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  • Two more Scud missile launchers moved to N. Korea's east coast: source

    04/20/2013 5:56:48 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies
    Yonhap ^ | April 21, 2013 | Kim Eun-jung
    SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has recently moved two additional missile launchers believed to be for Scud missiles to its east coast, a military source familiar with the matter said Sunday, in yet another sign of preparations for a missile launch at a volatile time on the Korean Peninsula. According to intelligence authorities, the North in early April moved two mid-range Musudan missiles to Wonsan, and placed seven mobile missile transporter-erector-launchers (TEL) in Wonsan and South Hamgyeong Province at its eastern coast. Coupled with warning diplomats in Pyongyang to leave in case of war, the missiles fueled speculation...
  • Graham calls for boots on the ground in Syria

    03/19/2013 2:17:43 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 110 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 19, 2013 | Lucy Madison
    Amid unconfirmed allegations of a chemical weapons attack in Syria, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is demanding a plan to secure chemical weapon sites in the country - even if it means sending in U.S. troops, according to Foreign Policy Graham expressed grave concerns about the prospect of "chemical weapons in Syria falling in the hands of extremists," and said in an interview with Foreign Policy today "Americans need to lead on this issue." "We need to come up with a plan to secure these weapons sites, either in conjunction with our partners [or] if nothing else by ourselves," Graham said....
  • Russia Arms Syria With Powerful Ballistic Missiles

    12/08/2012 6:18:14 AM PST · by Fennie · 17 replies
    WND ^ | December 8, 2012 | By Reza Kahlili
    Hours after NATO agreed on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to Turkey because of the crisis in Syria, Russia delivered its first shipment of Iskander missiles to Syria. The superior Iskander can travel at hypersonic speed of over 1.3 miles per second (Mach 6-7) and has a range of over 280 miles with pinpoint accuracy of destroying targets with its 1,500-pound warhead, a nightmare for any missile defense system. According to Mashregh, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard media outlet, Russia had warned Turkey not to escalate the situation, but with Turkey's request for Patriot missiles, it delivered its first shipment of...
  • Assad Fires Scuds To Stop Al Qaeda Arm Seizing Chemical Arms at Al Safira

    12/13/2012 5:48:53 PM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | December 13, 2012, 10:50
    By the blacklisting Tuesday, the Jabhat al-Nusra group fighting in Syrian rebel ranks as “a foreign terrorist organization” and affiliate of al Qaeda in Iraq, Washington faces four quandaries: 1. The 10,000 fighters of this al Qaeda affiliate are the best-trained and most professional component of the Syrian rebel front;. 2. Jabhat al-Nusra fields 3,000 fighters out of the mostly Free Syrian Army’s 14,000 rebels fighting in and around Aleppo. They also constitute the assault force’s spearhead. 3. The Islamists are at the sharp front edge of the rebel force battling for control of the Syrian army’s biggest chemical weapons...
  • Syria government 'losing control' - Russian official

    12/13/2012 5:48:26 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012
    A Russian official has said for the first time that the Syrian government may be defeated by opposition forces. President Bashar al-Assad's forces are "losing more and more control and territory", deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said. He said Russia, one of Syria's staunchest allies, was making plans for a possible evacuation of thousands of its citizens. Separately, Syria denied reports it had fired Scud missiles at rebels. Nato's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen earlier said the organisation had detected the launch of such short-range missiles, saying it showed an "utter disregard" for the lives of the Syrian people. 'Unacceptable...
  • Syrian Scuds Land Near Turkish Border - NATO

    12/15/2012 8:09:36 AM PST · by Fennie · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2012
    BRUSSELS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Several Scud missiles fired at rebels by Syria have landed "fairly close" to the Turkish border, NATO's top military commander said on Friday in a blog explaining why Patriot anti-missile batteries are being deployed to Turkey. The comments by U.S. Admiral James Stavridis, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, were the first to confirm that Scuds have come down near the border of Turkey, a NATO member state. Stavridis also described the situation in Syria as "chaotic and dangerous".
  • Syria Fires Scud Missiles at Insurgents, U.S. Says

