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  • Rapper T.I. sentenced to year on weapons charges

    03/27/2009 12:13:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies · 1,493+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 27, 2009 | n/a
    A judge has sentenced Rapper T.I. to one year and a day behind bars on federal weapons charges. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was sentenced Friday. He will have between 30 and 60 days to report to prison. He already has completed about 1,000 hours of community service and has warned youths about the pitfalls of guns, drugs, violence. He will need to complete 470 more hours. Harris pleaded guilty last March after he was arrested in 2007, attempting to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. The arrest happened blocks away from where he was to...

    08/25/2004 11:51:29 PM PDT · by Jane_N · 7 replies · 575+ views
    Tyler Morning Telegraph ^ | August 25, 2004 | CASEY KNAUPP
    A Macedonian immigrant pleaded guilty Wednesday to running "Ice" methamphetamine and illegal weapons out of his family owned restaurant in Longview for more than a year. Ziber "Billy" Kaba, 36, operated the Little Italy restaurant in Longview, 212 E. Marshall Ave., and admitted he set up deals and sold more than 156 grams of "Ice" meth and possessed a handgun in the commission of drug trafficking. The defendant pleaded guilty to charges one and seven of the 13-count indictment in U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Guthrie's court. He faces five to 40 years in prison, a $2 million fine and at...
  • Two Businessmen Indicted For Allegedly Selling Military Gear To China

    06/04/2004 11:27:32 AM PDT · by esryle · 8 replies · 183+ views
    LOS ANGELES -- Two Silicon Valley, Calif., businessmen are due in federal court next week after being indicted on charges they shipped military cameras to China. Philip Cheng of Cupertino, and Martin Shih of San Jose, were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on nine counts of violating export laws and money laundering. The indictments come after the men were arrested last month for allegedly shipping night vision cameras to an organization linked to the Chinese military. Shih is president of San Jose-based Night Vision Technology. He allegedly brokered the deals. Cheng allegedly laundered money through wire transfers between...
  • Experts: Russia Helped Iraq With Missiles

    03/05/2004 4:57:51 PM PST · by yonif · 16 replies · 118+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | Mar. 05, 2004 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Weapons-hunters in Iraq have found evidence that experts from Russia and other countries helped with Iraq's missile programs, but it is unclear whether those countries' governments played any role, U.S. officials said Friday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Bush administration will compile information it has obtained and eventually present it to those countries. In addition to Russia, officials found signs that experts from Ukraine, Serbia and Belarus may have been involved. It may be that the alleged assistance came from companies or individuals who came to Iraq without the knowledge or sanction of...
  • U.S. Has Questions on Russian Arms Sent to Iraq

    01/25/2004 5:37:29 AM PST · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 132+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 25 2004
    TBILISI, Georgia (Reuters) - Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday there are still unanswered questions about Russian military equipment that U.S. officials believe made its way to Iraq before last year's U.S. invasion. U.S. officials last year said they believed private Russian firms sold Iraq antitank missiles, night-vision goggles and electronic jamming systems and that private sector technicians went to Baghdad to train Iraqis to use the jamming equipment. "There are still some outstanding questions in my mind," Powell told a news conference in Tbilisi, where he was attending the inauguration of Mikhail Saakashvili as Georgia's new president before...
  • UDPATE 1-Danish tests show arms found in Iraq not chemical

    01/14/2004 10:06:01 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 42 replies · 274+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/14/04
    COPENHAGEN, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The Danish Army said on Wednesday initial tests showed a cache of mortar rounds found buried in Iraq on January 9 did not contain any chemical substances as originally suspected. "The expert group from the Iraq Survey Group have investigated five...and none of them have showed any trace of chemical substances," the Danish Army Operational Command said in a statement. Samples would be sent to the United States for further tests and the results were expected within three to five days, the command said. Denmark said its troops found the 36 mortar shells buried in...
  • Iraq Mortar Shells Contain Blister Agent

