Best source confirms the intelligence of Iraqi wmd moved to Syria in 2002 provided by Iraqi Air Force general Sada in his new book, SADDAM’S SECRETS.
Writing in today’s New York Sun, editor Ira Stoll, after a meeting with Sada at the Sun’s offices, summarizes Sada’s evidence. In June 2002, Chemical Ali supervised the transfer of wmd chemical stocks from Baghdad to Damascus by loading the cargo onto Iraqi Airlines 747s with seats stripped out. There were fifty six flights in all, with the cover story that Iraq was aiding Syria after disastrous flooding. Name of Syrian general receiving wmd not confirmed by best source, pending.
This is consistent with intelligence developed over many years that Iraq developed a multiple layered CBRN program.
Sada, fearing for his life, and the lives of his sources the pilots who flew some of the aircraft, also makes mention of civilian truck convoys transfering wmd to Syaria prior to the war. This connects with multiple reports from IDF general officers, active and retired, that convoys were observed travelling from Baghdad to Damascus and then onto Lebanon in late 2002.
This also connects with developing story of DOCEX, the program to translate and analyze two million documents captured in Baghdad that contain the pattern and practice of terror and wmd in Iraq 1999-2002.
This also connects to report of a CD (about to surface in the news) containing the voices of Saddam Hussein and staff planning to conceal wmd from UN and others, recorded in staff meetings from 1988 to late 2000.
Most fertile intel here. Eyes on Steve Hayes at Weekly Standard. Eyes on John Loftus of IntelligenceSummit.org. Eyes on mission critical Congressional staffs and committees handling DOCEX.
The Bush Administration’s banal mishandling and misinterpretation of a catalogue of evidence over many years of Iraqi wmd is a major component of this mystery. VPOTUS alone in Administration is firm on wmd tale. Negroponte said to be involved in the decision to verify and release more and more of the smoking arsenal.
Syria in the cross hairs: and it is a Syria with WMD.