intelligence Services...
  • THE MENTALITY BEHIND THE MSM

    05/19/2005 7:24:17 PM PDT · by Asphalt · 21 replies · 799+ views
    RCP ^ | Thursday, May 19 2005 | Tom Bevan
    In light of the Newsweek debacle, I thought it apropos to revisit another example of the MSM's willingness to inject stories into the media bloodstream with the intent of trying to damage this president and his administration. I'm referring specifically to The New York Times and the story of Al Qaqaa.First, a little backstory. Three weeks ago I sat on a panel with Clifford May discussing new media. May cited his experience with the Al Qaqaa story as an example of the growing power and speed with which new media can analyze, critique, and rebut charges emanating from the MSM.You...
  • This Was Not Looting (How did Saddam's best weapons plants get plundered?)

    03/16/2005 6:45:02 PM PST · by Coastal · 13 replies · 889+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 15, 2005 | Christopher Hitchens
    Once again, a major story gets top billing in a mainstream paper—and is printed upside down. "Looting at Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Iraqi Says." This was how the New York Times led its front page on Sunday. According to the supporting story, Dr. Sami al-Araji, the deputy minister of industry, says that after the fall of Baghdad in April 2003, "looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms." As printed, the implication of the story was not dissimilar from the Al-Qaqaa...
  • This Was Not Looting - How did Saddam's best weapons plants get plundered? (Hitchens)

    03/15/2005 8:02:35 AM PST · by pissant · 55 replies · 2,751+ views
    Slate ^ | 3/15/05 | Christopher Hitchens
    Once again, a major story gets top billing in a mainstream paper—and is printed upside down. "Looting at Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Iraqi Says." This was how the New York Times led its front page on Sunday. According to the supporting story, Dr. Sami al-Araji, the deputy minister of industry, says that after the fall of Baghdad in April 2003, "looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms." As printed, the implication of the story was not dissimilar from the Al-Qaqaa...
  • Looting at Weapons Plants Was Systematic, Iraqi Says

    03/12/2005 5:56:56 PM PST · by Valin · 20 replies · 2,100+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3/13/05 | JAMES GLANZ / WILLIAM J. BROAD
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 12 - In the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein's most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms, a senior Iraqi official said this week in the government's first extensive comments on the looting. The Iraqi official, Sami al-Araji, the deputy minister of industry, said it appeared that a highly organized operation had pinpointed specific plants in search of valuable equipment, some of which could be used for both military and civilian applications, and carted the machinery...
  • What ever happened to the most important story on earth?

    03/04/2005 7:17:30 AM PST · by FlyLow · 16 replies · 1,296+ views
    JWR ^ | 3-4-05 | Jonah Goldberg
    Remember al-Qaqaa? This was the massive cache of explosives that American forces failed to secure after the fall of Saddam. In the final week of the presidential campaign it was The Most Important Story on Earth. The New York Times splashed the news on its front page and didn't stop splashing it for a week. In all, the Times ran 16 stories and columns about al-Qaqaa, plus seven anti-Bush letters to the editor on the subject over an eight-day period. Editorial boards across the country hammered the "outrage" for days. It led all the news broadcasts. It became the central...
  • REMBERING AL QAQAA (NY Slimes Accountable?)

    02/28/2005 4:37:09 PM PST · by CT CONSERVATIVE · 12 replies · 701+ views
    NRO The Corner ^ | 2/28/05 | Cliff May
    Let me add this to Byron’s fine story today: The New York Times has never investigated – and never had its ombudsman, Daniel Okrent, investigate – this extraordinarily newsworthy question: Was the Grey Lady manipulated by a UN official, Mohammed ElBaradei, as part of a plot to affect the outcome of a U.S. presidential election?
  • ‘Nazi’ files incriminate top Iraqis

    04/19/2003 4:07:54 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 25 replies · 749+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 20, 2003 | Marie Colvin
    HER dusty file was one of hundreds of thousands of documents stacked in a house in a wealthy neighbourhood of Baghdad. Asma Rasheed married a pilot, lived comfortably in the presidential compound of Saddam Hussein and directed a microbiology programme that was not supposed to exist. Rasheed’s light blue folder has emerged from a huge archive seized by forces loyal to Ahmed Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress, which opposed Saddam. The archive — a dark who’s who of Iraq — reveals the tiniest details of blandishments and humiliations by a paranoid regime that shared the Nazis’ obsession...
  • 101st Airborne Vet: 'No Way' Explosives Were at Al Qaqaa

