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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...
  • White House scorns bomb find

    02/25/2003 8:40:44 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 8 replies · 256+ views
    guardian ^ | February 25, 2003 | Julian Borger and Suzanne Goldenberg
    Iraq has admitted it has found a bomb with a possible biological warhead, and a stash of documents on weapons disposal, the chief UN inspector said yesterday. Hans Blix, the head of the UN Monitoring Verification and Inspection Commission (Unmovic), described the declarations as "positive", and said they would be investigated further. President Bush, however, dismissed the Iraqi admissions, which came in a series of letters to Mr Blix over the past few days, as token gestures designed to fend off the threat of invasion by giving the appearance of cooperation. The president told journalists he expected to see Saddam...
  • War was Blair's duty

    04/18/2003 5:07:40 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 7 replies · 183+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 19, 2003 | George Jones
    Tony Blair was a willing participant in the battle to topple Saddam Hussein from the beginning. Accusations from anti-war protesters and Left-wing Labour MPs that he was George W Bush's "poodle", just doing America's bidding, are wide of the mark. Even before the post-9/11 war against terrorism pushed Iraq to the forefront of America's concerns, Mr Blair was deeply worried about weapons of mass destruction. In 1998, he had been involved with Bill Clinton, Mr Bush's predecessor, in missile strikes on Iraq after Saddam was accused of hampering the UN weapons inspectors. Reports from Britain's intelligence agencies about Saddam's chemical...
  • Rice taps inspector with Iraq experience

    04/17/2003 11:01:42 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 222+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/18/03 | Stewart Stogel
    <p>NEW YORK — Charles Duelfer, a former State Department official who once led a weapons inspection team in Iraq, is in Baghdad directing the U.S. search for banned weapons, diplomatic sources said.</p> <p>According to the sources, White House National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, a friend of Mr. Duelfer, tapped him to lead the new inspection effort. Neither the State Department nor the United Nations would confirm his arrival in the Iraqi capital.</p>
  • Trouble brewing over Iraq sanctions

    04/17/2003 10:17:19 PM PDT · by knak · 15 replies · 78+ views
    reuters ^ | 4/18/03
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A new dispute is looming between Washington and the United Nations over a role for the international community in rebuilding post-war Iraq. A call by U.S. President George W. Bush to lift the sanctions, which have been in place for a dozen years, was widely viewed as a direct challenge to the Security Council to set aside its objections to the U.S.-led war and help the shattered Iraqi economy recover. At a summit in Athens, the European Union on Thursday urged Washington to allow the United Nations to take a central role in Iraq's reconstruction. U.N. Secretary-General...
  • Iraqi weapons issue must be settled once and for all

    04/17/2003 5:33:00 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 1 replies · 81+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | April 18, 2003 | Therese Delpech
    THERE is a famous Soviet joke about the impossibility of being right: workers who arrived early at the workplace were accused of espionage, those who arrived late were guilty of sabotage, and those who got there on time were despised for petty bourgeois conformism. As the war in Iraq winds down, something similar is happening in the debate over weapons of mass destruction. An early discovery by coalition forces would have proved that operational intelligence was not provided to international inspectors; late findings would show that evidence has been planted by the CIA, while no discovery of proscribed weapons would...
  • Inspections required to end sanctions, UN says

    04/12/2003 1:26:17 PM PDT · by knak · 76 replies · 159+ views
    boston globe ^ | 4/12/03 | Elizabeth Neuffer
    <p>UNITED NATIONS - Crippling sanctions on war-torn Iraq cannot be lifted yet because United Nations resolutions require that weapons inspectors first verify that Iraq is free of banned deadly weapons, Security Council diplomats said yesterday.</p> <p>The UN sanctions on Iraq, mandated by a series of resolutions passed since the 1991 Gulf War, restrict both the flow of goods into the country as well as the sale of Iraqi oil, a combination that could stall efforts to rebuild the country. The embargo was intended to punish Saddam Hussein's regime, but it legally applies to anyone now in charge of Iraq, UN diplomats say.</p>
  • A thousand sites to be inspected for WMD

    04/12/2003 12:22:45 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 171+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, April 12, 2003 | By Bill Gertz
    <p>U.S. military specialists in Iraq have inspected about 12 possible chemical, biological and nuclear weapons sites in Iraq and have a list of 1,000 sites to be checked in the coming days now that organized Iraqi military resistance has collapsed.</p>
  • U.S. probing nuclear facility (Al Tuwaitha Follow Up)

