[R-G] Ships said to unload old WMD for "discovery" in Iraq
ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Mon Mar 15 00:58:56 MST 2004
Planting weapons of mass destruction in Iraq seems like a high risk
proposition for the administration at this late date. I took it for
granted they were doing this DURING the war, and was surprised that they
hadn't. But I am publicizing this Tehran (Iran) Times story just to
help make sure that the risk factor remains very high.
Saturday, March 13, 2004
U.S. Unloading WMD in Iraq
TEHRAN (Mehr News Agency) Over the past few days, in the wake
of the bombings in Karbala and the ideological disputes that delayed
the signing of Iraqs interim constitution, there have been reports that
U.S. forces have unloaded a large cargo of parts for constructing
long-range missiles and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the
southern ports of Iraq.
A reliable source from the Iraqi Governing Council, speaking on
condition of anonymity, told the Mehr News Agency that U.S. forces,
with the help of British forces stationed in southern Iraq, had made
extensive efforts to conceal their actions.
He added that the cargo was unloaded during the night as attention
was still focused on the aftermath of the deadly bombings in Karbala
and the signing of Iraqs interim constitution.
The source said that in order to avoid suspicion, ordinary cargo ships
were used to download the cargo, which consisted of weapons
produced in the 1980s and 1990s.
He mentioned the fact that the United States had facilitated Iraqs
WMD program during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq and said that some
of the weapons being downloaded are similar to those weapons,
although international inspectors had announced Saddam Husseins
Baath regime had destroyed all its WMD.
The source went on to say that the rest of the weapons were
probably transferred in vans to an unknown location somewhere in
the vicinity of Basra overnight.
Most of these weapons are of Eastern European origin and some
parts are from the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc. The
U.S. obtained them through confiscations during sales of banned
arms over the past two decades, he said.
This action comes as certain U.S. and Western officials have been
pointing out the fact that no weapons of mass destruction have been
discovered in Iraq and the issue of Saddams trial begins to take
In addition, former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has
emphasized that the U.S. and British intelligence agencies issued
false reports on Iraq leading to the U.S. attack.
Meanwhile, the suspicious death of weapons inspector David Kelly
is also an unresolved issue in Britain.
Occupation Forces Official Claims to Have No Information About
Transfer of WMD to Iraq
A security official for the coalition forces in Iraq said that he has
received any information about the unloading of weapons of mass
destruction in ports in southern Iraq.
Shane Wolf told the Mehr News Agency that the occupation forces
have received no reports on such events, but said he hoped that the
coalition forces would find the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction
Coalition forces and inspectors have so far been unable to find any
Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The U.S. invaded Iraq under the
pretext that Iraq possessed a stockpile of weapons of mass
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