    01/10/2004 6:38:38 PM PST · by Holly_P · 40 replies · 164+ views
    Tucson Arizona Star ^ | 01/10/04 | Robert H. Reid
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Danish and Icelandic troops have uncovered a cache of 36 shells buried in the Iraqi desert, and preliminary tests showed they contained a liquid blister agent, the Danish military said Saturday. The 120mm mortar shells were thought to be leftovers from the eight-year war between Iraq and neighboring Iran, which ended in 1988, said U.S. Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt. The shells were found by Danish engineering troops and Icelandic de-miners near Al Quarnah, north of the city of Basra where Denmark's 410 troops are based, the Danish Army Operational Command said in a written statement. The...
  • Denmark: Possible Iraqi Blister Gas Weapons Found

    01/10/2004 11:58:35 AM PST · by The_Victor · 192 replies · 469+ views
    Yahoo (Reuters) ^ | 1/10/04 | Reuters staff
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish troops have found dozens of mortar rounds buried in Iraq (news - web sites) which initial tests show could contain blister gas, the Danish army said on Saturday. The tests were taken after Danish troops found 36 120mm mortar rounds on Friday in southern Iraq. The Danish army said they had been buried for at least 10 years. "All the instruments showed indications of the same type of chemical compound, namely blister gas," the Danish Army Operational Command said on its Web site, cautioning that further tests were needed. Blister gases, such as mustard gas, are...
  • Evidence cited of Russian arms in Iraq

    01/10/2004 5:33:11 AM PST · by Ryan Bailey · 78 replies · 660+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 10 January, AD 2004 | P.Richter & K. Murphy
    <p>WASHINGTON -- US officials have found evidence corroborating White House allegations that Russian companies sold Saddam Hussein high-tech military equipment that threatened US forces during the invasion of Iraq last March, a senior State Department official said yesterday.</p> <p>The official said the United States has found proof that Russian companies exported night-vision goggles and radar-jamming equipment to Iraq, the official said. The evidence includes the equipment itself and proof that it was used during the war, according to the official. Such exports would violate the terms of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.</p>

    01/06/2004 4:07:02 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 7 replies · 166+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | Jan. 6, 2004
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 January 6, 2004Release Number: 04-01-16 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CORDON AND SEARCHES LEAD TO CAPTURE OF ARMS DEALERS RAMADI, Iraq – The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units continued missions over the last day to bring peace and prosperity to the residents of the Al Anbar province. During the last 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division and subordinate units conducted 203 patrols, 12 of which were joint patrols with Iraqis, and carried out four offensive operations. During these operations one...

    01/04/2004 2:36:39 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 184+ views
    CENTCOM ^ | Jan. 4, 2004
    NEWS RELEASEHEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND7115 South Boundary BoulevardMacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 January 4, 2004Release Number: 04-01-11 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TASK FORCE “ALL-AMERICAN” CAPTURES ARMS DEALERS, CONFISCATES ILLEGAL ARMS AR RAMADI, Iraq – During the past 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division and subordinate elements, also known as Task Force “All-American,” conducted 167 patrols, five of which were joint patrols with Iraqis, and carried out five offensive operations. During these operations, three enemy personnel were killed and 70 were captured. Entry was denied to 225 people at the border crossing at Trebil...
  • Paper Trail Shows Syria as Iraq's Main Weapons Link

    12/29/2003 9:15:52 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 98 replies · 238+ views
    LA Times ^ | Dec. 29, 2003 | Bob Drogin and Jeffrey Fleishman
    DAMASCUS, Syria — First of two parts A Syrian trading company with close ties to the ruling regime smuggled weapons and military hardware to Saddam Hussein between 2000 and 2003, helping Syria become the main channel for illicit arms transfers to Iraq despite a stringent U.N. embargo, documents recovered in Iraq show. The private company, called SES International Corp., is headed by a cousin of Syria's autocratic leader, Bashar Assad, and is controlled by other members of the president's Baath Party and Alawite clan. Syria's government assisted SES in importing at least one shipment destined for Iraq's military, the Iraqi...
  • Syria is Source of Illegal Iraqi Weapons

    12/29/2003 8:11:02 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 21 replies · 399+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 12-29-03
    According to recently uncovered documents in Iraq, a Syrian trading company with close ties to the ruling regime smuggled weapons and military hardware to Saddam Hussein between 2000 and 2003, establishing Syria as the main channel for illegal transfers to Baghdad during the U.N. embargo, the LOS ANGELES TIMES will report in Tuesday papers... Developing...
  • French Missiles Used in Hotel Attack (And the U.S go to the United Nations)

