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  • 'Chemical Ali' Found Dead in Basra

    04/07/2003 12:17:00 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 111 replies · 674+ views
    Monday, April 7, 2003
    <p>BASRA, Iraq (AP) - Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed ``Chemical Ali'' by opponents of the Iraqi regime for ordering a poison gas attack that killed thousands of Kurds, has been found dead, a British officer said Monday.</p> <p>Maj. Andrew Jackson of the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment told The Associated Press that his superiors had confirmed the death of the man who is also President Saddam Hussein's first cousin.</p> <p>Jackson said the body was found along with that of his bodyguard and the head of Iraqi intelligence services in Basra.</p>
  • N. Korea Provided Raw Uranium To Syria (Iran) In 2007: Sources

    02/27/2010 9:11:50 PM PST · by Fennie · 24 replies · 1,275+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | February 27, 2010
    TOKYO -- North Korea provided about 45 tons of "yellowcake" uranium to Syria in September 2007 for production of fuel for an undeclared nuclear reactor, diplomatic and military sources knowledgeable on North Korean issues said Saturday. But the shipment was followed shortly by an Israeli air strike targeting the reactor and the uranium involved is believed to have been transferred to Iran around last summer, according to a Western diplomatic source.
  • IRAQ: Itís Springtime in Baghdad

    04/28/2003 12:53:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 443+ views
    Arab News (Saudi Arabia ) ^ | 28 April 2003 | Nadia Mahadeed, Arab News War Correspondent
    Itís Springtime in BaghdadNadia Mahadeed, Arab News War Correspondent BAGHDAD, 28 April 2003 ó The blooming flowers and tall palm trees in the thousands of nurseries along the roads of Baghdad are competing for the attention of residents and visitors, away from the sights of destruction. They are indications of the new life that is about to begin for the Baghdadis and Iraqis in general. Abu Adnan, who runs a nursery in Al-Azamiyah in northern Baghdad, talks about his love for the profession his father and grandfather have practiced before him. ďWe donít only sell flowers but we are also...
  • Chemical Weapons Found in Iraq Were Not Those Used to Justify Invasion

    02/15/2016 3:45:55 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 59 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 October 2014 | Warren Mass
    U.S. troops and U.S.-trained Iraqi forces uncovered about 5,000 chemical weapons in Iraq between 2004 and 2011 and soldiers were injured by these weapons in six instances. However, the weapons had not been manufactured during an active, ongoing chemical weapons program, which the Bush administration cited as justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.Details of the discovery of these weapons were published by the New York Times on October 14, in a lengthy, 9,000-word report written by former Marine Corps officer and veteran journalist C.J. Chivers.Despite injuries to our troops, the U.S. government withheld information about the discovery of the...
  • US coalition strikes ISIS chemical weapon sites

    03/10/2016 2:28:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/3/16
    The US-led coalition carried out the first air strikes on Islamic State (ISIS) chemical weapons sites, the Pentagon said Thursday, acting on crucial information from a captured senior insurgent. The successful multiple bombings came as a result of intelligence from Sulayman Dawud al-Bakkar, also known as Abu Dawud, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said, confirming the name of the ISIS group operative said to be a chemical weapons expert for the terrorists. His capture by US special forces in February - Dawud was transferred Thursday into Iraqi custody after interrogation - appears to be a major boon in the fight...
  • The Syrian-French Connection

    09/29/2003 3:25:22 AM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 89+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 9/29/03 | Nir Boms
    While the media is busy focusing on the troubling story of the two American soldiers detained at Guantanamo Bay for alleged espionage, both of whom had Syrian connections, another Syria story has passed them by. The names of Ahmad al Halabi, an American of Syrian descent, and Captain James Yee, a convert to Islam who spent four years in Damascus before returning to active service, are now well known. But the name of Nizar Nayouf, a Syrian journalist and human rights activist that was detained last week by French police in Paris, will most probably stay anonymous.†† Nayouf?s only...
  • A Senior Syrian Journalist Reports Iraqís WMD Located in Three Syrian Sites