    12/12/2012 9:45:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 12, 2012 | Mark Landler, Aida Alami, Alan Cowell and Anne Bernard
    Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have fired Scud missiles at rebel fighters in recent days, Obama administration officials said on Wednesday. The move represents a significant escalation in the fighting, which has already killed more than 40,000 civilians in a nearly two-year-old conflict that has threatened to destabilize the Middle East. One American official, who asked not to be identified because he was discussing classified information, said that missiles had been fired from the Damascus area at targets in northern Syria. “The total is number is probably north of six now,” said another American official, and that the...
  • Syria Moving Scuds to Israel, Turkey Borders – Report

    05/06/2012 9:56:55 AM PDT · by Never A Dull Moment · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-6-12 | Gil Ronen
    Jordanian news site says western spy satellites show hundreds of Scud launchers moving south and north.Jordanian news site Ahbar Baladna reports that western spy satellites have recently spotted movements of Syrian heavy missile launchers northward and southward, toward Syria's borders with Turkey and Israel.
  • Gaddafi forces 'fired Scuds at Misrata'

    08/26/2011 10:34:01 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 6 replies
    Herald and Weekly Times ^ | August 23, 2011 | Staff Writer
    "We can confirm reports concerning the firing of three surface-to-surface Scud missiles from the vicinity of Sirte," chief NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said of ongoing resistance despite rebels entering Tripoli on Sunday."They landed in the coastal area of Misrata, most likely in the sea or on the shore," she said, adding "we are not aware of damage or casualties."
  • 'Israel showed us no proof of Scuds to Hezbollah'

    02/21/2011 9:24:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 2/21/11 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Ex-French defense chief says, despite close defense ties, Israel refused requests to back up claims that Hezbollah stored Scuds in Syria. Despite close defense ties, the defense establishment refused numerous requests from France for evidence to back up Israeli claims that Syria last year transferred long-range Scud missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon, visiting former French defense minister Hervé Morin told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Last April, Israeli defense officials said that Syria had transferred long-range Scud missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon. A month later, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his Italian counterpart, Silvio Berlusconi, that Hezbollah was storing the...
  • Hezbollah militants training in Syria SCUD missile base, satellite images show

    10/08/2010 8:49:04 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 8 replies
    The Syrian army has a Scud missile base near Damascus, according to recent satellite photos. The photos also suggest that Hezbollah activists are being trained in the Scuds' use at the base. Reports that Syria may have given Hezbollah Scuds ratcheted up tensions between Jerusalem and Damascus about six months ago, according to foreign media. The photos show five 11-meter-long missiles (the length of both the Scud B and the Scud C ) at the Adra base. Three are on trucks in a parking lot. Two others are in a training area where 20 to 25 people can be made...
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis #2

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Hezbollah slams UN 'interference' in Lebanon (warns that its arsenal was off-limits)

    04/30/2010 6:13:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 345+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/30/10 | AFP
    BEIRUT (AFP) – Hezbollah on Friday slammed "interference" in Lebanese affairs by UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen and warned that its arsenal was off-limits after the diplomat accused militias of creating tension in Lebanon. "Hezbollah condemns this attempt to create dissent and sedition among the Lebanese under the guise of advice and guidance," the Shiite militant party said in a statement. "Roed-Larsen's continuous attempts to interfere in Lebanese affairs and incite the Lebanese to fight one another are unacceptable for an international official working for peace in the region," it said. On Thursday the UN envoy had warned of the need...
  • Report: Syria, Hizbullah On Full Alert

    04/22/2010 11:59:44 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 56 replies · 3,285+ views
    The Kuwaiti anti-Syrian daily Al-Siyassa reports on a full general alert in the Syrian military across the country, and also among Hizbullah fighters in southern Lebanon, Beq'a, and Dahiya. The alert is due to fear of attack by Israel, against the backdrop of claims that Syria has transferred Scud missiles to Hizbullah. Source: Al-Siyassa, Kuwait, April 22, 2010
  • 'Hezbollah ready to confront Israel'

    04/17/2010 3:39:46 PM PDT · by Flavius · 17 replies · 659+ views
    teherean ^ | 4.18.10 | teheran
    Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem says the resistance movement is ready for a possible act of aggression by Israeli forces. The Hezbollah official made the remark in an interview with an Arab newspaper on Saturday.
  • Scuds For Hezbollah