    10/27/2003 9:54:34 AM PST · by cope · 51 replies · 403+ views ^ | 10.28.03 |
    French Missiles Used in Hotel Attack ( - A British newspaper reported that half of the rockets used in Sunday's attack on the Al Rasheed Hotel were French weapons produced after an arms embargo was imposed against Iraq following the Gulf War
  • PENTAGON BIG DODGES DEATH (French Missiles Used in Attack)

    10/27/2003 5:00:41 AM PST · by kattracks · 35 replies · 196+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/27/03 | NILES LATHEM and ANDY GELLER
    <p>October 27, 2003 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was just a floor away from danger yesterday when a missile barrage blitzed the Baghdad hotel where he was staying - killing an American colonel and wounding 18 other people. Wolfowitz was dressing in a 12th-floor room when eight to 10 missiles crashed into the western side of the Al Rasheed hotel at 6:10 a.m. - punching holes in the modern, concrete facade and shattering windows in two dozen rooms.</p>
  • French bombs in Baghdad. (Wolfowitz & Co. blitzed by rockets made in FRANCE)

    10/26/2003 7:05:44 PM PST · by dennisw · 19 replies · 181+ views
    sun uk ^ | Sunday, October 26, 2003 | By TREVOR KAVANAGH
    French bombs in Baghdad Smashed ... the wrecked Rashid hotel By TREVOR KAVANAGH and BRIAN FLYNN A BAGHDAD hotel where US defence chief Paul Wolfowitz was staying was yesterday blitzed by rockets made in FRANCE.Half of the missiles fired were modern French weapons, said experts — produced after the arms embargo imposed on Iraq following the first Gulf War.The shock discovery will further fuel growing concern over blackmarket French arms links with Islamic terrorists.The French government has furiously denied turning a blind eye to illegal weapon supplies, despite the recent discovery in Iraq of military hardware apparently built there. Guest...
  • Long day’s journey in Iraq’s desert

    10/22/2003 10:16:15 PM PDT · by Cacique · 30 replies · 181+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10-23-2003 | Kevin Sites
      MSN Home   |   My MSN   |   Hotmail   |   Search   |   Shopping   |   Money   |   People & Chat     Long day’s journey in Iraq’s desert   Combat engineers switch gears from civil projects to raids         A U.S. combat engineer prepares to destroy these Russian-made SA2 surface-to-air missiles in the desert near Baji.       By Kevin SitesNBC NEWS       BAJI, Iraq, Oct. 22 —  The combat engineers of Battalion 299 Charlie Company were doing what they like doing best: blowing things up.            ON SATURDAY, east of the Iraqi town of Baji — a town north of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit — the...
  • Photos Prove Iraq Violated U.N. Weapons Ban

    10/22/2003 1:29:46 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 33 replies · 647+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/23/03 | Charles R. Smith
    NewsMax has obtained exclusive photographs proving that Iraq violated a U.N. Security Council ban on importing weapons. The photographs show a wide variety of imported weapons with production dates as recent as 2001. A U.S. military inspection team that visited an Iraqi air force munitions site in late September 2003 took the photographs. The site, located in the Suni triangle near Baghdad, has at least 13 concrete bunkers filled with missiles, bombs and bomb-fusing devices. U.S. military teams uncovered several examples of U.N. violations, including a number of French bomb fuses with a production date of "2001-Sep-5." The French-made...
  • Iraq paid North Korea $10 million for missiles

    10/05/2003 2:15:35 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 11 replies · 320+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 10/5/03
    A U.S. investigation has disclosed that Iraq concluded an intermediate-range missile deal with North Korea in 2001. David Kay, who headed a Bush administration team in the search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, disclosed the agreement last week. Kay said the report of an Iraqi-North Korean deal emerged in Iraqi government documents as well as in interviews with captured Iraqi officials. Iraq signed a $10 million contract to buy technology and equipment from North Korea for the production of ballistic missiles based on the No-Dong intermediate-range missile.U.S. officials said the deal was completed in June 2001. The No-Dong has...
  • Chief weapons hunter says there are clues about anthrax and missiles still in Iraq