    01/05/2004 9:01:39 PM PST · by quidnunc · 22 replies · 657+ views
    Debkafile ^ | January 5, 2004 | Unattributed
    Nizar Najoef, a Syrian journalist who recently defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for bravely challenging the Syrian regime, said in a letter Monday, January 5, to Dutch newspaper ďDi Telegraaf,Ē that he knows the three sites where Iraqís WMD are kept. The storage places are: 1. Tunnels dug under the town of al-Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria. These tunnels are an integral part of an underground factory, built by the North Koreans, for producing Syrian Scud missiles. Iraqi chemical weapons and long-range missiles are stored in these tunnels. 2. The village of...
  • Possible Syrian nuke facility identified by satellite

    12/02/2010 9:36:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] ^ | 12/2/10 | Yaakov Katz
    Footage of Masyaf shows missile shaped items; IAEA urges Syria to let inspectors visit reactor that IAF destroyed in 2007. A compound in western Syria with buildings and hundreds of missile-shaped items has been identified as functionally related to a nuclear reactor Israel destroyed northeast of Damascus in 2007. Satellite footage of the site in Masyaf was obtained by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security and shows a compound built in a ravine and surrounded by what appears to be a line of trenches. While there are no security measures visible in the commercial satellite imagery, ISIS said...
  • Syrian Secrets Revealed From On High

    06/02/2010 9:26:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 1,054+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 6/2/2010 | The Strategy Page
    In the last few months, Lebanese terror group Hezbollah appears to have received over a hundred M600 ballistic missiles from Syria. Now, after many people scoured Google Earth satellite photos of Syria and Lebanon, looking for the weapons, something particularly interesting was found in northern Syria, outside the town of Masyaf. Google Earth users noted five compounds, that appear to be closed to all but authorized personnel. Inside these compounds there appeared to be entrances to bunkers dug into adjacent hills. In 2003, Syrian sources reported that Iraqi chemical weapons were sent to Syria, and some were storied in bunkers...
  • 'Chemical Ali' could be on trial next week

    02/25/2005 11:05:44 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 5 replies · 494+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/25/05
    BASRA, Iraq, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- More than 50 bullet holes in the wall of the empty swimming pool at "Chemical Ali's" house here indicate just how violent the former Saddam Hussein operative could be.Border police who have taken over the house don't go out to the pool much, said Col. Ali Hussein Jabar, commander of about 30 men working there. Bad things happened there, Jabar said. The relatively modest two-story house is built on an artificial hill surrounded by concrete. It looks out over flat, desolate desert sands inhabited only by sheep herders and oil pipeline guards for as...
  • 'Report on Sept. 6 strike to show Saddam transferred WMDs to Syria'

    An upcoming joint US-Israel report on the September 6 IAF strike on a Syrian facility will claim that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein transferred weapons of mass destruction to the country, Channel 2 stated Monday. Furthermore, according to a report leaked to the TV channel, Syria has arrested 10 intelligence officials following the assassination of Hizbullah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh.
  • Destruction Of Syria Chemical Weapons Complete

    08/19/2014 9:12:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    SKY NEWS ^ | 08/19/2014
    The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile has been completed, Barack Obama has said. The US President welcomed the development, but said Washington would seek to ensure Damascus fulfils all its commitments. "Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile," he said. He added that the destruction, carried out aboard a US Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea, sent "a clear message that the use of these abhorrent weapons has consequences and will not be tolerated by the international community".
  • Surprise: ĎDisarmedí Assad regime has been hiding chemical weapons facilities

    10/08/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | Guy Benson
    A quick update on the largely forgotten half of President Obama‚Äôs shambolic Syria policy. You‚Äôll recall, of course, the blown chemical weapons ‚Äúred line‚ÄĚ and the subsequent, humiliating Putin/Assad plan that accidentally became US policy due after John Kerry blundered into it. Kerry has since admitted that the entire proposition has collapsed, forcing the White House to publicly disagree with its own Secretary of State. Nevertheless, a loyal band of administration lackeys triumphantly cheered news of Syria‚Äôs alleged disarmament when it broke over the summer, after several missed deadlines. ‚ÄėNo Drama Obama‚Äô had done it again, they crowed, achieving...
  • Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons

    06/25/2014 7:07:40 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 25, 2014 12:52 PM | Sam LaGrone
    Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons By: Sam LaGrone Published: June 25, 2014 12:48 PM Updated: June 25, 2014 12:52 PM The U.S. ship that was quickly put into service to neutralize Syrian chemical weapons has departed Rota, Spain to take on the arms at an Italian port, Pentagon officials announced on Wednesday. MV Cape Ray (T-AKR-9679) will take on the chemical weapons at Gioia Tauro and neutralize the weapons taken from the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad as part of a deal ó negotiated by the United Nations ó that prevented U.S. retaliatory strikes...
  • Canadian Company Buys Iraq's Uranium (Iraqi cabinet just approves sale)

    02/17/2009 4:21:34 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 7 replies · 485+ views
    PressTV Iran ^ | Tue, 17 Feb 2009 | staff
    A Canadian company has purchased 550 tons of Iraqi uranium concentrate worth $90 milllion. Sakatoon-based uranium producer Cameco Corp., the world's largest producer of uranium, won the contract last year. But although the Iraqi cabinet only approved the sale on Tuesday, the last remains of the country's uranium concentrate or "yellow cake" had already been secretly transported to a Canadian port in July 2008 with US support. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told AFP on Tuesday that since the country has signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it no longer needs this material accrued by former dictator Saddam Hussein, and the...
  • Bob Woodward: Bush Didn't Lie

    05/26/2015 3:00:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The Republican presidential candidates are being hit with, "Well, knowing what you know now, would you go back into Iraq?" And they've mostly accepted the premise that Iraq was a big boondoggle, a huge mistake, Bush lied, we shouldn't have done it, and they're answering on that basis. Well, on Fox News Sunday, which I didn't see, during the group panel discussion, Chris Wallace speaking with Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, Wallace said, "The politics of Iraq have gotten a lot of attention the last couple of weeks with Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, bunch of others, and these...
  • Hijacker "Given Anthrax Flask By Iraqi Agent"

    10/27/2001 10:27:09 PM PDT · by Fulbright · 30 replies · 821+ views
    London Times ^ | 10/27/01 | Daniel McGrory
    INTELLIGENCE agents from Prague to Swansea are uncovering a trail of clues that point to President Saddam Hussein of Iraq having a hand in al-Qaedaís terrorist missions. Iraqi ministers have spent the week protesting Baghdadís innocence to the United Nations, but will not say why some of its diplomats who met Mohammed Atta, one of the suspected September 11 hijackers, disappeared from their European posts after that date. Nor will Baghdad explain why Saddamís agents were spotted at various times this year with Atta in Germany, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic. Many in the Pentagon are sure Saddam ...
  • Iraq uncovers al-Qaeda 'chemical weapons plot'

    06/01/2013 9:08:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Iraq uncovers al-Qaeda 'chemical weapons plot' The authorities in Iraq say they have uncovered an al-Qaeda plot to use chemical weapons, as well as to smuggle them to Europe and North America. Defence ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said five men had been arrested after military intelligence monitored their activities for three months. Three workshops for manufacturing the chemical agents, including sarin and mustard gas, were uncovered, he added. Remote-controlled toy planes were also seized at the workshops. Mr Askari said they were to have been used to release the chemical agents over the target from a "safe" distance of 1.5km...
  • Chris Matthews: 'There Was No Intelligence Saddam Had WMD. Never'

    05/15/2015 5:58:22 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 90 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's easy for people--with the possible exception of Jeb Bush--to say that they would not have supported the invasion of Iraq knowing what we know now about WMD there. But Chris Matthews took things a foolish step further on this evening's Hardball, actually claiming that "there was no intelligence they had a weapon. Never was." Really? So Hillary, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy et al. were collective fabricators when they issued dire warnings, based on the intelligence they had seen, about Saddam's WMD? View the video here.
  • Did Capitol Hill Blue Post An Article With Fabrications?