    10/27/2004 10:52:50 PM PDT · by kattracks · 32 replies · 922+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 10/28/04 | Carl Limbacher
    A former GI with the 101st Airborne Division who was among the first Americans on the scene at Saddam Hussein's Al Qaqaa weapons depot said Wednesday there was no way the bunkers he inspected housed 380 tons of high explosives as reported by the New York Times. "When we walked into the bunkers that apparently nobody [else] went into, there is no way there were 380 tons of explosives in those bunkers," 101st Airborne veteran Ken Dixon told the Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" Wednesday night. Instead, said Dixon, the weapons that were left behind at Al Qaqaa were...
  • Pentagon Ousts Official Under FBI Investigation [Shaw: Russians took 380 tons, friends got deals]

    12/11/2004 8:01:47 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 18 replies · 910+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 11, 2004 | T. Christian Miller
    <p>WASHINGTON — A senior Defense official placed under investigation by the FBI (news - web sites) on allegations that he tried to steer Iraqi reconstruction contracts toward friends has been removed from office, Pentagon (news - web sites) officials confirmed Friday.</p>
  • Brit Hume, Special Report 10/28/04 CC Transcripts

    10/28/2004 3:05:53 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 19 replies · 2,537+ views
    FoxNews | 10/28/04 | GRRRRR
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  • New York Times responds to Clifford May column(Bill Keller defends Iraq ammo story)

    11/26/2004 8:12:15 AM PST · by Pikamax · 12 replies · 1,286+ views
    Scripps Howard News Service ^ | 11/24/04 | Bill Keller and Clifford May
    New York Times responds to Clifford May column -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scripps Howard News Service (SH) - The following letter by Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, was written in response to a Clifford D. May column that was distributed by Scripps Howard on Oct. 27. Also included is an answer by May to the Keller letter. To the editor: I'm all for freedom of debate, but Scripps Howard owes its subscribers an apology for the commentary it distributed recently under the byline of Clifford D. May. Mr. May - whom you identify as a one-time New York Times...
  • Unfinished business

    11/16/2004 10:04:41 AM PST · by fr4tad · 4 replies · 665+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 16 Nov 04 | Joe Farah
    Now that the election is history, it seems to me there is some unfinished business I'm afraid will get swept under the rug. I know if these matters are left to my colleagues in the Big Media, we will never see another meaningful story about of these matters. Therefore, I raise them today in hopes of generating enough interest with the American people to keep them alive.
  • Kerry's Latest Betrayal........My Son

    11/14/2004 4:12:10 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 89 replies · 4,137+ views
    AUGUSTA FREE PRESS.COM ^ | NOVEMBER 12, 2004 | MAX FRIEDMAN
    As a longtime investigative researcher and journalist, I knew that politics could be down and dirty, but I didn't expect (despite premonitions thereof), that Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., would betray my son in the same manner that he had betrayed his fellow Swift Boat servicemen, and then all the American servicemen and women who served honorably in Vietnam so long ago. But I was wrong. I thought that he might have a little decency left in him, a decency that would spare the fighting men and women of Operation Iraqi Freedom from his demeaning smears and lies. Al Qaqaa, the...
  • One Week Later

    11/10/2004 6:02:08 PM PST · by Lunkhead_01 · 23 replies · 973+ views
    November 10, 2004 | Lunkhead_01
    It has been a week since the election.Has anyone heard any liberal commentator mention "the 380 tons of explosives that vanished from the al QaQaa weapons complex"?Has anyone noticed that the spot price of oil the day before the election was over $55 a barrel. Today it is a few cents over $47 a barrel. Conditions (other than the election is in the past) remain the same. Why did the price of crude drop almost 10% in a week?
  • Looted Al QaQaa 'explosives' are in fact urinary antiseptic

    11/04/2004 6:49:55 PM PST · by Right Wing Professor · 115 replies · 5,119+ views
    Exclusive (So far) to FR ^ | 11/4/2004 | Gerard S Harbison, AKA Right Wing Professor
    The Los Angeles Times this morning ran an article on the alleged looting of the Al QaQaa explosives. Pivotal to the article, whcih relied on unidentified GI alleged witnesses to the looting, was this: One soldier said U.S. forces watched the looters' trucks loaded with bags marked "hexamine" — a key ingredient for HMX — being driven away from the facility. Unsure what hexamine was, the troops later did an Internet search and learned of its explosive power. "We found out this was stuff you don't smoke around," the soldier said. The trouble is, it's completely bogus. Hexamine isn't an...
  • HEY, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MISSING EXPLOSIVES IN AL QAQA?