    10/05/2003 10:04:26 AM PDT · by freeperfromnj · 17 replies · 165+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 10/5/03 11:46 AM | By DAVID HO
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Weapons hunters in Iraq are following leads that point to the presence of anthrax research and Scud missiles still hidden in the country, the chief U.S. weapons searcher said Sunday.</p> <p>David Kay told Congress last week that his survey team has not found weapons of mass destruction. But he argued against drawing conclusions, saying he can provide a full picture on Iraq's weapons programs in six months to nine months.</p>
  • Poland Says It Was Mistaken in Report That Troops Found Newly Built French Missiles in Iraq

    10/04/2003 4:39:47 PM PDT · by UncleJeff · 40 replies · 232+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2003 | Beata Pasek Associated Press Writer
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) - After a protest from French President Jacques Chirac, Poland said Saturday it had been mistaken in reporting that its troops found new French-made anti-aircraft misiles in central Iraq. Chirac swiftly denied selling Iraq weapons in violation of the U.N. weapons embargo imposed against Saddam Hussein's regime in 1990. The claims, he said, "are as false today as they were yesterday." An aide to the Polish prime minister said an initial report that the Roland missiles found by Polish troops days ago were produced in 2003 was incorrect. France said it stopped producing any type of Roland...
  • Poland: French Missile Report Was Wrong

    10/04/2003 10:53:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 87 replies · 520+ views
    Poland: French Missile Report Was Wrong By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 12:43 p.m. ET WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- After a protest from French President Jacques Chirac, Poland said Saturday it had been mistaken in reporting that its troops found new French-made anti-aircraft misiles in central Iraq. Chirac swiftly denied selling Iraq weapons in violation of the U.N. weapons embargo against Saddam Hussein's regime. The claims, he said, ``are as false today as they were yesterday.'' An aide to the Polish prime minister said an initial report that the Roland missiles found by Polish troops days ago were produced in...
  • Iraq paid N. Korea to deliver missiles

    10/04/2003 6:34:15 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 22 replies · 414+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Oct. 4, 2003 | Bill Gertz and Stephen Dinan
    <p>Saddam Hussein's government paid North Korea $10 million for medium-range Nodong missile technology in the months before the Iraq war, but never received any goods because of U.S. pressure, the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq said yesterday.</p> <p>David Kay, who is leading the Iraq Survey Group, said there is "a lot of evidence" Iraq was rebuilding its banned missile program, which it actively hid from U.N. weapons inspectors.</p>
  • Iraq: Missile Discovery Strengthens U.S. Hand in U.N. (I wonder why France?)

    10/03/2003 11:42:28 PM PDT · by menotyu · 31 replies · 603+ views ^ | 10-3-2003 | Stratfor
    <p>Polish troops claim to have discovered French -manufactured anti-aircraft missile systems in Iraq, produced in 2003, giving the United States a stick with which to beat the French in the U.N.Security Council.</p> <p>Polish troops in Iraq have found four French-built anti-aircraft missiles that were built this year, Polish Defense Ministry spokesman Eugeniusz Mleczak told Reuters Oct. 3. The troops found the Roland-type missiles in an ammunition depot near the region of Al Hillah, approximately 55 miles south of Baghdad, on Sept. 29, Mleczak said. The Roland anti-anticraft system is a short-range air defense missile used against aircraft flying at low and medium altitudes.</p>
  • French Missiles Found In Iraq (AGAIN!!!)

    10/04/2003 2:00:56 AM PDT · by Big Bad Bob · 15 replies · 2,022+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K)
    There is a piece in the Daily Mail today saying that the Polish Ministry have said that French Missiles have been found in Iraq. These missiles were reportedly dated '2003' and were found by Polish Troops after a tip-off by a local. A British Opposition spokesman has reportedly said that this could be damaging towards the French case against the War. Can someone try and find the full article?
  • Polish troops find new French missiles in Iraq