    07/08/2003 1:32:03 PM PDT · by William McKinley · 227 replies · 9,947+ views
    In this article on Capitol Hill Blue, there are the following lines:"The report had already been discredited," said Terrance J. Wilkinson, a CIA advisor present at two White House briefings. "This point was clearly made when the President was in the room during at least two of the briefings." Bush's response was anger, Wilkinson said. "He said that if the current operatives working for the CIA couldn't prove the story was true, then the agency had better find some who could," Wilkinson said. "He said he knew the story was true and so would the world after American troops secured...
  • Key Witness: Prosecutor Manipulated Me Into Falsely Testifying Against Scooter Libby

    04/07/2015 11:32:54 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-7-15 | Fred Barnes
    Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter, has blown a big hole in the case against Lewis ďScooterĒ Libby, convicted of lying to avoid blame for outing a CIA agent. Miller was a key witness in Libbyís trial, but in her new book she has repudiated her testimony. Libby was ďrailroaded in his convictionĒ by Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, she said in an interview on Fox News yesterday. In her book, The Story: A Reporterís Journey, she writes that Fitzgerald cajoled her into testifying in 2007 that Libby had told her Valerie Plame, the wife of a critic...
  • Revisiting Ansar al Islam's CBW capabilities

    08/07/2006 10:13:59 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 6 replies · 358+ views
    Regime of Terror ^ | 8.08.06 | Mark Eichenlaub
    Revisiting Ansar al Islam's CBW capabilities kurdmap (Back-to-Iraq photo) With the upcoming Senate Intelligence report due shortly, perhaps the question of where and how Ansar al Islam received CBW know-how (which included ricin, botulinum and possibly cyanide) and equipment will finally be answered. Initial reports from American media outlets mentioned the findings of the Ansar al Islam camps in Northern Iraq included directions on making high grade explosives and Iraqi military grade TNT in addition to the CBW starter kit. As mentioned by both the 9-11 Commission and Senate Intelligence Committee, the group's support from Saddam Hussein's regime included various...
  • Official: Iraq may still seek WMDs

    03/09/2006 5:20:20 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 18 replies · 578+ views
    Newsday ^ | March 9, 2006 | TIMOTHY M. PHELPS
    A former top CIA official said Thursday that despite the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is likely to be looking for weapons of mass destruction within the next five to 10 years. Paul Pillar, who until last year was in charge of intelligence assessments for the Middle East, said the CIA warned the Bush administration before the Iraq invasion in 2003 that a change of regimes would not necessarily solve any WMD problem. In a speech at the Middle East Institute here, Pillar said Iraqis live in "a dangerous neighborhood," with rival countries pursuing weapons of mass destruction. So the...
  • ISIS Turns to Chemical Weapons As It Loses Ground in Iraq

    02/22/2015 12:05:52 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | BY RIYADH MOHAMMED, The Fiscal Times
    A few weeks ago, the US Central Command announced that an air raid had killed an ISIS chemical weapon expert in Mosul. The ISIS operative, Iraqi engineer Mahmoud al-Sabawi, used to work at Saddam Husseinís chemical weapons program before he joined al-Qaeda in Iraq after the 2003 US led invasion. The idea that ISIS terrorists have access to chemical weapons brings back images of the genocide inflicted on the Kurds by Saddam Hussein in the late 1980ís. The Halabja Massacre killed up to 5,000 and injured between 7,000 and 10,000 more. If ISIS jihadists have a stash of chemical weapons,...
  • DoD Report: 50 Trucks Carried Iraqi WMD To Syria

    07/28/2006 1:42:19 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 110 replies · 9,131+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | July 28, 2006 | N/A
    The following is a translation of a newly posted Iraqi document done by an unofficial translator. The document, posted in Arabic, is from a Department Of Defense program. It is dated July 13 -- probably 2003.In it an Iraqi opposition source (a Kurd) working in Syria reports on the movement of Iraqi trucks to Syria before the start of the US invasion of Iraq. It is his understanding that the trucks contained proscribed weapons of mass destruction.EnlargeEnlargeHere is one page from the pdf file showing the original document in Arabic:Enlarge
  • Saddam killed his top commander as Marines stormed Baghdad