    11/04/2004 12:02:01 PM PST · by Mayflower Sister · 69 replies · 1,935+ views
    vanity
    Now that Kerry's been soundly defeated, has anyone heard ONE WORD about the missing explosives?
  • Report: GIs Watched Al-Qaqaa Looting

    11/04/2004 8:43:46 AM PST · by TheBattman · 43 replies · 1,127+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 11/04/2004 | AP
    LOS ANGELES — Explosives were looted from the Al-Qaqaa (search) ammunitions site in Iraq while outnumbered U.S. soldiers assigned to guard the materials watched helplessly, soldiers told the Los Angeles Times. About a dozen U.S. troops were guarding the sprawling facility in the weeks after the April 2003 fall of Baghdad when Iraqi looters raided the site, the newspaper quoted a group of unidentified soldiers as saying. U.S. Army reservists and National Guardsmen witnessed the looting and some soldiers sent messages to commanders in Baghdad requesting help, but received no reply, they said.
  • Baradei Concedes Iaea Is in Dark on Fate of Arms

    11/02/2004 2:55:20 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 5 replies · 139+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 11/02/04 | BENNY AVNI
    As Washington officials questioned the reliability of an Iraqi official who reported that 377 tons of explosives went missing after the war, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged yesterday that his agency is in no position to know what exactly happened. IAEA Director Mohammed ElBaradei confirmed in an interview yesterday that the sole source for the story that dominated the news last week was a letter sent to the agency on October 10 from an Iraqi official, Mohammed Abbas. "All we know (is that) the Iraqis reported to us the material is missing," Mr. ElBaradei told The...
  • BOMBGATE CONTINUED

    11/01/2004 12:35:20 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 238+ views
    NROTC ^ | Cliff May
    Bill Safire’s column today advances the case that UN official Mohamed ElBaradei has attempted to influence an American election by circulating false or misleading information. (Whether he succeeds or not remains to be determined.) Money quote: ElBaradei “has long known about the presence of ‘nuclear trigger’ explosives (evidence of Saddam's nuclear ambitions?) in one of Iraq's thousands of ammo dumps. But, The Wall Street Journal reports that with exquisite political timing, on Oct. 1 ElBaradei sent a ‘reminder’ to a Baathist science minister renewing the U.N. interest in these particular explosives. That produced a dutiful letter from the Iraqi bureaucrat...
  • Big media drops the mask

    11/01/2004 11:43:11 AM PST · by Ahriman · 11 replies · 552+ views
    Townhall ^ | Nov. 1, 2004 | Pat Buchanan
    That 377 tons of high explosives went missing from an Iraqi munitions facility 30 miles south of Baghdad is a legitimate story. But did it deserve to be the front-page, two-column headline lead in The New York Times? Did it merit being featured on "60 Minutes," 30 hours before Election Day, as CBS News planned? Or were these twin media mastodons colluding as conscious agents of the Kerry campaign?
  • Photos: Northern weapons removed before U.S. arrival

    10/30/2004 11:03:22 PM PDT · by HereComesTheGOP · 18 replies · 2,646+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | October 31, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern | Aaron Klein
    Photos: Northern weapons removed before U.S. arrival Coordinated effort by Saddam's fedayeen to take munitions before allies secured areas Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's fedayeen removed weapons and ammunition from a storage facility in northern Iraq, similar to the al-Qaqaa facility at the center of current controversy, before the U.S. victory and prior to the arrival of the 101st Airborne Division to secure the area, according to photos obtained by WorldNetDaily from an Army intelligence source. Army sources say the removal operations by Saddam's troops at the northern site were coordinated and likely systemic, and could indicate the southern al-Qaqaa...
  • Proof that weapons in northern storage facility removed before U.S. arrival.

