Looks like there were WMD per the UN

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    UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after

    Friday, June 11, 2004
    The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003.

    The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program.

    The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite image of the same location in February 2004, in which facilities had disappeared.

    UNMOVIC acting executive chairman Demetrius Perricos told the council on June 9 that "the only controls at the borders are for the weight of the scrap metal, and to check whether there are any explosive or radioactive materials within the scrap," Middle East Newsline reported.
    "It's being exported," Perricos said after the briefing. "It's being traded out. And there is a large variety of scrap metal from very new to very old, and slowly, it seems the country is depleted of metal."

    "The removal of these materials from Iraq raises concerns with regard to proliferation risks," Perricos told the council. Perricos also reported that inspectors found Iraqi WMD and missile components shipped abroad that still contained UN inspection tags.

    He said the Iraqi facilities were dismantled and sent both to Europe and around the Middle East. at the rate of about 1,000 tons of metal a month. Destionations included Jordan, the Netherlands and Turkey.

    The Baghdad missile site contained a range of WMD and dual-use components, UN officials said. They included missile components, reactor vessel and fermenters - the latter required for the production of chemical and biological warheads.

    "It raises the question of what happened to the dual-use equipment, where is it now and what is it being used for," Ewen Buchanan, Perricos's spokesman, said. "You can make all kinds of pharmaceutical and medicinal products with a fermenter. You can also use it to breed anthrax."

    The UNMOVIC report said Iraqi missiles were dismantled and exported to such countries as Jordan, the Netherlands and Turkey. In the Dutch city of Rotterdam, an SA-2 surface-to-air missile, one of at least 12, was discovered in a junk yard, replete with UN tags. In Jordan, UN inspectors found 20 SA-2 engines as well as components for solid-fuel for missiles.

    "The problem for us is that we don't know what may have passed through these yards and other yards elsewhere," Buchanan said. "We can't really assess the significance and don't know the full extent of activity that could be going on there or with others of Iraq's neighbors."

    UN inspectors have assessed that the SA-2 and the short-range Al Samoud surface-to-surface missile were shipped abroad by agents of the Saddam regime. Buchanan said UNMOVIC plans to inspect other sites, including in Turkey.

    In April, International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Mohammed El Baradei said material from Iraqi nuclear facilities were being smuggled out of the country.

    Even the UN now says there were and are WMD's.

  2. 36 Comments

  3. by   gwenith
    Dave - could you provide a link please??
  4. by   Dplear
    won't let me post a hyperlink so it is http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtri...reaking_1.html

  5. by   gwenith
    Thank-you Dave - with all the talk of copyright on the net none of us can afford to be too careful.
  6. by   kmchugh

  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from kmchugh

    Why don't we have a smiley that is drinking diet pepsi while reading and see's something funny and spurts soda all over the computer? :wink2:

  8. by   Mkue
    very interesting.....
  9. by   fergus51
    May 2003? Weren't we running things around then?
  10. by   KibbsRNstudent
    Quote from fergus51
    May 2003? Weren't we running things around then?
    I knew it!
  11. by   fergus51
    I don't mean that as a "Ha ha". I just mean, if the purpose of going to war was to stop this type of thing and it kept happening after we took over the country.... well, that's not good.
  12. by   jyoung1950
    Quote from kmchugh

    I second that "Hmmmmmm".
  13. by   donmurray
    Puzzled by this story not being blazoned across Britain's front pages yet, I looked for credible sites carrying this tale, I found the only other site apart from the link, was the Melbourne Herald-Sun in Australia. That's owned by News (Faux) International!

  14. by   mattsmom81
    Thanks to a biased press, this fact has not been widely reported in the US either. But many of us felt it was only a matter of time before the hiding places of the WMD were found...just like SH's hiding place was eventually found. Truth prevails in time.