View Full Version : Huge Chemical Weapons Factory Found in Iraq
03-24-2003, 12:02 AM
Just reported, details are sketchy, but we are in control. Proof that this war was justified!
03-24-2003, 12:45 AM
"'CHEMICAL PLANT FOUND'
A huge chemical weapons factory has been found in Iraq, according to Pentagon sources.
The facility was found by advancing US troops in An Najaf, around 100 miles south of Baghdad, the sources say.
The general in charge of the factory was arrested by the 1st Brigade of the Third Infantry division and is being questioned, the sources said."
as taken from SKYNews website.
03-24-2003, 01:18 AM
Shouldn't the proof justify the action BEFORE it is taken, and not stumbled upon after the act has begun?
03-24-2003, 01:33 AM
We already had proof, but some people didn't believe us. And it turns out Russia has been supplying the enemy with arms and equipment. You wonder why they were opposed to the war. :shakehea: :skeptic:
03-24-2003, 01:36 AM
we've known yor a couple decades that the Russians have been supplying arms to Iraq, so have the French (Iraq Air Force Mirage fighter planes, and Exocet Missiles)
03-24-2003, 12:26 PM
What a miracle, the US troops have now found a chemical plant which was not detected by the UN inspectors. Sketchy, to say the least. Merely an attempt to put up much belated proof that the war is justified. I would not be surprised if this chemical plant turns out to be a fertilizer manufacture later-on.
03-24-2003, 12:32 PM
If a Fertilizer plant, then why electric fence, and 2 Iraqi generals with a guard contingent of 30 soldiers?? And why was it camouflaged to conceal it from the air??
03-24-2003, 01:21 PM
Was it? Have not heard that yet. We have to wait for more information. Yet, I am still sketchy about it.
03-24-2003, 02:50 PM
Slow down there herpa,
first of all, it was only speculation. Secondly, the story has vanished from most major news sources. Let's just relax a bit before jumping to conclusions. Besides, if every building guarded by Iraqi troops meant it was a chemical weapons factory, Iraq would have about 20,000 of them.
Also, let's not forget that the Pentagon desperately needs stories like this in light of the increasing criticism in the USA due to the relatively high Allied losses and the slow pace at which the troops are advancing in populated areas thus far. And if you think that the Pentagon is above fabricating stories, then guess again.
Let's just hope that the losses to human life on both sides are low when this is all done.
03-24-2003, 03:24 PM
Still no news report three hours later, so is probably all propaganda.
03-24-2003, 07:47 PM
Ok, to those of you who can't find it, here is the report:
Coalition forces discovered Monday a "huge" suspected chemical weapons factory near the Iraqi city of Najaf, some 90 miles south of Baghdad, a senior Pentagon official confirmed to Fox News.
Coalition troops are holding two Iraqi generals said to be in charge of the facility. Defense officials told Fox News that the officers are providing "good information" that could be crucial to searching out and dismantling Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program.
U.S. Central Command, which oversees the war in Iraq, said in a statement that troops were examining several "sites of interest," but said it was premature to call the Najaf site a chemical weapons factory.
The Jerusalem Post ran a story earlier Sunday that was written by a journalist on-hand with the U.S. unit -- the 1st Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division -- that took the plant.
The article states that one soldier was lightly wounded when a booby-trapped explosive was triggered as he was "clearing the sheet metal-lined chemical weapons production facility."
The chemical plant is described as a "100-acre complex," surrounded by an electrical fence. The plant was also apparently camouflaged to avoid aerial photos being taken.
It is not yet known what chemicals were being produced at the plant.
Asked at a news conference in Qatar Sunday about reports of the chemical plant, Lt. Gen. John Abizaid of U.S. Central Command declined comment. He said top Iraqi officers have been questioned about chemical weapons.
"We have an Iraqi general officer, two Iraqi general officers that we have taken prisoner, and they are providing us with information," Abizaid said.
The Jerusalem Post report also states that immediately following coalition entry into the camp, at least 30 Iraqi soldiers and their commanding officer fully obeyed instructions given by U.S. soldiers by lying down and surrendering.
U.S. forces are checking other sites based on leads from captured Iraqis and documents -- but officials cautioned it was premature to conclude any forbidden weapons had been located.
American special operations forces found documents in western Iraq that also could lead to chemical or biological weapons facilities, said Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Myers said U.S. commandos found the papers along with a cache of millions of rounds of ammunition after a firefight on Saturday, and the discovery "might save thousands of lives if we can find out exactly where and what they have."
"I just know that they have some papers that they want to exploit as quickly as possible, and we're going to do that, of course," Myers said.
President Bush and other U.S. officials say ridding Saddam's regime of chemical and biological weapons is the main objective of the war. Finding such weapons would be a huge boost for Bush, since much of the international criticism of the U.S.-led war has focused on the fact that United Nations inspectors had not found any banned weapons in Iraq.
Iraqi officials have insisted that they destroyed all of the chemical and biological weapons they made after the 1991 Persian Gulf War -- a claim U.N. weapons inspectors have questioned.
U.N. weapons inspectors are not aware of any large-scale chemical sites which could be used to make chemical weapons in Najaf, said Ewen Buchanan, spokesman for the inspectors. However, there are many such dual-use sites in other parts of the country because of Iraq's petrochemical industry.
U.N. inspectors visited a cement plant in the Najaf area earlier this year to check on its explosives cache but did not report finding anything improper. A team of biological weapons inspectors also visited a university and school in Kufa, a few miles north of Najaf.
Fox News' Bret Baier, Ian McCaleb and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
03-24-2003, 08:29 PM
Arrrggghh, Fox News again!
Honestly, this report has some points, but then again why has nothing of this appeared on the TV news here in Europe? Neither in Germany, from where I can about 10 channels, nor our own TV has mentioned the slightest thing of this 'discovery'. Strange, isn't it?
Should it really be a chemical weapons factory, then there is still a proof needed that the weapons that may have been produced there are still around.
03-24-2003, 11:44 PM
Nothing about it now on BBC or CNN. We will have to wait for more info.
03-25-2003, 05:41 PM
Well "suspected chemical weapons factory" doesn't mean that it is in fact a chemical weapons plant. This article bases most of it's facts on the Jerusalem Post article that I referred to in one of my earlier posts.
Besides, even U.S. Central Command said it was premature to call this factory a weapons plant.
But it's interesting to see just how desperately the US gov't needs to find a justifiaction for the war.
03-25-2003, 10:45 PM
I think Jumbo shrimp are big, BIG shrimps. :D
03-26-2003, 12:18 AM
LMAO how can something be off topic in the off topic forum??!!??
03-26-2003, 02:39 AM
Its off topic coz its off the topic that's being discussed in the off topic forum. :D
03-26-2003, 02:55 PM
I think that I'm going to call "jumbo-shrimp" "prawns" from now on. :)
03-26-2003, 03:11 PM
I hate it when I go abroad and order prawns on the menu, but when it comes, to me it appears to be the size of plankton. A prawn should be at least 2 inches across. Tiger prawns should be about 20cm in length. Many times I have seen 'jumbo prawns' only to think they only qualify as shrimp in Hong Kong. :roll:
03-26-2003, 03:52 PM
03-26-2003, 07:51 PM
Yes talking about shrimp is off topic! :topicoff:
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