    10/31/2004 7:40:48 AM PST · by ruthles · 3 replies · 489+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | October 31, 2004 | Aaron Klein
    Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's fedayeen removed weapons and ammunition from a storage facility in northern Iraq, similar to the al-Qaqaa facility at the center of current controversy, before the U.S. victory and prior to the arrival of the 101st Airborne Division to secure the area, according to photos obtained by WorldNetDaily from an Army intelligence source.
  • "At Large w/ Geraldo Rivera: Explosives at al-QaQaa Are Now Killing Our Servicemen

    10/30/2004 7:44:38 PM PDT · by Pirate21 · 121 replies · 3,082+ views
    At Large with Geraldo Rivera on FOXNews Channel | 10/30/2004 | Pirate21
    Geraldo just interviewed Col. David Hunt and allowed him to allege that the al-QaQaa explosives are now killing our servicemen!*&! Perhaps this segment was pre-recorded, but then FOXNews needs to make an announcement and not broadcast the word "Live" in the corner.
  • FROM A SOURCE CLOSE TO THE CAMPAIGN (good news - al-CaCa backfiring against Kerry in internal polls)

    10/28/2004 11:14:27 AM PDT · by ambrose · 27 replies · 2,060+ views
    FROM A SOURCE CLOSE TO THE CAMPAIGN [10/28 02:07 PM] Just heard from a source close to the campaign, tuned in to the conversations at the highest levels. According to the Bushies, the last few days have seen a huge burst of momentum in their numbers. They think Bush is ahead by a few points nationally. They expect the next round of tracking polls to show a bit of a bump. The internal polls show a significant lead in Florida (outside margin of error) and Arkansas is out of play, with a Bill Clinton visit or without. As for most...
  • Seeing Over Kerry, Finding Reality in Iraq

    10/30/2004 11:00:30 AM PDT · by unspun · 3 replies · 307+ views
    unspun.info ^ | 10/30/2004 | Arlen Williams
    unspun.info  |  reality - spread it around Seeing Over Kerry, Finding Reality in Iraq Saturday, October 30, 2004  -  Arlen Williams  -  http://www.unspun.info/iraqreality.html In his campaign's final week, John Kerry seemed to base the selling of a would-be Presidency upon his mock certainty that 377 tons of very high explosives were looted from Iraq's Al Qa Qaa complex.  This, despite a collection of inconclusive and conflicting accounts and reconnaissance. But on a broader level, Kerry is just depending upon his renowned ability to spin the public into profound confusion and self-doubt about their heavily invested war effort.  Who better...
  • The CIA in deep Qaqaa

    10/30/2004 4:41:17 AM PDT · by Ginifer · 26 replies · 1,228+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | October 30, 2004 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    Since new CIA Director Porter Goss blocked the October Surprise agency left-wingers had prepared against Bush (discussed in "Porter At The Pass" last week), they desperately rigged another one, working with Mohammed ElBaradei at the U.N. What nobody is focusing on in Al Qaqaagate is that the CIA is behind it. The anti-Bush lefties are now known as the "Rogue Weasels" at Langley, and they are frantic to do whatever they can to elect Kerry. They cooked up this entire phony "tons of missing explosives" scandal, sweet-talked the head of the U.N.'s nuclear inspection agency, ElBaradei, to carry their water...
  • Pentagon says U.S. soldiers removed 250 tons of material from Al-Qaqaa

    10/30/2004 1:47:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies · 384+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | October 30, 2004 | Bradley Graham and Colum Lynch, Washington Post
    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon reported yesterday that U.S. Army soldiers removed about 250 tons of material from the Al-Qaqaa munitions complex in April 2003. It marked the first time defense officials have credited U.S. forces with carting away a large amount of explosives from the Iraqi site for destruction. But the Army major who commanded the operation told reporters he could not say whether any of the munitions were part of the 377 tons at the center of a political firestorm this week between the campaigns of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry. The officer, Maj. Austin Pearson, said some...
  • Al-Qaqaa Reconsidered: The competition throws stones at the New York Times scoop

