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  • Top nuclear watchdog expected to give Iraq a grade of 'B'

    01/24/2003 10:15:27 AM PST · by RoughDobermann · 55 replies · 205+ views
    <p>BREAKING NEWS Top nuclear watchdog expected to give Iraq a grade of 'B' for cooperation with weapons inspectors, according to The Associated Press. Full story soon.</p>
  • Caught on Tape: ‘Hold onto your hat,’ says one U.S. intelligence official

    01/31/2003 3:39:37 PM PST · by aculeus · 205 replies · 999+ views
    Newsweek ^ | January 31, 2003 | Michael Isikoff and Michael Hirsh
    EXCLUSIVE: Bush administration to release tapes that could incriminate Iraq. Jan. 31 — The Bush administration is preparing to release supersensitive electronic intercepts obtained by the National Security Agency that officials say prove that Iraq has repeatedly lied to United Nations inspectors, plotted among themselves about how to conceal weapons material and even appeared to boast afterward at their success in doing so, NEWSWEEK has learned.

    01/28/2003 12:44:46 AM PST · by kattracks · 32 replies · 294+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/28/03 | NILES LATHEM
    <p>January 28, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein has ordered official death certificates sent to Iraqi scientists' families as a chilling warning against aiding U.N. inspectors, The Post has learned.</p> <p>Word of the death certificates containing prominent scientists' names has reached Iraqi exile groups.</p>
  • Iraqi Scientists Being Hidden in one of Saddam's Palaces

    12/31/2002 11:15:56 AM PST · by IonInsights · 24 replies · 266+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/31/02 | Fox News
    Just reported on Fox News.
  • U.N.'s Blix Says Iraq Smuggled Arms-Related Goods

    01/14/2003 6:01:17 AM PST · by visagoth · 13 replies · 248+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/14/03
    U.N.'s Blix Says Iraq Smuggled Arms-Related Goods Tue January 14, 2003 08:29 AM ET LONDON (Reuters) - Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix has said his teams in Iraq have uncovered weapons-related smuggling but it was unclear if the goods were linked to weapons of mass destruction. Currency traders said the dollar slipped briefly on the report, coming close to a three-year low against the euro and testing the day's low against the safe-haven Swiss franc. "We have found several cases where it is clear that Iraq has imported weapons-related material in violation of the prohibitions of the Security Council,"...
  • U.N. inspectors' Iraqi informants: Wolfowitz, Bush describe Saddam's concealment tactics

    01/29/2003 1:19:19 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 225+ views ^ | Wednesday, January 29, 2003
    Iraq recruited U.N. inspectors as informants and learns in advance which facilities will be searched, giving Saddam advance warning that enables him to play "rope-a-dope in the desert," according to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. As World first reported, Wolfowitz offered details of Iraq's "concealment" strategy in an address to the Council on Foreign Relations late last week. President Bush offered highlights in his State of the Union address last night. Middle East Newsline reported that much of the information on Iraq's infiltration of U.N. inspectors and concealment strategy U.S. officials cite comes from foreign intelligence services, including...
  • Iraqi's Papers Said to Relate to Uranium Enrichment

    01/18/2003 9:36:33 AM PST · by Dog Gone · 37 replies · 337+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday January 18, 2003
    LARNACA, Cyprus (AP) - Documents taken from an Iraqi scientist this week appear to have been related to laser enrichment, the head of the U.N. nuclear control agency said Saturday. U.N. inspectors went to the Baghdad home of physicist Faleh Hassan on Thursday and removed a number of documents, which the scientist said were from his private research and from doctoral theses of his students. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told The Associated Press that it was too early to tell what the documents were for certain and that he would get details when he and...
  • Statements to the UN Security Council by two Inspectors and Members of the SC, 7 Mar 2003

