Syria’s Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam’s Iraq

From Investor’s Business Daily:

War On Terror: As the regime of Bashar Assad disintegrates, the security of his chemical arsenal is in jeopardy. The No. 2 general in Saddam Hussein’s air force says they were the WMDs we didn’t find in Iraq.

King Abdullah of neighboring Jordan warned that a disintegrating Syria on the verge of civil war puts Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons at risk of falling into the hands of al-Qaida.

“One of the worst-case scenarios as we are obviously trying to look for a political solution would be if some of those chemical stockpiles were to fall into unfriendly hands,” he said.

The irony here is that the chemical weapons stockpile of Syrian thug Assad may in large part be the legacy of weapons moved from Hussein’s Iraq into Syria before Operation Iraqi Freedom.

If so, this may be the reason not much was found in the way of WMD by victorious U.S. forces in 2003.

In 2006, former Iraqi general Georges Sada, second in command of the Iraqi Air Force who served under Saddam Hussein before he defected, wrote a comprehensive book, “Saddam’s Secrets.”

It details how the Iraqi Revolutionary Guard moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria in advance of the U.S.-led action to eliminate Hussein’s WMD threat.

As Sada told the New York Sun, two Iraqi Airways Boeings were converted to cargo planes by removing the seats, and special Republican Guard units loaded the planes with chemical weapons materials.

There were 56 flights disguised as a relief effort after a 2002 Syrian dam collapse.

There were also truck convoys into Syria. Sada’s comments came more than a month after Israel’s top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Moshe Yaalon, told the Sun that Saddam “transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria.”

Both Israeli and U.S. intelligence observed large truck convoys leaving Iraq and entering Syria in the weeks and months before Operation Iraqi Freedom, John Shaw, former deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, told a private conference of former weapons inspectors and intelligence experts held in Arlington, Va., in 2006.

According to Shaw, ex-Russian intelligence chief Yevgeni Primakov, a KGB general with long-standing ties to Saddam, went to Iraq in December 2002 and stayed until just before the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

Anticipating the invasion, his job was to supervise the removal of such weapons and erase as much evidence of Russian involvement as possible.

The Russian-assisted “cleanup” operation was entrusted to a combination of GRU and Spetsnaz troops and Russian military and civilian personnel in Iraq “under the command of two experienced ex-Soviet generals, Colonel-General Vladislav Achalov and Colonel-General Igor Maltsev, both retired and posing as civilian commercial consultants.”

Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz reported on Oct. 30, 2004, that Achalov and Maltsev had been photographed receiving medals from Iraqi Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmad in a Baghdad building bombed by U.S. cruise missiles during the first U.S. air raids in early March 2003. Apparently they did their job well.

An article in the fall 2005 Middle East Quarterly reports that in an appearance on Israel’s Channel 2 on Dec. 23, 2002, Israel’s prime minister, Ariel Sharon, stated: “Chemical and biological weapons which Saddam is endeavoring to conceal have been moved from Iraq to Syria.” According to the article, about three weeks later, Israel’s foreign minister repeated the accusation.

Syria has long had its own chemical weapons program, but the extent it may have been aided by weapons and materials transferred by Iraq before the war has only been the source of conjecture.

We may soon find out what happened to much of Saddam’s WMD.


Naturally, this won’t stop the Left’s constant blathering about Bush’s war and the lack of WMD’s.

~ Hardnox

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17 Responses to Syria’s Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam’s Iraq

  1. Clyde says:

    Good post,Nox. I maintained all along that anything Syria had came from Iraq. Guess the assholes on the left thought the military convoys were hauling Coca-Cola?

    • Hardnox says:

      Thanks Clyde. The left never lets evidence get in their way. never said shit about the Jordanian scrap metal workers that died of radiation poisoning either.

  2. Sooner or later, the Truth outs. And it’s not always dressed in Chiffon.

  3. Kathy says:

    The left and the media would never let facts get in the way of their campaign to smear Bush, especially facts that come from other countries.

    What happens with those WMDs now will largely be up to obama. Scary stuff.

  4. Garnet92 says:

    Now we need to be prepared to hear reports of truck convoys leaving Syria and going back to Iraq in a game of musical WMDs. With Obama at the helm, what could possibly go wrong?

  5. Mrs AL says:

    Good post, Hardnox.

    Not to beat a dead horse, but I never understood why the Elder Bush didn’t finish the job with Iraq way back when. SH was a nasty person, but I will give him this – he pulled the wool over the eyes of the world when it came to WMDs. A scam artist’s scam artist.

    • Kathy says:

      Good point, Mrs. A – I’ve wondered about the elder Bush’s lack of finishing the job myself. So much would have been different if he’d finished with Desert Storm.

      • Garnet92 says:

        Kathy and Mrs AL, I remember distinctly that time when Hussein’s army was being decimated and the media kept showing the blown-up trucks and tanks littering the countryside and lamenting the tremendous carnage represented by those images. Bush fell victim to the anti-war media and relented. It was a mistake, but the media was pushing public opinion to tilt towards easing up on the “poor defeated” Iraqis and Bush stopped. it was wrong on Bush’s part not to finish the job when we were in a position to do so. Somehow, somewhere, some Americans decided that winning a war was not a good thing and it may yet come back to haunt us.

    • Hardnox says:

      Thanks Mrs Al. Vanquishing Saddam from Kuwait was the mission approved by the U.N., nothing more.

      Gen. Schwarzkopf wanted to go into Baghdad to finish the job but was turned down. History has proven him right several times over.

  6. Buck says:

    Grouchy: “…the Truth outs. And it’s not always dressed in Chiffon.”

    No. Sometimes it’s just a simple, blue intern’s dress….

    I suppose the MSM will ignore the news exhonorating Bush…

    • As Zero’s lackey, Jay Whatshisface said, “That was a long time ago”,,, And anything over two days doesn’t need nor deserve an apology nor to be rectified.
      Sad, isn’t it, Buck, that to swallow a bit of pride and say, ” I’m sorry – I was wrong” lets the injury fester, to the long term detriment of truth.

  7. Buck says:

    But to the left the truth is just a small pothole in the road to communism to be deftly stepped around.