    10/03/2003 12:50:35 PM PDT · by So Cal Rocket · 187 replies · 3,929+ views
    Rueters via Yahoo! ^ | Friday October 3 | Pawel Kozlowski
    WARSAW, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Polish troops in Iraq have found four French-built advanced anti-aircraft missiles which were built this year, a Polish Defence Ministry spokesman told Reuters on Friday. France strongly denied having sold any such missiles to Iraq for nearly two decades, and said it was impossible that its newest missiles should turn up in Iraq. "Polish troops discovered an ammunition depot on September 29 near the region of Hilla and there were four French-made Roland-type missiles," Defence Ministry spokesman Eugeniusz Mleczak said. "It is not the first time Polish troops found ammunition in Iraq but to our...
  • No Banned Arms Found in Iraq So Far, U.S. Inspector Confirms

    10/02/2003 4:40:55 PM PDT · by RJCogburn · 14 replies · 152+ views
    NYTimes ^ | October 2, 2003
    Chief U.S. weapons searcher David Kay reported Thursday he had found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, a finding that brought fresh congressional complaints about the Bush administration's prewar assertions of an imminent threat from Saddam Hussein. Kay, in a report to Congress, described evidence of a possible small-scale biological weapons effort, and said searchers had substantial evidence of an Iraqi push to boost the range of its ballistic missiles beyond prohibited ranges. But his team had found only limited evidence of any chemical weapons effort, he said, and there was almost no sign that a significant nuclear weapons...
  • Iraq Weapons Searcher Indicates Longtime U.N. Violations

    10/02/2003 3:39:25 PM PDT · by Republican Red · 8 replies · 165+ views
    WASHINGTON — The inspector leading the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq received a round of applause from the House Intelligence Committee (search) Thursday morning even though he told lawmakers that no smoking gun has yet been found in the search, a Capitol Hill source told Fox News. Speaking to reporters after a companion hearing on the Senate side late Thursday afternoon, CIA adviser and head of the Iraq Survey Group David Kay (search) said he is convinced that there will be more surprises to come. "Don't be surprised by surprises in Iraq," Kay said, adding that a...
  • U.S. Troops Find Missiles Near Saddam's Hometown

    09/27/2003 6:30:30 PM PDT · by dvan · 89 replies · 159+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9/27/03 | NA
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. troops said they had found surface-to-air missiles and hundreds of other weapons including plastic explosives buried in an orchard near Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s hometown on Saturday. A U.S. military spokesman described the haul as one of the most significant weapons seizures of recent weeks and a sign of how Saddam loyalists were still equipped to pose a threat to U.S. forces. He said 23 SA-7 surface-to-air missiles were found as well as 1,000 pounds of plastic explosives, 500 hand grenades, dozens of mortar bombs and hundreds of detonators which could be used...
  • German Firms Face Iraq Arms Trade Probe

    09/27/2003 11:12:13 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 3 replies · 172+ views
    DWWORLD ^ | 09/26/03 | DWWORLD
    German Firms Face Iraq Arms Trade Probe The Iraqi weapons program benefited from German help, according to prosecutors. Following a scoop by the Hamburg magazine Stern, German law enforcement is investigating four firms for illegal arms trading with Iraq while the country was under a U.N. embargo. Germany's customs investigators confirmed this week that they raided the offices of four German companies suspected of providing technology and material for Iraq's secret weapons program. The companies, located in four small cities in southern Germany, are accused of delivering the equipment to Iraq through other countries in 2000. The Customs Office said...
  • U.S. Says Russia Sold Arms to Iran

    09/16/2003 6:05:56 PM PDT · by RussianConservative · 23 replies · 324+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | Lyuba Pronina
    The United States on Tuesday accused Russia of supplying arms to "state sponsors of terrorism," chiefly Iran, and slapped sanctions on a Russian defense company. The charges -- which mirror U.S. accusations concerning Baghdad after the Iraq war started -- appear to be an attempt to pressure Moscow over its cooperation with Tehran, analysts said. "The United States government has determined that the government of Russia transferred lethal military equipment to countries determined by the secretary of state to be state sponsors of terrorism," the U.S. State Department said in a notice published in the Federal Register. A State Department...
  • Trial for illegal armaments deals with Iraq starts in Germany

