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'A lot of material left Iraq and went to Syria'

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Duelfer: 'A lot of material left Iraq and went to Syria'

Charles Duelfer told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month he could not rule out Saddam's transfer of Iraqi missiles and weapons of mass destruction to Syria.

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(Duelfer (left), speaks with General Joseph J. McMenamin, military commander of the Iraq Survey Group, before start of the Senate Armed Services committee meeting. )

Duelfer, an adviser to the CIA, said at the Oct. 6 hearing that a large amount of material had been transferred by Iraq to Syria before the March 2003 war.

"A lot of materials left Iraq and went to Syria," Duelfer said. "There was certainly a lot of traffic across the border points. We've got a lot of data to support that, including people discussing it. But whether in fact in any of these trucks there was WMD-related materials, I cannot say."

The Iraq Survey Group, headed by Duelfer, said Russia, Syria, Jordan and other arms suppliers were paid from Iraqi oil revenues.

A CIA report, authored by the Iraq Survey Group, identified Russia and Syria atop a list of 12 arms suppliers to Iraq until the U.S.-led war against Baghdad started in March 2003.

The report listed Russia and Syria above North Korea — regarded as the leading missile proliferator to the Middle East — as leading suppliers to Baghdad.

Jordan was the third largest supplier of weapons to Iraq.

After Jordan came Belarus, China, India, North Korea, South Korea, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, France, Romania and Turkey. The report said these countries were involved in both "weapons of mass destruction and arms-related procurement."

The report said Saddam diverted money from the UN oil-for-food program to pay for both conventional and nonconventional weapons and components.

The report said state-owned companies in Russia and Syria defied UN sanctions and supplied weapons and platforms to Baghdad. The report said Syria also served as the leading route for illegal arms supplies from Europe and other countries.

Several of Iraq's neighbors were said to have joined in the secret military effort to aid Baghdad. The report — based on interviews with senior Iraqi officials and 40 million pages of documents and classified intelligence — cited Jordan and Turkey as leading suppliers to the Saddam regime.

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Guest endymion

This could be consistent with the IAEA's claim that "neighbors" of Iraq carted off entire nuclear facilities after our invasion.

Funny how we were so intent on securing 1) Saddam and 2) Oil that the timing of the invasion didn't disrupt their operation. They were removing the materials both before and after the invasion with complete disregard for American forces because we just weren't looking.

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Guest JMT

the same facilites that were under the UN's lock and key got carted off BEFORE the war? nooooooooo!

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The accusation is that the IAEA's facilities were only carted off after the Americans were kind enough to invade and force the IAEA to stop watching.

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Guest JMT

you drew a connection to this article, where subject CIA analyst specifically mentions materials gone missing BEFORE invasion.

if its 2 issues, then it should be as such.

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The facilities that the IAEA was monitoring were intact before the invasion. The CIA is now claiming that additional facilities that the IAEA didn't know about were carted across borders before the invasion.

That means they were smart enough to cart off stuff we might or might not have known about before the invasion when they had a chance, and stuff that they knew we knew about after they knew we weren't watching any more.

Okay, so if the CIA saw it and it was our top priority then what the hell happened?

And if the IAEA knew about it and US forces demanded to take over guarding those facilities because we didn't trust the IAEA, then what the hell happened there?

We look pretty stupid in this. They carted stuff of with complete disregard to what we wanted, they were just too slick for us. So now we still have no idea, were there WMD? Are there now? We have to invade two or three more countries now to find out? Who are we supposed to believe in all of this?

All that I can really tell through everything, through not knowing how much of any of this is true, is that WMD were obviously not our priority.

Reasons For Invading Iraq

1) WMD, "imminent threat"

2) al Qaeda, "hard evidence"

3) financial gain

4) personal vendetta

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