    10/30/2004 12:43:38 AM PDT · by Bitter Bierce · 12 replies · 814+ views
    Slate ^ | October 29, 2004 | Jack Shafer
    That there are two sides to every story is not something that would automatically occur to the man who reads only one newspaper. If you've followed the Al-Qaqaa news only in the New York Times, where it broke, you might believe that the United States committed an unspeakable blunder in failing to guard the 380 tons of high explosives it knew Saddam harbored in the Al-Qaqaa weapons complex. The Times' Oct. 25 scoop and its Oct. 27 and Oct. 29 follow-ups give that impression. But if you've consumed the Washington Post alongside the Times, your certainty about an American miscue...
  • THE TRUTH ABOUT AL QAQAA

    10/30/2004 8:23:49 AM PDT · by coffee260 · 27 replies · 928+ views
    To The Point | 10/29/2004 | Dr. Jack Wheeler
    Since new CIA Director Porter Goss blocked the October Surprise agency left-wingers had prepared against Bush (discussed in “Porter At The Pass” last week), they desperately rigged another one, working with Mohammad ElBaradei at the UN. What nobody is focusing on in Al Qaqaagate is that the CIA is behind it. The anti-Bush lefties are now known as the “Rogue Weasels” at Langley, and they are frantic to do whatever they can to elect Kerry. They cooked up this entire phony “tons of missing explosives” scandal, sweet-talked the head of the UN’s nuclear inspection agency, ElBaradei, to carry their water...
  • Reporter saw insurgents loot Qaqaa arms depot

    10/29/2004 9:42:48 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 85 replies · 1,800+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Oct 30, 2004 | Katrin Bennhold
    PARIS A French journalist who visited the Qaqaa munitions depot south of Baghdad in November last year said she witnessed Islamic insurgents looting vast supplies of explosives more than six months after the demise of Saddam Hussein's regime. The account of Sara Daniel, which will be published Wednesday in the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, lends further weight to allegations that American occupying forces in Iraq failed to protect hundreds of tons of munitions from extremists plotting attacks against their own troops. Much of the controversy has centered around the disappearance of about 380 tons of the powerful HMX explosive....
  • Facts and Questions About Lost Munitions

    10/29/2004 9:43:20 PM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 13 replies · 720+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/30/04 | WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER
    October 30, 2004EXPLOSIVESFacts and Questions About Lost MunitionsBy WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER he report that hundreds of tons of high explosives are missing from the Qaqaa munitions facility in Iraq has loomed over the last week of the presidential campaign, and led to a blur of charges and countercharges about what actually happened, and why the news came out so close to Election Day.Senator John Kerry has seized on the news, first reported by The New York Times and CBS' "60 Minutes," to reinforce his argument that the Bush administration bungled the postwar occupation of Iraq. President...
  • Whiskers of Kittens...

    10/29/2004 9:41:29 PM PDT · by Mr.Atos · 1 replies · 183+ views
    My Sandmen ^ | 10.27.04 | Mr.Atos
    Did we miss something here? Over the last several years, starting with a crisp Manhattan morning in September of 2001 and leading up to the present, their have been numerous startling revelations concerning the nature of this Nation's present struggle. Taken in their entirety, they hint at a picture too ghastly for many to comprehend. Recall for an instant, the image of our rebirth to reality. Fast forward, being the select method for reticent rationalized denial, America has skipped back one day and forward 1143 to the threshold of domestic chaos and a divisive Presidential election fueled on 9/10 rhetoric...
  • Kerry Rides a Really Slow Horse

    10/29/2004 6:29:19 PM PDT · by tsmith130 · 13 replies · 730+ views
    Powerline ^ | 10/28/2004 | Hindrocket
    I've never understood the Kerry campaign's decision to make Al Qaqaa--that is, an attack on the competence of the U.S. Army, based on essentially no evidence--the centerpiece of the last week of the campaign. On the merits, the issue has fizzled. We now know (although it has not been widely reported) that around half of the explosives in question were surreptitiously removed from the site by Saddam Hussein prior to January 2003; this is acknowledged in the IAEA report of that date. We also know that American troops secured the area starting on April 3, 2003, and thereafter it is...
  • Ordnance Officer Confirms About 250 Tons of Munitions Removed From Iraqi Site