    04/11/2003 4:51:32 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 720+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 11, 2003 | Art Moore
    An investigation is underway to determine whether U.S. Marines guarding Iraq's most important nuclear facility have discovered previously undocumented weapons-grade nuclear material. Initial reports indicated earlier this week that the Marines had located a vast underground complex of tunnels, warehouses and offices that apparently had been missed by U.N. weapons inspectors at the Al-Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Center, 18 miles south of Baghdad. One report said the tunnels might contain weapons-grade plutonium, while unnamed source have suggested the U.S. forces came upon known stocks of low-grade uranium and broke U.N. seals meant to control radioactive material. Lt. Cmdr. Charles Owens, a...
  • THE SCOTSMAN: Saddam's missiles give the game away

    03/20/2003 6:05:17 PM PST · by MadIvan · 10 replies · 195+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | March 21, 2003 | The Scotsman
    WAR is a last resort, and always should be. So no-one can take any pleasure in the events now unfolding in Iraq. Those who reject war on any grounds whatsoever will not be assuaged. But those who see armed force as sometimes - regrettably - required to maintain security, or defend human rights, will find that the situation unfolding in Iraq justifies their position. Yesterday, as the liberation of Iraq began, the crumbling Saddam Hussein regime fired salvoes of missiles at Allied troop concentrations in Kuwait. It was the most eloquent admission by the Iraqi dictatorship that it had been...
  • The Fix Is In

    03/13/2003 6:37:19 AM PST · by lloydwdudley · 33 replies · 309+ views
    jerseygop ^ | Jonathan David Morris
    In his oral report before the UN Security Council last Friday, chief weapons inspector Hans Blix somehow failed to mention an undeclared Iraqi drone capable of flying more than 90 miles to deliver biochemical agents. News of this spectacular find was relegated to the fine print of Dr. Blix's 173-page single-spaced written thesis, along with word of 10,000 liters of anthrax hidden throughout Saddam's Magic Kingdom. "That's preposterous," you say. "Janeane Garofalo insures us 'there's no evidence that [Saddam Hussein] has weapons of mass destruction.' Why would the former co-star of a hit sitcom such as The Larry Sanders Show...

    03/31/2003 1:46:36 AM PST · by kattracks · 23 replies · 98+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3/31/03 | GERSH KUNTZMAN
    <p>March 31, 2003 -- Iraq has blocked the Red Cross from visiting American prisoners of war - part of Saddam's ongoing violation of the Geneva Convention, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff charged yesterday.</p> <p>General Richard Myers blasted Iraq's treatment of U.S. POWs as a violation of universally accepted rules for the treatment of captured prisoners. "We have over 4,000 Iraqi POWs [and] we've allowed the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit those," Myers said.</p>
  • US Army to Inspect Suspected Chemical Site

    03/24/2003 6:00:02 PM PST · by I'mPeach · 7 replies · 235+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 25, 2003 | Caroline Glick
    US forces secured the suspected chemical plant in Najah on Monday, as 12 civilians were caught attempting to transport a truckload of AK-47 rifles to the site. These dozen men were added to the 54 Iraqi officers and soldiers, including a general,who surrendered to the 2-7 mechanized infantry battalion during Sunday's raid of the huge camouflaged complex. Senior army sources told this reporter that the army is concerned with the sensitive status of the site. Specialists from an army "exploitation team" will arrive at the complex Tuesday to conduct comprehensive inspections, they said.
  • Kofi Says Inspections Will Continue!

    03/24/2003 7:03:14 AM PST · by laz17 · 158 replies · 339+ views
    Fox News | 3/24/03
    Kofi Annan just announced that once the war is over, UN inspections will continue. What the hell is this pygmy smoking?

    03/21/2003 2:10:07 AM PST · by kattracks · 93 replies · 423+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3/21/03 | ROBERT HARDT Jr.
    <p>March 21, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix yesterday said Iraq violated its agreement with the United Nations if the missiles it fired at American troops were Scuds.</p> <p>"I'm very interested to know whether they used Scuds," Blix said in an interview with the Fox News Channel. "If they're firing [Scuds], of course that shows that there's a violation," he said.</p>
  • Blix hand selected by Saddam!