    04/14/2010 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 738+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 15, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Mideast: Israeli officials charge Syria with transferring ballistic missiles to the control of Iran's puppet militia, Hezbollah. It seems that another attempt to woo and appease a hostile power is not working. Last November we commented on reports in the Arab media in the Persian Gulf that Syria, apparently at the request of Iran, had turned about 300 long-range ballistic missiles over to Hezbollah control in Syrian territory. Hezbollah personnel were being trained to operate the Scuds. On Tuesday, Israeli President Shimon Peres confirmed these reports, publicly charging Syrian President Bashar Assad's government with transferring Scud missiles to the control...
  • Syria Gave Scuds to Hezbollah, U.S. Says

    04/14/2010 9:21:58 AM PDT · by AnotherDayInParadise · 4 replies · 196+ views
    WSJ World ^ | April 14, 2010 | CHARLES LEVINSON and JAY SOLOMON
    JERUSALEM—Syria has transferred long-range Scud missiles to the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, Israeli and U.S. officials alleged, in a move that threatens to alter the Middle East's military balance and sets back a major diplomatic outreach effort to Damascus by the Obama administration. Israeli President Shimon Peres on Tuesday publicly charged President Bashar Assad's government with transferring Scud missiles to Hezbollah's forces inside Lebanon. Syria and Hezbollah both denied the charges. But the allegations already are affecting U.S. foreign policy: Republicans pressed on Capitol Hill to block the appointment of a new American ambassador to Damascus, according to congressional...
  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...
  • Syrian Village Blasted By Scud Missile (Oooops!)

    08/17/2009 6:33:52 AM PDT · by ryan71 · 22 replies · 1,203+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | Aug 17, 2009
    Last week, Syria test fired two Scud type ballistic missiles. The guidance systems on both of them were not working properly. One of the missiles landed in the market place of a village near the Turkish border, killing twenty people and injuring at least sixty. At first, the government said it was a natural gas explosion, but the truth soon came out (it's kind of hard to hide the missile debris, and a Scud impact is quite different from a natural gas explosion.)
  • 20 Killed in Failed Syrian Scud Missile Test (Joint venture by N. Korea, Syria & Iran)

    08/16/2009 5:13:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies · 6,530+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 08/16/09 | Hana Levi Julian
    20 Killed in Failed Syrian Scud Missile Test by Hana Levi Julian (IsraelNN.com) At least 20 Syrian civilians were killed and 60 were wounded in a failed missile test in May, Japan's Kyodo News reported Friday. The test involved two updated Scud missiles developed together by Syria, North Korea and Iran. Both exhibited defective guidance systems, according to a Middle Eastern military source quoted in the report. One of the short-range ballistic missiles hit a market near the Syrian-Turkish border, causing dozens of civilian casualties. Syrian forces attributed the blast to a gas explosion and blocked off the site to...
  • Syria: 20 die in 'failed missile test' (working w/ North Korea)

    08/15/2009 2:27:47 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 23 replies · 1,391+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug 15, 2008 | staff
    Twenty Syrians were killed and over 60 injured in a failed Scud missile test carried out by Syria, Iran and North Korea in May One of two missiles had apparently strayed off its course due to a technical malfunction, landing in a civilian populated area.
  • Another Bull's-Eye For Missile Defense

    08/05/2009 5:30:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 597+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 5, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    SDI: If you missed the news, which isn't hard given how poorly these things are covered, our "unproven" missile defense proved itself again last week, when a U.S. warship downed a simulated North Korean missile in flight.The test, conducted in Hawaiian waters by the Navy and the Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was the 23rd firing by ships equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system. It was the 19th success, including the shoot-down of a dead U.S. spy satellite last year. A short-range ballistic missile simulating a missile like North Korea's Nodongs or Scuds was fired from...
  • SKorea says North fires 7 missiles off east coast

    07/04/2009 7:46:15 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies · 1,549+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | July 4, 2009 | KWANG-TAE KIM
    SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea fired seven ballistic missiles off its eastern coast Saturday, South Korea said, a violation of U.N. resolutions and an apparent message of defiance to the United States on its Independence Day. The launches, which came two days after North Korea fired what were believed to be four short-range cruise missiles, will likely further escalate tensions in the region as the U.S. tries to muster support for tough enforcement of the latest U.N. Security Council resolution imposed on the communist regime for its May nuclear test. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said three missiles...
  • North Korea 'Has Capacity for Nuclear Strike' on Seoul and Tokyo (Report Just Released)