    10/29/2004 4:13:59 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 14 replies · 418+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | October 29, 2004 | Kathleen T. Rhem
    Ordnance Officer Confirms About 250 Tons of Munitions Removed From Iraqi Site By Kathleen T. RhemAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2004 -- A U.S. Army ordnance company removed roughly 250 tons of munitions from Iraq's Al Qaqaa weapons depot in mid-April 2003, that unit's commander said in the Pentagon today. But officials said it is not known if any of the material removed then is part of the roughly 380 tons of high explosives claimed to be missing from the site. In recent days, International Atomic Energy Agency officials have said about 380 tons of high-melting explosive,...
  • NY Times Responds To Me: Re:Missing Explosives

    10/28/2004 8:10:29 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 38 replies · 2,523+ views
    NY Times Editor | 10-28-2004 | my favorite headache
    Just got this e-mail from the NY Times Editor: I thought you'd be interested in this response which comes from the Executive Editor. Our front page story of October 25 reported accurately that a senior official at Iraq's Ministry of Science & Technology informed the International Atomic Energy Agency in a letter on October 10 that the materials were lost from the Al-Qaqaa site after April 9, 2003, through "the theft and looting of the governmental installations due to lack of security." As the story further reported, the IAEA took an inventory of the materials in January, 2003. In early...
  • Russia - Masque Of The Red Death (2003 articles on Russians in Iraq)

    10/29/2004 3:51:10 PM PDT · by focusandclarity · 1 replies · 440+ views
    Russia - Masque Of The Red Death Vladimir Putin has been hailed perhaps as the pivotal post cold war Russian leader. He has executed a skillful dog and pony show, convincing both the Bush and Blair administrations that the former Soviet Union was not only no longer a military threat to the West but was indeed now becoming a close ally. Obviously Russia's cooperation with the French and German UN delegation's intransigence in dealing with Iraq has done much to throw cold water on this heretofore-budding union. It's important to note that such a relationship offered hope, though ultimately unfounded,...
  • UNITED NATIONS: El Baradei dismisses timing accusations

    10/29/2004 3:35:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies · 450+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10-29-04 | By EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei on Friday dismissed as "total junk" accusations that he timed the release of an Iraqi report on the disappearance of 377 tons of high explosives to make it an issue in the U.S. presidential election.The missing explosives have become a flashpoint in the final week of the campaign, with Democratic nominee John Kerry accusing President Bush of "incredible incompetence" for not securing the dangerous material and saying the blunder should cost the commander in chief his job.A number of political commentators and editorial writers have questioned the timing of the report,...
  • Report: Russia Took Iraqi Arms

    10/29/2004 3:22:17 PM PDT · by focusandclarity · 2 replies · 332+ views
    Moscow Times.com ^ | October 29, 2004 | Staff
    Report: Russia Took Iraqi Arms Combined Reports A high-ranking U.S. defense official said Russian forces "almost certainly" smuggled a cache of high explosives out of Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion in March 2003, The Washington Times reported Thursday. Defense Ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Sedov dismissed the allegations as "absurd" and "ridiculous." The Washington Times, basing its report on an interview with John Shaw, the deputy U.S. undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said Russian special forces had probably helped spirit out the hundreds of tons of high explosives that went missing from the al-Qaqaa base. Two weeks ago, Iraqi...
  • U.S. Team Took 250 Tons of Iraqi Munitions

    10/29/2004 2:28:36 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 19 replies · 789+ views
    FOXN ^ | 10/29/04 | Bret Baier, Ian McCaleb
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. Army officer came forward Friday to say a team from his 3rd Infantry Division took about 250 tons of munitions and other material from the Al-Qaqaa (search) arms-storage facility soon after Saddam Hussein's regime fell in April 2003. Explosives were part of the load taken by the team, but Major Austin Pearson was unable to say what percentage they accounted for. The material was then destroyed, he said. The Pentagon believes the disclosure helps explain what happened to 377 tons of high explosives that the International Atomic Energy Agency said disappeared after the U.S.-led invasion.
  • Iraq missing explosives moved to Syria and Lebanon, report says

    10/29/2004 1:59:24 PM PDT · by focusandclarity · 7 replies · 483+ views
    Lebanon Wire.com ^ | October 28, 2004 | AFP
    Russian special forces "almost certainly" removed the explosives missing from a military base south of Baghdad before the March 2003 U.S. invasion and sent them to Syria, Lebanon and possibly Iran, The Washington Times daily said Thursday quoting a U.S. official. "The Russians brought in, just before the war got started, a whole series of military units ... Their main job was to shred all evidence of any of the contractual arrangements they had with the Iraqis," deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security John Shaw told the daily in an interview. The official said he believes the Russian...
  • Missing Explosives Trigger More Questions for Weapons Inspectors