    03/17/2003 6:25:50 AM PST · by TheBattman · 13 replies · 184+ views
    AFR | 3/17/2003 | ?
    Just heard a news report on AFR news (radio) that when the selection of a chief weapons inspector was made, Russia, France, and Germany had two candidates picked out. One was Blix, the other, I don't recall the name. Apparently, the US and most experts wanted the other guy presented, but the UN committee responsible for selecting the chief inspector actually contacted Saddam and asked which candidate he preferred.
  • The Sham of Inspections

    03/16/2003 1:15:58 PM PST · by MHGinTN · 8 replies · 140+ views
    Aural Consumption ^ | 3/16/2003 | MHGinTN
    How effective is the French, German, Russian, U.N. approved weapons inspection sham? Just now on Fox News, Bill Tierney nailed Elbaradai and the 'inspections' charade. Two major points: 1) the aluminium tubes issue is a total failure of the inspections to acknowledge that the tubes were in fact meant for the enrichment process because Bill Tierney has seen the operation at al Nassiri where the actual rocket tubes are spitting out like potato chips, without the 'tight specifications' requested of the imported tubes! So, the specifications for the special tubes can only be for enrichment processes; 2) Tierney (a former...
  • France proposes reducing Iraq disarmament deadline to 30 days

    03/16/2003 12:30:51 PM PST · by Hadean · 44 replies · 277+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | March 16 2003
    PARIS, March 16, Kyodo - French President Jacques Chirac proposed on Sunday shortening the deadline for Iraq to disarm to 30 days instead of four months, the French presidential office said. French officials said Chirac unveiled the proposal in an interview the U.S. media to be broadcast later Sunday, saying that France is ready to consider the proposition. The White House has already rejected a similar proposal Chilean President Ricardo Lagos made on Friday. Chirac held the interview prior to an emergency summit later Sunday of the United States, Britain and Spain in the Azores islands. France, Germany and Russia...
  • Pentagon: Iraq to be Split Into 3 Sectors

    03/07/2003 9:35:21 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 7 replies · 204+ views
    NewsMax ^ | March 8th, 2003 | NewsMax Staff
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Tommy Franks will be in total charge of Iraq immediately after the war, but will be supported shortly thereafter by three civilian administrators, each in charge of a different geographic sector of the country, Pentagon officials said Friday. Iraq would be divided into thirds for administrative purposes -- northern, southern and central sectors. The borders of those areas have not been established, according to the Pentagon officials, but the southern sector is expected to be demographically dominated by Shiites and the northern sector by Kurds. Boundary lines would be determined by existing major...
  • Iraqui drones could drop chemicals on troops

    03/07/2003 8:54:57 PM PST · by Vincent 567 · 11 replies · 246+ views
    Times Online ^ | 3/8/03 | James Bone
    World News March 08, 2003 Iraqi drone 'could drop chemicals on troops' From James Bone in New York A REPORT declassified by the United Nations yesterday contained a hidden bombshell with the revelation that inspectors have recently discovered an undeclared Iraqi drone with a wingspan of 7.45m, suggesting an illegal range that could threaten Iraq’s neighbours with chemical and biological weapons. US officials were outraged that Hans Blix, the chief UN weapons inspector, did not inform the Security Council about the drone, or remotely piloted vehicle, in his oral presentation to Foreign Ministers and tried to bury it in a...
  • England for Inspections???

    03/06/2003 6:50:12 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 10 replies · 204+ views
    My local news just reported that Britain will soon join France, Germany, and China in asking for more weapons inspections. I've learned not to watch local news for important things. Especially national ones. They are usually a day or two behind regular news, and never report fully and accurately.
  • Iraq Hands More Ammunition to Anti-War Camp

    03/03/2003 9:23:20 AM PST · by mcrommert · 7 replies · 188+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 2, 2003 | Nadim Ladki
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq destroyed a second batch of banned missiles and Turkey held up the Pentagon's battle plans, handing more ammunition to France and other countries opposed to any U.S.-led rush to war against Baghdad. Baghdad made the destruction of its arsenal of some 120 al-Samoud 2 missiles, expected to take two weeks, a key test of world opinion on its cooperation with the United Nations, warning it would stop if Washington launched any war without U.N. authorization. Iraq also opened talks on Sunday with U.N. arms inspectors on VX nerve gas and anthrax stocks it says it...
  • 'Inspectors' denied US access

    02/23/2003 4:38:50 PM PST · by bobi · 55 replies · 264+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 24/02/2003 | Agence France-Presse
    'Inspectors' denied US access February 24, 2003 US military officials refused a 13-member international delegation entry to an army base after the group asked to carry out an inspection for illegal arms at the site. MPs, scientists, academics, religious and union leaders from Canada, the United States, Britain, Italy and Denmark were denied access to the US Army site at Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland, after army officials said they lacked the proper accreditation. The team had made a formal request to the US Defence Department in the past week for authorisation to enter the site, Canadian activists Rooting...
  • Blix orders Iraqi rockets surrendered, destroyed -.. says illegal range of weapons is certain.