    05/04/2003 8:08:59 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 94 replies · 6,197+ views
    The World Tribune ^ | 4 May, 2003
    Saddam killed his top commander as Marines stormed Baghdad SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COMSunday, May 4, 2003 LONDON ó Iraqi President Saddam Hussein killed his leading military commander on charges of treason as U.S. forces captured Baghdad. The London-based A-Sharq Al Awsat daily said Saddam and his younger son, Qusay, executed Gen. Seif Eddin Al Rawi on April 8. The newspaper said Al Rawi, commander of the elite Republican Guards, was accused of treason and shot in the head and back. Al Rawi was summoned by Saddam and executed on the day U.S. marines captured the Iraqi capital. The newspaper...
  • Report: United States kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq

    01/29/2015 2:42:55 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 51 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Dana Ford
    The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several servicemembers were injured by their exposure to those weapons, The New York Times is reporting. In an article published late Tuesday, the newspaper says it found 17 American servicemembers and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to mustard or nerve agents after 2003. They were reportedly given inadequate care and told not to talk about what happened. "From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam...
  • C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons

    02/15/2015 8:31:30 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 49 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com/ ^ | FEB. 15, 2015 | By C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT
    he Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terrorists or militant groups, according to current and former American officials. The extraordinary arms purchase plan, known as Operation Avarice, began in 2005 and continued into 2006, and the American military deemed it a nonproliferation success. It led to the United Statesí acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets...
  • NY Times reveals secrets of WMD cover-up in Iraq

    10/15/2014 4:49:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 223 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 Oct 14 | Fox
    The New York Times...details U.S. forces in Iraq finding thousands of chemical weapons during the Iraq war. "From 2004 to 2011...troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Husseinís rule," "In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads
  • KHUDIR AL- DORI UNVEILS THREE HIDDEN NUCLEAR MISSILES (Nukes found in Iraq?)

    07/21/2004 4:15:51 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 68 replies · 3,019+ views
    Baghdad, As-Sabah , July 21, Page 1 The official sources at the ministry of interior and the national security advisor department have refrained commenting on the news of seizing three missiles of nuclear heads in the course of arresting Khudir al- Dori the former leader at the dissolved Baath party.Notably, Iraqi political sources on anonymity affirmed that the detaining of al- Dori by the Iraqi security departments resulted in the seize of three nuclear heads missiles .The sources indicated that Khudir al- Dori occupied top party and security posts during ex-regime. Al-Dori death announced after the collapse of the regime...
  • Pentagon hid info on thousands of chemical weapons in Iraq for years

    10/15/2014 8:06:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/15/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This story is disturbing on multiple levels. It has been revealed that stockpiles of expired or degraded chemical munitions were discovered in Iraq during the initial years of the war and both American and Iraqi forces were exposed to them in more than twenty instances. This information was never revealed to the public. American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report. The New York...
  • UN Inspectors find Mustard Gas Shells

    12/04/2002 12:53:24 PM PST · by rumrunner · 129 replies · 2,040+ views
    AP | 12/05/2002
    Demetrius Perricos, who is leading one of the U.N. inspection teams in Iraq, said Wednesday his team of international arms experts secured about a dozen Iraqi artillery shells containing the mustard liquid agent.
  • AP: ISIS Has Seized Thousands of Rockets with Chemical Warheads

    07/08/2014 8:29:35 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 96 replies
    The PJ Tatler via AP ^ | 7-8-2014 | Bryon Preston
    Itís a confirmation of reports in June that ISIS had taken control of a site where some of Saddamís WMD arsenal remained. Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents. Iraqís U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Tuesday that ďterroristĒ groups entered the Muthanna site June 11 and seized weapons and equipment...
  • IS chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike in Iraq: US

    01/30/2015 6:58:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    hindustantimes.com ^ | Jan 31, 2015 07:56 IST
    A US-led coalition air strike killed a chemical weapons specialist with the Islamic State group in Iraq who once worked for Saddam Hussein, US military officers said on Friday. The air raid carried out last Saturday near Mosul took out Abu Malik, whose training "provided the terrorist group with expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability," the military said in a statement. Malik had worked at a chemical weapons production plant under Saddam's regime and later forged an affiliation with al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, before joining the extremist IS group, according to Central Command. "His death is expected...
  • ISIS Chemical Weapons Expert, Abu Malik, Killed in Iraq Airstrike: U.S. (Saddam's expert)