    10/29/2004 1:24:45 PM PDT · by focusandclarity · 322+ views
    CNS News.com ^ | October 28, 2004 | Scott Wheeler
    (CNSNews.com) - Three weeks after the CIA's top weapons inspector told Congress that the Bush administration had been "almost all wrong" about the weapons threat posed by Saddam Hussein, there is yet another reason to conclude Saddam was up to no good, according to a biological weapons expert who spoke with CNSNews.com . Peter Leitner, professor at George Mason University's National Center for Bio-Defense, is pointing to the 380 tons of explosive materials that disappeared from a facility outside Baghdad as the reason to challenge the assertions made by the CIA weapons inspection team headed by Charles Duelfer. In his...
  • Pentagon: US Forces Removed 250 Tons of Al Qaqaa Explosives

    10/29/2004 11:15:15 AM PDT · by mrustow · 58 replies · 1,324+ views
    A Different Drummer ^ | 29 October 2004 | Nicholas Stix
    In a noontime press conference today at the Pentagon, Pentagon spokesman Larry Dirita and Army Maj. Austin Pearson, an ammunition management officer who was at the Iraqi ammunition depot Al Qaqaa in spring, 2003 with the Army 3rd Infantry Division, cast doubt on the New York Times/CBS News report alleging that 377 tons of Iraqi munitions had disappeared from the site, after it had come under American control in April, 2003. Maj. Austin estimated that his unit removed 200-250 tons of munitions, and Mr. Dirita emphasized that reports that 141 tons of RDX explosives were at the facility under IAEA...
  • Pentagon Press Conference Political Analysis (Not a "Home Run", but Effective"

    10/29/2004 11:22:41 AM PDT · by crushkerry · 15 replies · 855+ views
    www.crushkerry.com ^ | 10/29/04 | www.crushkerry.com
    The Pentagon Press Conference was, in our opinion, a bit of a mixed bag, as we state below, but on the whole a net "plus". The Not So Good On the substantive issue of whether or not the US destroyed the HMX and RDX at Al Kaka (we don't want to spell it right) it cleared up absolutely nothing. From a fact perspective the Major simply said we destroyed 250 tons of explosives, but could not say whether or not the HMX or the RDX were a part of that 250 Tons. He also said he did not see any...
  • Pentagon says U-S military likely destroyed some ammunition from al-Qaqaa

    10/29/2004 10:50:27 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 7 replies · 422+ views
    KAAL-TV ^ | 10-29-04 | AP
    Pentagon says U-S military likely destroyed some ammunition from al-Qaqaa Updated: 10-29-2004 12:13:38 PM PENTAGON (AP) - Pentagon officials say the U-S military destroyed "the types of ammunition" T-V reports suggest were looted from an Iraqi military site. A military officer who led a unit charged with disposing of dangerous ammunition says he took material from the al-Qaqaa (al-KAH'-kah) site. At a news conference, Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said the material taken by the disposal team included "a lot of plastic explosives." Di Rita says the facts of the missing explosives are still unclear. But, he says "the types...
  • U.S. Team Took 200 Tons of Iraqi Explosives

    10/29/2004 9:32:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 115 replies · 3,193+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 29, 2004
    WASHINGTON — A U.S. soldier is coming forward Friday to say a team from the 3rd Infantry Division took about 200 tons of explosives from an Iraqi military facility soon after Saddam Hussein's regime fell last year. The soldier will appear before reporters at noon, EDT. The briefing will be shown on the FOX News Channel. The announcement is the latest twist in the mystery over what happened to 377 tons of explosives that the International Atomic Energy Agency said had disappeared. The soldier's story comes as new videotape has surfaced that supports the contention that tons of the explosives...
  • Bush Surging on IEM

    10/29/2004 9:19:21 AM PDT · by tomahawk · 40 replies · 2,044+ views
    Iowa Electronic Markets ^ | 10/29/04 | Tomahawk
    Bush has gone up 5 points in the last hour. Now at 56.4%