    04/01/2009 7:01:17 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 44 replies · 2,013+ views
    UK Times ^ | 1 April 2009 (No April Fools Day Joke) | Richard Lloyd Perry
    North Korea already has the capacity to launch a nuclear missile strike against Seoul and Tokyo, even before the long-range rocket test that it is promising in the next few days, an international think-tank has reported.
  • Scuds turned on Israel as Saddam girds for war

    09/08/2002 5:31:28 PM PDT · by knak · 16 replies · 89+ views
    smh.com.au ^ | 9/8/02 | Paul McGeough, Herald Correspondent in Amman
    The four trucks moved under the cover of darkness, each hauling the block-like shape of a mobile Scud missile-launcher into the western deserts of Iraq, from where they could target Israel. As the Herald drove from Baghdad to Amman on Friday night, the convoy of Saddam Hussein's most feared missiles loomed out of the night as another piece of his defence plan being set up in the face of an imminent United States attack. At the end of the 1991 Gulf War international forces set about destroying all of the Iraqi President's long-range Scud missiles, but he is thought to...
  • 2003 UN Report: Iraq Sulfur Mustard Gas Chemical Weapons Have High Quality After 12 years of Storage

    06/22/2006 11:38:34 AM PDT · by jveritas · 210 replies · 12,375+ views
    March 2003 UN Iraq WMD Report ^ | June 22 2006 | jveritas
    Since the story broke yesterday about finding 500 Shells of Chemical Weapons in Iraq, shells that contain Sulfur Mustard Gas or Sarin Gas, the Left and their media were quick to dismiss this extremely important find by using the lame excuse that these Chemical weapons Shells were produced before 1991 and hence its not effective anymore because it has much lower quality”. However in March 2003 UN report about Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction there is the following on page 77 (Page 79 of the pdf file), paragraph 1 of the report http://www.un.org/Depts/unmovic/documents/6mar.pdf : “ The Sulfur Mustard contained in...
  • Document: Saddam Ordered Biological And Radiation Test on Presidential Sites Attacked by US in 1998

    06/21/2006 2:17:48 PM PDT · by jveritas · 86 replies · 6,853+ views
    Document ISGP-2003-00300134 contains Top Secret And Personal letters that carry Saddam orders to do radiation and biological testing on the Presidential sites that were attacked by the US in December 1998. Beginning of translation of the first top secret and personal memo In the Name of God the Most Merciful The Most Compassionate Top Secret And Personal The Republic of Iraq The Presidential Secretariat Number: 537304/1 18/12/1998 ORDER Mr. President The Leader (God Protects Him) Order: Form committees from the Ministry of Health and the Military Industrialization Commission and The Atomic Energy Organization and The Special Security Service with its...
  • Written on the Wind -Part 1 of a series-Iraqi USE of WMD During the Present Conflict

    07/30/2005 4:33:30 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 3 replies · 752+ views
    The Morning Paper - Special Edition | 07/30/05 | vanity
    WRITTEN ON THE WIND – WMD USE IN IRAQ (Part One) Dedicated to the “Bush-Lied-People-Died “ Crowd : Greg Palast, Michael Moore ,Gerald Pressler, Mark Yannone,ANSWER,and MoveON. Before the dust of battle settled in Baghdad ; while lovable Baghdad Bob was still telling rapt BBC reporters Saddam was in control of the situation,a chant began to rise-here and abroad. Where are the Weapons of Mass Destruction ? Show us the WMDs ! For all your self-proclaimed intelligence, you were asking the wrong question: the right one being “Where is the rest of Saddam Hussein’s ammunition ?” (The answer – “...
  • Syria Fires Scuds Over Turkey 'To Taunt US'

    06/03/2005 5:47:31 PM PDT · by blam · 105 replies · 2,849+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-4-2005 | Tim Butcher
    Syria fires Scuds over Turkey 'to taunt US' By Tim Butcher, Middle East Correspondent (Filed: 04/06/2005) Syria has staged a defiant display of strategic firepower by test-firing Scud missiles for the first time in four years, Israeli security sources said yesterday. The officials, citing intelligence data, said the missiles, using North Korean technology and designed to carry chemical warheads, were launched last week from northern Syria. One missile was fired towards the Mediterranean, the Israeli officials said, and broke up over the Turkish province of Hatay, shedding debris over two villages. Israeli security sources said Syria's attempt to fire a...
  • Israel And Freedom For Jonathan Pollard