    01/31/2015 10:53:08 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/31/15
    An ISIS chemical weapons expert was killed in an airstrike on Saturday near Mosul, Iraq, U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Friday. Abu Malik worked in a chemical weapons production facility under Saddam Hussein before joining al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, Central Command said. He then joined ISIS, allowing the terrorist group to make use of his experience in chemical weapons capabilities, according to Central Command. "His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL's (ISIS') ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against innocent people," the statement said. The...
  • Wikileaks: WMD program existed in Iraq prior to US invasion

    12/07/2010 4:50:21 PM PST · by LSUfan · 115 replies · 1+ views
    Law Enforcement Examiner ^ | 7 December 10 | Jim Kouri
    The release by Julian Assange's web site Wikileaks of classified documents reveals that U.S. military intelligence discovered chemical weapons labs, encountered insurgents who were specialists in the creation of toxins, and uncovered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. However, Washington, DC officials and the news media have ignored this information.
  • Iraqi scientist urges nuclear caution

    10/27/2005 11:17:43 AM PDT · by HangnJudge · 5 replies · 446+ views
    Oak Ridger ^ | 10-27-05 | John Huotari
    The sign out front said "Saddam Hussein's Nuclear Mastermind." Inside, Mahdi Obeidi, former head of Iraq's centrifuge program for uranium enrichment, told more than 200 people, including Department of Energy employees, that he wants to help stop one of humanity's greatest nightmares - global weapons of mass destruction. "We cannot afford one mistake," Obeidi said. "Everybody should be concerned." Obeidi, who emigrated to the United States in 2003, spoke on Wednesday morning at the Pollard Auditorium at Oak Ridge Associated Universities. His visit was sponsored by the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence and funded by the U.S. State Department, according...
  • 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...
  • Report: Troops, vets to get checked for chemical exposure in Iraq

    10/30/2014 9:32:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 30, 2014
    The Pentagon will offer medical examinations and long-term health monitoring to servicemembers and veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq as part of a review of how the military handled encounters with chemical munitions during the American occupation, The New York Times reported Wednesday. An Oct. 15 Times story found that while the United States had gone to war looking for an active weapons of mass destruction program, troops instead quietly found and suffered from the remnants of the long abandoned arsenal. Since that article, which detailed instances of exposure that the military kept secret in some cases for...
  • U.S. Announces It Intends to Move Tons of Uranium From Baghdad

    05/24/2004 6:50:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 48 replies · 1,081+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 22, 2004 | JAMES GLANZ
    IENNA, May 21 ó The United States has informed an international agency that oversees nuclear materials that it intends to move hundreds of tons of uranium from a sealed repository south of Baghdad to a more secure place outside Iraq, Western diplomats close to the agency say. But the organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has taken the position that the uranium is Iraqi property and that the agency cannot give permission to remove it, a diplomat said. The diplomat said that the United States was unlikely to be deterred by that position and that American officials had contacted the...
  • Saddam's Forgotten WMD Confession

    10/11/2003 11:55:34 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 12 replies · 249+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/11/03 | Limbacher
    The elite media continues to insist that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. attacked in March, citing the scant evidence of any actual weapons finds by U.S. arms inspector David Kay. But if it's true that Saddam Hussein was actually innocent on the WMD charge, then why did he confess in 1998 that his country had amassed huge stockpiles of highly toxic weaponized poisons - along with the delivery systems to take them beyond Iraq's borders. That's right - lost in the debate over why U.S. weapons inspectors have yet to uncover the Iraqi version of...
  • No WMD Stockpiles in Iraq? Not Exactly ...