    03/07/2003 6:37:39 PM PST · by PhiKapMom · 20 replies · 410+ views
    United Nations ^ | 7 March 2003 | Inspectors and Security Council Members
    07/03/2003 Press ReleaseSC/7682 NOTE: FOLLOWING ARE SUMMARIES OF STATEMENTS MADE TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING TODAY, 7 MARCH. A COMPLETE SUMMARY OF THE MEETING WILL APPEAR AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING AS PRESS RELEASE SC/7682. Background When the Security Council met this morning to consider the situation between Iraq and Kuwait, it had before it a note from the Secretary-General (document S/2003/232) transmitting the twelfth quarterly report of the Executive Chairman of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) in accordance with paragraph 12 of Security Council resolution 1284 (1999), covering UNMOVIC&#8217;s activities from 1 December 2002...
  • [Iran-allied] Iraqi exile says: "UN inspectors in cahoots with Saddam"

    02/18/2003 1:01:09 AM PST · by Int · 12 replies · 239+ views
    UN inspectors in cahoots with Saddam: SCIRI official Tehran, Feb 18, IRNA -- The report of former diplomat and chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix to the UN Security Council gives the suggestion that the inspectors are in cahoots with Saddam Hussein's regime and not in the interest of the Iraqi people, said Abdolaziz Hakim, a leading member of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution (SCIRI)inIraq. In an exclusive interview with `Iran News' published Tuesday, the SCIRI officials raised the question as to why the UN weapons inspectors did not interview top-level Iraqi officials and even Saddam Hussein...
  • Iraqi Warheads Embarrass Saddam, American Liberals

    01/17/2003 7:54:51 AM PST · by shortstop · 13 replies · 317+ views ^ | 1/17/03 | Bob Lonsberry
    Of course, the temptation is to gloat. To quietly sit and wait for the various Iraq defenders to come up with some explanation for the smoking gun. The dozen chemical warheads which Iraq and its friends assured us didn’t exist. The busloads of protesters headed to Washington, the leadership of the Democratic Party, dancing monkeys like Cheryl Crowe. It would be fun to stick a microphone in their faces and wait for them to stammer out a response. Because, admit it or not, they have all been shown to be idiots. The whole menagerie of them. With their resolutions and...
  • Examples of omissions from Iraq declaration, according to U.S.

    12/20/2002 2:18:59 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 204+ views
    AP | 12/20/02
    Dec 20, 2002 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Examples of omissions from Iraq's declaration to the U.N. Security Council about its weapons arsenal, according to the U.S. State Department: Anthrax and Other Undeclared Biological Agents -A previous U.N. inspection commission concluded that Iraq did not verifiably account for, at a minimum, 2,160 kg (4,752 pounds) of growth media. -This material, still unaccounted for, is enough to produce 26,000 liters of anthrax - three times the amount Iraq declared; 1,200 liters of botulinum toxin; and 5,500 liters of clostridium perfrigens - 16 times the amount Iraq declared. --- Ballistic Missiles...
  • Baghdad leaps to explain warhead find

    02/04/2003 9:32:07 AM PST · by nypokerface · 6 replies · 286+ views
    AP ^ | 02/04/03
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq took the unusual step of issuing an explanation for a missile warhead discovered yesterday by UN arms inspectors -- before the monitors themselves made the news public. The inspectors found the abandoned case of a small rocket and a "modified, damaged and abandoned warhead" at a missile parts factory south of Baghdad, the Iraqi News Agency said, describing it as a Russian-made Luna -- a short-range rocket permitted under UN resolutions. Iraq, however, rarely reports on what the inspectors find. The report appeared timed to give Iraq's version of events before the discovery was publicized by...
  • White House calls chemical warhead discovery 'serious'

    01/17/2003 8:45:54 AM PST · by TLBSHOW · 28 replies · 226+ views
    ap ^ | 1/17/2003 | ap
    White House calls chemical warhead discovery 'serious' WASHINGTON - The White House said Friday that chemical warheads found in Iraq had not been declared by President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s government as required by U.N. rules, and called the discovery "troubling and serious." Presidential spokesman Ari Fleischer (news - web sites) stopped short of calling the weapons cache a breach of an anti-arms U.N. resolution, saying the United States has already found Saddam in violation of several U.N. rules. U.S. officials hope the discovery of 11 empty chemical warheads at a storage area 75 miles (120 kilometers) south...
  • Castro tells Iraq: destroy weapons