    02/22/2003 10:45:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 105+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | Saturday, February 22, 2003 | FELICITY BARRINGER The New York Times
    <p>UNITED NATIONS – The chief U.N. weapons inspector demanded Friday that Iraq begin turning over all its al-Samoud 2 missiles within a week for destruction, along with any illegally imported engines to be used with them.</p> <p>The letter from Hans Blix, with a March 1 deadline, comes as Washington is expected to submit a resolution early next week that is likely to declare Iraq in breach of disarmament obligations.</p>
  • Caption this pic BLIX and KOFI

    02/21/2003 9:36:45 AM PST · by MassExodus · 7 replies · 122+ views
    MassExodus | 2/21 | Self
  • Famed reporter criticizes Iraq tact (Bernstein projectile vomit alert)

    02/20/2003 10:01:03 AM PST · by jwalburg · 10 replies · 140+ views
    Knight-Ridder (Aberdeen American News) ^ | 02-20-2003 | DONNA WRIGHT
    Journalist Carl Bernstein, who helped break the Watergate story three decades ago, told a Sarasota audience Wednesday that the Bush administration should seek to prevent a holy war, not start one. The former Washington Post reporter spoke to a sell-out audience at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as a guest speaker in the Town Hall Lecture series, sponsored by Ringling School of Art and Design "We need less attitude in Washington and more diplomacy," Bernstein said. "And I say this with real respect for George W. Bush . . . but I do not believe his theological rhetoric about good...
  • Iraq-al Qaeda Partnership to Target Gulf Oil Fields (Debka)

    02/16/2003 9:09:43 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 9 replies · 159+ views
    Debka ^ | Feb. 16, 2003 | Debka
    The picture emerging from these developments is of a combined Iraqi-al Qaeda sabotage plan to synchronize the torching of Iraq-Saudi-Gulf oil resources with the onset of American military action against Iraq. This threat, to which Mr. Blix and Dr. ElBaradei are oblivious, has brought forth direct action from the Bush administration in Washington, the US war command and its intelligence arms at home and abroad. When millions marched against war in hundreds of world cities Saturday, February 15, US military convoys were carrying American commando units into northern Iraq through the Turkish-Iraqi border crossing at Habur. They were on their...
  • FReep this Poll! Should the U.S.-led coalition allow more time for weapons inspections in Iraq?

    02/16/2003 7:18:09 AM PST · by sergiod · 41 replies · 188+ views
    <p>Should the U.S.-led coalition allow more time for weapons inspections in Iraq?</p>
  • Resistance to US War Plans Mounts in UN and Beyond

    02/15/2003 3:40:20 AM PST · by AntiGuv · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 15, 2003 | Evelyn Leopold
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - In a setback for the United States, top U.N. arms officials held out hope that inspections were working, depriving Washington of fodder to rally world support behind an invasion of Iraq. Russia, France, China, Germany and others, in a dramatic showdown during an unusually free-wheeling Security Council meeting on Friday, told Secretary of State Colin Powell to give peace a chance and allow inspections to continue. The eagerly awaited report by chief inspector Hans Blix, while critical of Iraq's failure to deliver information in vital areas, lacked the bite of his previous assessments. Consequently, wavering council...
  • Blair: Iraq's U.N. Concessions 'Suspect' [going wobbly?]

    02/15/2003 3:23:29 AM PST · by AntiGuv · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 15, 2003 | Ed Johnson
    LONDON - Iraqi concessions to United Nations weapons inspectors are "suspect," Prime Minister Tony Blair told his ruling Labor Party Saturday. Blair said he was still committed to solving the Iraq crisis through the United Nations and said weapons inspectors would be given more time. But he insisted Saddam Hussein must be dealt with. "The concessions are suspect, unfortunately the weapons are real," he told a party conference in Glasgow, Scotland. "I still believe in the United Nations," Blair said. "I continue to want to solve the issue of Iraq and weapons of mass destruction through the U.N." He said...
  • CAPTION THIS! (Why are these guys laughing?)

    02/14/2003 8:13:24 AM PST · by Alouette · 46 replies · 191+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Feb. 14, 2003 | AP
    Fri Feb 14,10:39 AM ET Iraqi lawmakers share a light moment before the start of an extraordinary session of the parliament in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday Feb. 14, 2003. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein issued a presidential decree, Friday, banning the production or importation of all weapons of mass destruction from the country. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)