    09/08/2003 10:22:06 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 188+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | September 08 2003 | Deutschlandfunk
    The trial of those suspected of illegal armaments deals with Iraq has started at the Mannheim Regional Court. A US businessman of Iraqi origin and four co-defendants are accused of having violated the UN embargo. In 1999, together with an engineer, who has already been convicted, they mediated the sale of equipment for the construction of gun barrels for NBC [nuclear, biological, chemical] weapons to Iraq. The Iraq-born man owns two Jordan-based companies and was arrested in Bulgaria last November.
  • Records show Iraq was buying forbidden U.S. high-tech goods

    08/29/2003 12:16:24 AM PDT · by kattracks · 17 replies · 125+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 8/29/03 | Donna Leinwand and Jim Michaels
    <p>BAGHDAD — U.S. investigators examining bank and government records here say they have unearthed evidence that high-tech hardware manufactured by at least 30 U.S. companies was sold to Iraq in violation of United Nations sanctions and U.S. Customs regulations.</p> <p>The evidence may confirm the United States' long-standing accusation that Saddam violated the U.N. sanctions, which sought to isolate and punish his regime for its invasion of Kuwait in 1990, its persecution of Shiite Muslims and ethnic Kurds and its efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction.</p>
  • British Man Charged in Missile-Sale Case

    08/13/2003 10:15:45 AM PDT · by Gabrielle Reilly · 5 replies · 241+ views
    My Way ^ | Aug 13th, 2003 | By STEVE STRUNSKY
    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A suspected arms dealer was arraigned Wednesday on federal charges that he allegedly tried to sell shoulder-fired missiles to an undercover agent posing as a Muslim terrorist bent on shooting down an airliner. Hemet Lakhani, 68, a Briton described as a "significant international arms dealer," was ordered held without bail pending a custody hearing Monday. He is charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to terrorists and acting as an arms broker without a license. His lawyer refused to comment on the case after the hearing. Another defendant, Moinuddeen Ahmed Hameed, was ordered held...
  • U.S. To Search Cleric's House In Iraq

    08/01/2003 10:06:36 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 22 replies · 148+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 1, 2003 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The U.S. military tomorrow will begin a major excavation in search of banned weapons components an Iraqi informant said were buried by Saddam Hussein's regime at a Muslim clerics's house in Najaf in December, three months before the war began.</p>
  • British troops find SAM launcher in Basra hospital

    06/27/2003 12:13:34 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 5 replies · 105+ views
    Ananova ^ | 06/27/03
    British forces have discovered an Iraqi surface-to-air missile launcher in a Basra hospital. It was another likely indication that Saddam Hussein used humanitarian sites as shields for military hardware. The missile system had been hidden on the grounds of the Shatt al-Arab hospital and British soldiers said it had been fired on a number of occasions from the facility during the war. The soldiers went to the site after a tip from locals. "Having spoken to the locals, they're claiming that this system was used twice from this hospital location," said Major David White. "It would have been very difficult...
  • Found: Saddam's $12.5m cash crop (patrol finds buried box of cash, w/ Saddam's 1st wife's ID)

    06/20/2003 9:52:18 AM PDT · by dead · 12 replies · 195+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | June 21 2003 | Peter Foster in Tikrit
    On his current pay grade, Captain Brad Boyd would need to work for 209 years and seven months to earn the stack of $US100 bills piled on the table in front of him. "It sure is a big stash of money," Captain Boyd said as he told how $US12.5 million ($18.6 million) came to be sitting on a sideboard in the presidential palace in Saddam Hussein's home town, Tikrit. His patrol, surviving on four hours' sleep a night and attacked by rockets that night, was too tired to get excited by two farmhouses a few kilometres south-east of Tikrit. Within...
  • Republicans Dismiss Questions Over Evidence on Banned Weapons in Iraq

    06/18/2003 10:55:04 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 149+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 6/18/2003 | DAVID E. SANGER and CARL HULSE
    Despite growing questions about whether the White House exaggerated the evidence about Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapons, President Bush and his aides believe that the relief that Americans feel about Mr. Hussein's fall in Iraq will overwhelm any questions about the case the administration's built against him, administration officials and Republican strategists say. For two days, Mr. Bush has characterized his critics as engaging in "revisionist history," and he has dwelled on the outcome of the war rather than the urgent nature of the threat that he described, almost daily, to build support for military action. As part of...
  • Al Qaim Clings To Its WMD Secrets