    03/06/2003 4:09:16 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 43 replies · 263+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | march 7, 2003
    CUBAN President Fidel Castro has urged Baghdad to destroy "the last cubic centimetre of chemical or biological weapons" to remove any pretext Washington might have to attack it. At the close of the new Cuban parliamentary legislature, in which Castro's re-election as head of the government and the state came as no surprise, the Cuban leader praised Iraq's decision to destroy its Al-Samoud 2 missiles. "The American Government will no longer have the least legal or moral pretext to attack Iraq," Castro said. He slammed Washington for closing its eyes to atomic weapons held by Israel having provided the means...
  • Iraqi Scientists Tipped About Inspections

    04/24/2003 6:02:53 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 2 replies · 180+ views
    Washington Times | April 24, 2003 | Niko Price
    BAGHDAD - Six Iraqi scientists working at different Baghdad research institutions were ordered to destroy bacteria and equipment and hide more in their homes before visits from U.N. weapons inspectors in the months leading up to the war, the scientists say. In separate interviews, all of the scientists said they were involved in civilian research projects and none knew of any programs for weapons of mass destruction. It was not clear why their materials, ostensibly for nonmilitary research, were ordered destroyed. But their accounts indicate the government of Saddam Hussein may have had advance knowledge of at least some of...
  • Banishing Hans Blix

    04/23/2003 7:26:59 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 54 replies · 214+ views
    Having won a military victory in Iraq without the support of the United Nations, the Bush administration now seems determined to search for Baghdad's unconventional weapons without help from Hans Blix and his team of international inspectors. That is too bad. The hunt for these weapons would be aided by the presence of independent experts, and the credibility of any discoveries would be much enhanced if they were confirmed by the U.N. Mr. Blix said yesterday that his arms control specialists could return to Iraq in two weeks and work cooperatively with Americans now in the field. As he spoke,...
  • Iraqi scientists told to hide materials

    04/23/2003 5:50:24 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 179+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | April 24, 2003 | MARGARET NEIGHBOUR
    IRAQI scientists claim they were ordered to destroy bacteria and equipment and hide more in their homes before visits by United Nations weapons inspectors ahead of the war.Their accounts indicate that the government of Saddam Hussein may have had advance knowledge of at least some of the inspectors’ visits and that it was concerned about any material that could raise suspicion. Six scientists said they worked for civilian research projects and none knew of any programmes for weapons of mass destruction. "An hour or two before the inspectors came to the university, I got my orders from the chairman," said...
  • Arms inspections first hurdle for UN Security Council over Iraq

    04/22/2003 12:03:47 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 115+ views
    Agence France-Presse | 4/22/03
    The Security Council meets with chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix in an attempt to remove one of the hurdles in the way of determining the United Nations' post-war role in Iraq.Russia again insisted Monday that the inspectors return to Iraq to confirm that it has no banned chemical, biological or nuclear weapons before the UN's 13-year-old economic sanctions are removed.A permanent council member, Russia has the power to veto any resolution to lift sanctions and unlock doors to potentially lucrative markets in Iraq, one of the largest oil exporters before the embargo was imposed.But the United States, having...
  • Russia to insist UN inspectors go to Iraq-source

    04/21/2003 1:27:36 AM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 96+ views
    Reuters | 4/21/03
    Russia to insist UN inspectors go to Iraq-source MOSCOW, April 21 (Reuters) - Russia will insist on U.N. arms inspectors declaring Iraq free of weapons of mass destruction before sanctions against it can be lifted, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a senior foreign ministry official as saying on Monday. The unnamed official said chief weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei, who headed U.N. inspections in Iraq prior to the U.S.-led war, should be allowed to return and quickly finish their work. "This could be done within a couple of weeks as it is obvious that there are no such weapons...
  • Shallow graves unearth Iraqi evil

    04/21/2003 1:21:00 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 195+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/21/03 | LAURA J. WINTER
    BAGHDAD - Among the Iraqis who have recovered bodies from shallow mass graves at the country's largest prison is the family of a retired general they say disappeared after meeting with UN weapons inspectors. "We came to this place because someone told us that he may be buried somewhere here," said Abu Haldoon, the brother-in-law of retired Air Force Gen. Engineer Ali Hussein Habib. Habib retired in 1991 after heading a team of military officers in developing Iraq's chemical weapons program, Haldoon said. In early February, UN experts searching for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction interviewed the...