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“Concern over possible uranium stockpile in Syria” (enough for 5 nukes)
Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/09/2013 08:47 | (JPost.com staff)

Posted on 01/09/2013 6:07:50 AM PST by Olog-hai

Concern is heightening over the possible existence of up to 50 tons of enriched uranium in Syria, the Financial Times reported Tuesday, a stockpile large enough for the production of five atomic bombs.

To date, governments have largely focused on the fate of Syria’s chemical weapons, and preventing their seizure by Islamic militants spearheading the ongoing uprising against President Bashar Assad’s rule.

As the country descends deeper into a sectarian civil war, however, fears have grown over the possible existence, and security, of a stockpile of processed uranium inside Syria. … An IAEA inspection team that visited the Al-Kibar site in May 2008 found only traces of uranium, fueling speculation that a large stockpile of uranium had been moved. …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; islamicnukes; israel; rop; syria; turkey; uranium; waronterror
Hmm. From Saddam’s stockpile? Any chance of that, eh . . . ?
1 posted on 01/09/2013 6:07:58 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
No way, Jose !
That whole story has been expurgated.
2 posted on 01/09/2013 6:14:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Olog-hai

Either Syria had uranium-enrichment capabilities nobody knew about, or somebody accidently misplaced 50 tons of enriched uranium, or some other entity pursuing weapons of mass destruction found it expedient to hide evidence across a border.

I’m sure our mass media will put a major effort into finding out which it is. Unless of course there’s breaking Kardashian news that they have to focus on.


3 posted on 01/09/2013 6:16:57 AM PST by Stosh
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

By Jose, you must mean Joe...as in Wilson.


4 posted on 01/09/2013 6:28:33 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Olog-hai
From Saddam’s stockpile?

Isn't that the assumption? AFIK, Syria has no uranium enrichment program and did not have one in the past. I remember there were some non-MSM stories about Hussein moving WMD out of Iraq into Syria and Lebanon.

5 posted on 01/09/2013 6:28:33 AM PST by citizen (We get the government we choose. America either voted for Obama or handed it to him by not voting.)
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To: Olog-hai

Aw hell no - remember - Bush “lied” about that (although somehow we never hear about how Colin Powell “lied” too...).

I’m sure this is just “volunteer uranium” that sprung up out of the ground on it’s own, just a natural thing...after all Saddam didn’t have any WMD so how could he have any uranium over in Syria?

Oh yeah. /sarc


6 posted on 01/09/2013 6:34:21 AM PST by bigbob
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To: citizen

Sounds like Obama is looking for another excuse to invade Syria, while he ignores the growing threat in Iran.


7 posted on 01/09/2013 6:34:21 AM PST by Venturer
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To: nuconvert; txhurl

Ping.


8 posted on 01/09/2013 6:44:43 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: citizen
Part of the Khan Network - a Pakistani Nuclear Weapons proliferation project, that got stranded when Bush shut them down.

The Khan Network was a world wide consortium of Islamic countries and North Korea headed by Pakistan and It's father of their bomb, AQ Khan .

Basically a Islamic Manhattan Project to build an “Islamic Bomb” that would be shared by the Muslim world.

Iraq,Iran, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, North Korea, Libya, Indonesia, and a bunch of other countries were members.

There was a huge facility in Libya being built that Quaddafi surrendered and we shut down the day after Saddam was captured.

Saddam had outsourced his nuclear bomb projects to other countries, particularly Libya and Syria and set up facilities in those countries run by many expat Iraqi and Pakistani scientists.
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This material probably came from Iraq or Russia (or from Russian supplied materials to Iraq) and is one of the reasons Russia is so interested in the civil war in Syria

My reply catch phrase to the morons spouting the whole "Bush Lied, People Died " mantra e has been - "Don't worry about finding Saddam's WMDs, eventually they will find us" .