    04/28/2005 1:50:07 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 125 replies · 2,599+ views
    Jerusalem Post / Israel News Agency ^ | April 28, 2005 | Caroline Glick / Joel Leyden
    Israel And Freedom For Jonathan Pollard By Caroline Glick The Jerusalem Post - With INA Publisher's Note Below Jerusalem ---- April 28......Jonathan Pollard is one of the most polarizing figures of our times. Pollard, a former intelligence analyst in US naval intelligence, has now served 20 years of a life imprisonment sentence following his conviction for transferring classified US intelligence materials relating to Arab ballistic missile and nonconventional weapons programs to Israel from May 1984 until his arrest in November 1985. For his contribution to Israel's security and for his long suffering in prison, Israel considers Pollard a national hero....
  • 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...
  • Arrow missile to attempt to down Scud missile over Pacific

    07/26/2004 9:34:36 PM PDT · by yonif · 8 replies · 314+ views
    Haaretz ^ | July 27, 2004 | Amos Harel
    Israel and the United States are set to conduct a crucial test on a jointly developed anti-ballistic missile system, with the results of the test possibly determining the system's future. A battery of the Arrow anti-ballistic missile system has been shipped to a U.S. naval base and will attempt to shoot down a Scud missile launched from the Pacific Ocean. The point of impact would be at an altitude of several dozen kilometers. Israel and the U.S. decided to carry out the experiment some two years ago. The U.S. has specially purchased a Scu missile for the purpose of the...
  • Israel: Saddam may have committed war crimes when firing Scuds at Israel

    12/16/2003 1:19:09 AM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 123+ views
    AP | 12/16/03
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel is looking into whether Saddam Hussein committed war crimes when he fired Scud missiles at Israeli population centers in 1991, and whether it should seek compensation, an Israeli official said Tuesday. Israeli legal experts discussed possible action at a meeting following Saddam's weekend capture. Saddam fired 39 Scud missiles at Israel in the 1991 Gulf war, causing damage but few casualties. Alan Baker, the Foreign Ministry's legal adviser, said Saddam's Scud barrages apparently violated international law, because during a war, parties are forbidden from firing missiles at civilian targets and population centers. "This is what...
  • NKorea has exported 400 Scud missiles to Middle East: SKorea

    10/23/2003 6:52:52 AM PDT · by Brian S · 3 replies · 160+ views
    AFP ^ | 10-23-03
    SEOUL (AFP) Oct 23, 2003 North Korea has exported some 400 Scud missiles to Middle East countries since the mid-1980s, South Korea's defense ministry said Thursday. Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen were the best customers for North Korean Scuds in the region, the ministry said in a parliamentary report. "Since the middle of the 1980s, North Korea has exported 400-odd Scud missiles along with missile-related parts to the Middle East region," the report said, according to ministry spokesman Kim Ki-Beom. The report did not say how much the communist state earned from the missile exports, but Yonhap news agency put...
  • Syrian Axis of Terror

    09/18/2003 2:25:24 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 233+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 9/18/03 | John Bolton
    The United States views with "serious concern" Syria's expanding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities and its continued state sponsorship of terrorism, the State Department's top arms control official says.Testifying September 16 before a House International Relations subcommittee, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton said Syria also has taken "a series of hostile actions" toward Coalition forces in Iraq.He said Syria allowed military equipment to flow into Iraq on the eve of and during the war, and has "permitted volunteers to pass into Iraq to attack and kill our service members during the...
  • 'Iraqis did have Scuds' (Brit correspondent admits she "self-censored" her reports)

    06/11/2003 4:00:27 PM PDT · by veronica · 29 replies · 154+ views
    The UK Guardian ^ | June 11, 2003 | Ciar Byrne
    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, the Mukhabarat, Hilsum decided not to report on what she...
  • '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,...
  • Australians Release Details of Iraq Role