    10/08/2004 4:00:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 53 replies · 2,445+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 10/08/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Is it really true that Saddam Hussein had no "stockpiles" of weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invaded in March 2003? Not exactly - at least not if one counts the 500 tons of uranium that the Iraqi dictator kept stored at his al Tuwaitha nuclear weapons development plant. The press hasn't made much of Saddam's 500-ton uranium stockpile, downplaying the story to such an extent that most Americans aren't even aware of it. But it's been reported - albeit in a by-the-way fashion - by the New York Times and a handful of other media outlets. And one...
  • Secrets of Saddam's nuclear programme hidden under tree

    09/25/2004 1:15:57 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | September 25, 2004 | KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER
    AN IRAQI scientist-turned-author says the most significant pieces of his countryís dormant nuclear programme were buried under a lotus tree in his backyard, untouched for more than a decade before the US-led invasion in 2003.But their existence, Dr Mahdi Obeidi writes in a new book, is evidence that the international community should remain vigilant as other countries try to replicate Iraqís successes before the 1991 Gulf war to develop components necessary for a nuclear weapon. In The Bomb in my Garden, Dr Obeidi details Saddamís quest for a nuclear bomb: "Although Saddam never had nuclear weapons at his disposal, the...
  • Mahdi Obeidi and the real story of Iraq's Nukes

    09/28/2004 10:27:58 PM PDT · by TWohlford · 5 replies · 483+ views
    New York Times ^ | 28 sept 2004 | Mahdi Obeidi
    Saddam, the bomb and me Mahdi Obeidi NYT Tuesday, September 28, 2004 Iraq's nuclear program While the final report from Charles Duelfer, the top American inspector of Iraq's covert weapons programs, won't be released for a few weeks, the portions that have already been made public touch on many of the experiences I had while working as the head of Saddam Hussein's nuclear centrifuge program. Now that I am living in the United States, I hope to answer some of the most important questions that remain. What was really going on in Iraq before the American invasion last year? Iraq's...
  • Iraq's 'Nuclear Mastermind' Tells Tale of Ambition, Deceit

    10/03/2004 1:40:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 597+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 3, 2004 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON ó On most days now, Mahdi Obeidi rides his new mountain bike, plays with his grandkids and works on getting a U.S. patent for technology he originally developed to build a nuclear bomb for Saddam Hussein. Obeidi, who headed Hussein's uranium enrichment program until it was shut down in 1991, is the only Iraqi weapons scientist that the CIA is known to have brought to the United States after the invasion last year. The CIA also flew eight of his family members here in August 2003 and secretly set them up in three adjoining apartments in a leafy Virginia...
  • 'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

    10/17/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT · by dware · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.17.2014 | Paul Alster
    The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Husseinís 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragonís Egg.
  • Spooks Dig For Secrets Of Saddam

    09/14/2002 8:35:54 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 183+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 9-15-2002 | Peter Beaumont/Ed Vulliamy
    Spooks dig for secrets of Saddam As Blair prepares to issue his dossier on Iraq's weapons, Peter Beaumont and Ed Vulliamy assess the quality of intelligence - and the difficulty of obtaining it Peter Beaumont in London and Ed Vulliamy in New York Sunday September 15, 2002 The Observer He is there at almost every official photo-opportunity with Saddam Hussein, a compact and wiry military officer, his khaki shirt rolled up to his elbows, a beret pulled across his brow. A heavy handlebar moustache hangs over a solid jaw, grey with a permanent five o'clock shadow. The recent prominence of...
  • Iraqi mustard gas to be destroyed

    02/11/2003 4:11:38 PM PST · by knighthawk · 20 replies · 271+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | Februari 12 2003
    UN experts are to destroy four plastic containers filled with mustard gas registered by previous UN disarmament inspectors and recently found north of Baghdad. Spokesman Hiro Ueki said chemical experts had visited the Al-Muthanna military site today to prepare for the destruction of the containers. Ten 155 millimetre artillery shells will also be destroyed. "The destruction process will begin tomorrow and is expected to (take) four to five days to complete," he said.
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/ He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • Syria Warns Of 'Surprise' Response To Israeli Strike

    01/31/2013 6:24:00 AM PST · by edpc · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 31 Jan 2013 | Yaakov Lappin & JPost Staff
    BEIRUT - Syria's ambassador to Lebanon said on Thursday that Damascus had the option of a "surprise decision" to respond to what it said was an Israeli air strike on a research center on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on Wednesday. Syria could take "a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes," Ali Abdul Karim Ali was quoted as telling a Hezbollah-run news website.