Anyone who believes the "No WMDs in Iraq" mantra is too stupid to breathe. Unfortunately, there so many of these morons out there that their collective lack breath and exhaling of CO2 is singularly forestalling the onset of global warming./s

9 posted on 01/09/2013 6:54:34 AM PST by rdcbn
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To: Olog-hai

Saddams “gift” that took so long to ship that we had to pause the war to enable them...

I suspect it is now in Damascus, and that would explain why in Isaiah 17 the destruction of Damascus is forever and “no man will live there again”.

When Damascus gets nuked in the near future, that 50 tons will be scattered like the worlds biggest dirty bomb.


10 posted on 01/09/2013 7:26:56 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Olog-hai; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Olog-hai. Iraq’s stockpile? Or was this Debka? :’)


11 posted on 01/09/2013 5:17:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Olog-hai

“According to one anonymous official quoted by the Financial Times, ‘Syria is almost certainly in possession of good quality uranium of the type that Iran has been trying to acquire on the international market for years. It would certainly be possible to transfer this from Syria to Iran by air.’”

Soooo...it could, of course, have first been transferred by air from Iraq into Syria! Nice of them to point out how “certainly possible” it is for this uranium to have been Saddam’s.


12 posted on 01/09/2013 9:06:37 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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13 posted on 01/10/2013 5:20:31 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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15 posted on 01/10/2013 5:21:33 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: Seizethecarp

“Soooo...it could, of course, have first been transferred by air from Iraq into Syria!”

It was driven in a convoy of trucks to the Bekkah Valley.

You can find pictures and eyewitness accounts of the transfer on-line, if inclined to look.

You can also find a smoking crater where my country bombed the shit out of the reactor a lot of it went to.


16 posted on 01/10/2013 7:58:56 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Seizethecarp

“Soooo...it could, of course, have first been transferred by air from Iraq into Syria!”

It was driven in a convoy of trucks to the Bekkah Valley.

You can find pictures and eyewitness accounts of the transfer on-line, if inclined to look.

You can also find a smoking crater where my country bombed the shit out of the reactor a lot of it went to.


17 posted on 01/10/2013 8:00:08 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Olog-hai

No worries. The US is backing the rebels who will probably get their hands on it.


18 posted on 01/10/2013 1:22:15 PM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: rdcbn

“There was a huge facility in Libya being built that Quaddafi surrendered and we shut down the day after Saddam was captured.”

And we repaid Qaddafi by helping the beasts tear him to shreds. Lesson: never give up your nukes because a nuclear country does not have the US giving air support to its rebels.


19 posted on 01/10/2013 1:31:14 PM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It’s still right there.


20 posted on 01/10/2013 3:19:21 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: SJackson

I’m sure the international community will take swift, decisive action./sarc


21 posted on 01/10/2013 3:24:10 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Olog-hai

I’m trying to figure just how much volume of material we are talking about here... Enriched U is in metallic form, right? And not so far away from Pb in density? IIRC a ton of Pb is a cube about 15 to 18 or so inches on a side. So we’re looking for about fifty times that... Maybe the size of a cord of firewood? About 4x4x8. That sound about right?


22 posted on 01/11/2013 11:25:20 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ramius

Highly-enriched uranium is usually in metal form, often cast into billets. Density of uranium (whether 238 or 235 isotope) is about 19 g/cm³; by contrast, lead is about 11.3 g/cm³.


23 posted on 01/11/2013 11:49:09 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Would that amount react to a nuke or would it
just scatter it.

Did anyone ever test a scenario such as this?
A nuke set off in close proximity to tons of
enriched uranium?

Just curious.


24 posted on 01/11/2013 11:56:08 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Olog-hai

Thanks... So it would seem that fifty tons of U is an even smaller package than I was thinking. Small in size... Even though you couldn’t carry it all in one pickup truck, it would still fit. Not that this means anything one way or the other. Just trying to visualize how much stuff we’re talking about.


25 posted on 01/11/2013 3:45:52 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ramius

Whut whut... Wait a second... It takes TEN tons of U to achieve critical mass... In a cannon-type tube weapon? Really?


26 posted on 01/11/2013 3:49:00 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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