    05/09/2003 6:11:17 AM PDT · by kattracks · 13 replies · 401+ views
    AP | 5/09/03 | PETER O'CONNOR
    CANBERRA, Australia, May 09, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Elite Australian special forces charged with knocking out Scud missile bases entered deep into Iraq two days before the opening salvo of the war, defense officials said Friday. Releasing details on the role of Australia's 150 Special Air Services troops in Iraq for the first time, defense officials said a large contingent of Australian special forces went into Iraq the night of March 18. The commandos were mainly charged with reconnaissance and "shoot and scoot" missions tracking key military targets and destroying them, either with their own weapons or...
  • A web of weapons deception (MUST READ)

    09/24/2002 1:49:04 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 7 replies · 532+ views
    The Evening Standard (early edition) ^ | September 24, 2002 | Robert Fox
    The biggest threat posed by Saddam Hussein is his continued ability to generate biological and chemical weapons - and to conceal this in a giant web of deception. There is a real threat from chemical weapons, and a longer term one from nuclear bombs and missiles, but these are not the prime worry for London and Washington. Iraq's forces still have potent weapons for delivering biological and chemical warheads such as the Scud B missiles used against Saudi Arabia and Israel during Desert Storm in 1991 and the longer range Al Hussain missile fired against Iran in the Gulf war...
  • Most Intercepts Of Iraqi Rockets Were By Older Patriot Missiles

    04/24/2003 6:29:46 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 3 replies · 373+ views
    Inside The Pentagon | April 24, 2003 | Elaine M. Grossman
    CAMP DOHA, KUWAIT -- All but two of nine U.S. and Kuwaiti Patriot intercepts of Iraqi missiles over a 13-day period beginning March 20 were performed by Guidance Enhanced Missiles, or GEMs, introduced into the fleet seven years ago, according to Army Brig. Gen. Howard Bromberg, commanding general of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command. Just two rockets Iraq launched were shot down by brand new Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles. Most engaged missiles were Al-Samoud and Ababil-100 surface-to-surface rockets fired from southern Iraq towards Kuwait, often operating on the outer limits of their approximately 90-mile maximum range,...
  • Admiral says Iraqi Scud missiles spotted

    04/12/2003 2:51:17 PM PDT · by knak · 2 replies · 144+ views
    Pentagon-AP -- There's a suggestion that some Scud missiles might have been found in Iraq. That would be a first -- and a key goal for the coalition -- since Scud missiles were one of the banned weapons for the Saddam Hussein regime. The word came from the the commander of all naval forces in the Iraq war. Admiral Timothy Keating says that "some Scuds" have been spotted on the ground by U-S and British troops. Later, his spokesman tried to change that by saying Keating should have said "surface-to-surface missiles" had been discovered. However, Keating was clear in discussing...
  • Scuds hidden at site in Al Qa'im?

    04/11/2003 1:19:30 PM PDT · by KriegerGeist · 21 replies · 194+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 10, 2003 | Douglas Jehl
    Scuds hidden at site in Al Qa'im? By Douglas Jehl The New York Times WASHINGTON -- Out of sight of television cameras, some of the heaviest and most prolonged fighting in Iraq has been raging for nearly three weeks near the town of Al Qa'im on the Syrian border. There, British commandos and U.S. special forces have been attacking units of Iraq's Special Republican Guards and Special Security Services, according to senior military and defense officials. The Iraqi forces in the area, along the Euphrates River, have been defending a large compound that includes phosphate fertilizer and water treatment plants....
  • Report: N.Korea Sent Missiles to Pakistan in Feb.

    04/01/2003 9:03:04 PM PST · by knak · 2 replies · 224+ views
    reuters ^ | 4/1/03
    TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea shipped about 10 Scud-B ballistic missiles to Pakistan in February in what could have been part of a deal to pay for nuclear technology from Islamabad, a Japanese daily reported on Wednesday. Quoting unidentified U.S. security sources, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper said a Pakistani freighter with about 10 Scud-B missile on board returned home in late February after loading them at a North Korean port earlier the same month. The shipment of the ballistic missiles, which have a range of 190 miles, was spotted by U.S. satellites as well as the Central Intelligence Agency, it...
  • IDF Intelligence: Iraq may have hidden Scuds, other weapons in Syria