    06/10/2003 8:38:32 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 9 replies · 373+ views
    Debka File ^ | April 13, 2003 | Debka File
      Wednesday, June 11, 2003   Home Page - Advertise - DEBKA-Net-Weekly - Customized Service Enlarge International    Bin Laden Terror  Terrorism  Intelligence Regional   Israel  Middle East  Americas  Persian Gulf  Asia  China  Europe  Russia   Al Qaim Clings to Its WMD SecretsFrom DEBKAfile War Diary - Day 24 of Iraq War, April 12, 2003April 13, 2003, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00) Since the Saddam Hussein statues were torn down around Iraq, many Israelis have stopped carrying their gas masks despite almost daily exhortations by defense minister Shaul Mofaz to keep them close and not dismantle their sealed rooms since the...
  • 'Iraqis did have Scuds'admits Channel 4 reporter, self-censored her reports

    06/11/2003 4:02:21 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 21 replies · 401+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday June 11th,2003 | Ciar Byrne
    'Iraqis did have Scuds' Ciar Byrne Wednesday June 11, 2003 Channel 4 News diplomatic correspondent Lindsey Hilsum has admitted that she "self-censored" her reports from Baghdad and did not tell viewers that Saddam Hussein's regime was hiding Scud missile launchers in residential areas, because she did not want to be thrown out of the city. Hilsum saw a missile launcher in a back street of Baghdad after losing her way when driving to the scene of the first marketplace bombing in the city, in which 14 people were killed. Although Channel 4 News was not censored by Saddam's secret police,...
  • PA plans to buy illegal weapons from al-Aqsa members; White House calls Hamas "enemy of peace"

    06/07/2003 6:25:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 227+ views
    Palestinian security chief Mohammed Dahlan has offered to buy illegal weapons carried by members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Palestinian officials said over the weekend, according to press reports. The buyback, which is to start in the coming days, has been funded by money from the United States, Britain and other European countries, the officials said. A senior activist at Al-Aqsa Brigades said Dahlan is offering $6,000 for each rifle. Dahlan also offered a signup bonus of at least $6,000 to Al-Aqsa members who join the security forces, Palestinian sources said. Meanwhile, following Hamas' decision to end cease-fire talks with...
  • Banned missile programme found in Iraq

    06/03/2003 10:51:48 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 81 replies · 627+ views
    LONDON (AFP) - US and British experts have discovered that Iraq was developing a banned missile, capable of reaching Israel and other parts of the Middle East, the Times reported, quoting "senior government sources". The right-of-centre newspaper said it understood British Prime Minister Tony Blair , who has called for patience in the search for Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, has been told that rocket motors for the missiles have been found. Sources told the paper that in the past few weeks weapons experts discovered that the Abu Ghraib military base near Baghdad was developing a weapon with a...
  • U.S. Hasn't Probed Secret Iraqi Documents

    06/03/2003 9:56:01 PM PDT · by knak · 2 replies · 195+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - More than a decade of suspicions about Iraq (news - web sites)'s missile industry and its capabilities for delivering weapons of mass destruction could be investigated quickly now that American forces control the country. But no U.S. weapons hunters or intelligence officials have visited the heart of Iraq's missile programs — the state-owned al-Fatah (news - web sites) company in Baghdad, which designed all the rockets Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s troops fired in 1991 and again this year. Not only that, it's not even on their agenda. "We have the most sensitive documents here," said...
  • So, Where Are Those Iraqi Weapons? (Helen Thomas Centrum Silver Alert)

    06/02/2003 12:48:48 PM PDT · by Lance Romance · 26 replies · 174+ views
    The Boston Channel ^ | 6-2-03 | Helen Thomas
    So, Where Are Those Iraqi Weapons? CIA Investigates Accuracy Of Administration's Accusations That Led To War POSTED: 3:02 p.m. EDT May 30, 2003 UPDATED: 3:04 p.m. EDT May 30, 2003 WASHINGTON -- The Central Intelligence Agency is investigating the accuracy of the Bush administration's conclusions that Iraq represented an imminent and direct threat to the United States. The administration cited U.S. intelligence assessments that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and had ties to al-Qaida terrorists as reasons to attack Iraq. Now, after seven weeks of U.S. occupation of Iraq, the failure to find evidence supporting those accusations raises the...
  • Bush: 'We Found' Banned Weapons