    03/31/2003 8:04:45 AM PST · by bvw · 40 replies · 187+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 31, 2003 | Jeruslaem Post Internet Staff
    Brig.-Gen. Yosef Kupperwasser, head of the Intelligence Corps research and assessment branch, told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday that Iraq might have hidden its long-range surface-to-surface missiles in Syria. Kupperwasser added that Iraq may have done the same with some of its weapons of mass destruction, reports Army Radio. In December, Prime Minster Ariel Sharon referred to the possibility that Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, ordered his regime's chemical and biological weapons to be smuggled to neighboring Syria to hide them from UN weapons inspectors. Sharon said that Israel had intelligence pointing to this possibility, however the intelligence...
  • Loyalty At The Point Of A Gun

    03/28/2003 9:16:12 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 197+ views
    New York Times | March 28, 2003 | Amatzia Baram
    HAIFA, Israel - The Pentagon's clandestine efforts to persuade senior Iraqi officials to turn on Saddam Hussein may be the last hope of avoiding a bloody urban battle in Baghdad. While the reward is so great that the strategy is worth pursing, nobody should hold out much hope for success. The Iraqi dictator constructed his military and political system precisely for this kind of worst-case scenario. Consider the Republican Guard. Since 1988 it has been under the direct command of the presidential palace rather than the army. Because of this, its soldiers have received the best equipment and training, and...
  • CENTCOM: Continuing Scud Hunt Not Limited To Western Iraq

    03/28/2003 9:12:32 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 152+ views
    InsideDefense.com | March 27, 2003 | John Liang
    The ongoing search by U.S. and allied forces for Saddam Hussein's remaining arsenal of Scud missiles is not limited to western Iraq, a hotbed of missile firings during the 1991 Gulf War, according to a senior U.S. Central Command official. No Scud firings have been reported in this conflict, but the United States and its allies remain vigilant.In 1991, Iraq launched 39 Scud missiles against Israel from its western desert -- launches that bedeviled U.S. commanders because a large amount of air and special operations assets had to be diverted to hunt them, in part to assure Israel the United...
  • Kuwait City Believe Scud was launched!

    03/27/2003 1:16:58 AM PST · by MSCASEY · 3 replies · 208+ views
    Sky News Live! | March 27, 2003 1:12 a.m. | Sky News Live!
    Just in on sky news! They believe that Iraq just fired a scud, the closest yet to Kuwait City. The Kuwait defense system is thought to have intercepted the missile!
  • Israeli Foreign Minister praises Aust SAS troops

    03/25/2003 7:21:06 PM PST · by smpc · 1 replies · 191+ views
    ABC ^ | Wed, 26 Mar 2003
    Israeli Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalon has paid tribute to the role Australian Special Air Services (SAS) troops are playing in eliminating the risk of an Iraqi Scud missile attack on his country. Mr Shalom has phoned Foreign Minister Alexander Downer to personally express his gratitude. A statement issued by the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the action of Australian Defence Forces was aimed at eliminating the risk of Scuds from western Iraq. During the last Gulf War in 1991, 39 missiles were fired at Israel leaving two people dead and hundreds injured. Since the current attack on Iraq has begun, the...
  • Iraq fires 3 missiles into Kuwait, Patriots hit 2

    03/24/2003 10:53:40 AM PST · by kattracks · 7 replies · 203+ views
    Reuters | 3/24/03
    Iraq fires 3 missiles into Kuwait, Patriots hit 2 KUWAIT, March 24 (Reuters) - Iraq launched three missiles into Kuwait on Monday, two of which were destroyed by a U.S. Patriot battery and one left to land in a northern desert area. A Kuwaiti defence ministry spokesman said a fourth missile was launched from north Iraq southwards but did not enter Kuwaiti airspace. "Two bright orange flashes were seen over Kuwait as the engaging Patriot missile destroyed the Iraqi tactical ballistic missile. It is unknown at this time what type of munitions the Iraqi missile was carrying," said a U.S....
  • Missile threat may be growing, IDF sources say

    03/23/2003 4:45:26 PM PST · by yonif · 5 replies · 186+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar. 24, 2003 | MATTHEW GUTMAN
    With Iraq throwing Israel into the mix of the US-led war on Iraq, and American soldiers unable to fully control the "Scud box" in western Iraq, the threat to the country could actually be rising, military sources said Sunday. After the discovery that American missiles were made in Israel, Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri on Sunday fingered Israel for joining the fray, calling it "aggression against Iraq." Israel is "sending missiles, we found a missile, an Israeli missile, in Baghdad," he told reporters. "We are now set in the middle of the war picture, and with Iraq under pressure, and...