    05/30/2003 8:19:23 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 95 replies · 576+ views
    KRAKOW, Poland, May 30 -- President Bush, citing two trailers that U.S. intelligence agencies have said were probably used as mobile biological weapons labs, said U.S. forces in Iraq have "found the weapons of mass destruction" that were the United States' primary justification for going to war. In remarks to Polish television at a time of mounting criticism at home and abroad that the more than two-month-old weapons hunt is turning up nothing, Bush said that claims of failure were "wrong." The remarks were released today. "You remember when [Secretary of State] Colin Powell stood up in front of the...
  • 30 missiles discovered in Iraq Coalition finds launcher; some parts French-, German-made

    05/27/2003 6:03:58 PM PDT · by demlosers · 35 replies · 449+ views
    NBC ^ | 27 May 2003
    May 27 — Defense Department officials have told NBC News that coalition troops have found more than 30 missiles in Iraq over the last few days, including some missiles and missile-launching components of French and German origin. DEFENSE OFFICIALS said 33 Seersucker surface-to-surface missiles, along with two launchers, were found on the al-Faw peninsula in southern Iraq. No warheads were discovered. A Roland surface-to-air missile launcher was also found, with two missiles, near Mosul. A defense official told NBC News that the missiles were being examined to see how new they were. Some components of Roland missile systems are produced...
  • Britain finds Iraq's 'smoking gun': a top-secret missile

    05/24/2003 4:31:22 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 91 replies · 620+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 05/25/03 | Con Coughlin
    British military officers have uncovered an attempt by Saddam Hussein to build a missile capable of hitting targets throughout the Middle East, including Israel, The Telegraph can reveal. Plans for the surface-to-surface missile were one of the regime's most closely-guarded secrets and were unknown to United Nations weapons inspectors. Its range of 600 miles would have been far greater than that of the al-Samoud rocket - which already breached the 93-mile limit imposed by the UN on any Iraqi missiles. Saddam's masterplan for the new missile, which was being developed by Iraq's Military Industrialisation Commission (MIC), the body responsible for...
  • Odyssey of Frustration In Search for Weapons, Army Team Finds Vacuum Cleaners

    05/17/2003 10:41:55 PM PDT · by John H K · 4 replies · 155+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2003 | Barton Gellman
    ...The pace of work by Team 3 picked up as U.S. forces advanced, but not its progress. Some of the American combat units had been issued pocket-sized guides from the Pentagon to help soldiers and Marines turn up leads. Titled the "WMD Facility, Equipment and Munitions Identification Handbook," the guide offered descriptions and color pictures of the whole range of weapons programs that the Bush administration suspected Iraq still maintained. The theory was that otherwise untrained ground troops could serve as spotters. Encountering something suspicious, a soldier could pull out his handbook and compare what he saw to a centrifuge...
  • Searching for Weapons of Mass Destruction, Larry Elder

    05/16/2003 9:51:27 PM PDT · by Stuckathome · 23 replies · 362+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Larry Elder
    Searching for weapons of mass destruction -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: May 8, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Laurence A. Elder The president based the war on Iraq on the presence (in that country) of weapons of mass destruction, principally chemical and biological weapons, despite U.N. resolutions mandating their declaration and destruction. A month ago, coalition forces caused the Iraqi government to collapse. Critics now ask: Where's the evidence? The administration urges patience, noting that thousands of sites remain to be inspected. Remember that during the pre-1996 round of inspections, thousands of inspectors failed to uncover weapons of mass destruction until an...
  • Second Possible Iraqi Mobile Lab Found

    05/13/2003 12:11:19 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 351+ views
    AP | 5/13/03 | MATT KELLEY
    Second Possible Iraqi Mobile Lab Found By MATT KELLEY .c The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. forces found another trailer in northern Iraq that appeared to be a mobile biological weapons laboratory, Pentagon officials said Monday. The trailer was similar to one seized last month that U.S. officials believe may have been a germ weapons workshop for the Iraqis, two officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. American troops found the second trailer around the northern city of Mosul Friday night or Saturday morning, one official said. U.S. experts are examining it in Mosul before sending it to the...