Kuwait foils smuggling of chemicals, bio warheads from Iraq

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    *** Hmmmm.... Where are these weapons coming from? I almost believed the liberals for a minute there...***


    Kuwait foils smuggling of chemicals, bio warheads from Iraq
    Associated Press
    Kuwait City, October 2

    Kuwaiti security authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle $60 million worth of chemical weapons and biological warheads from Iraq to an unnamed European country, a Kuwaiti newspaper said on Wednesday.
    The pro-Government Al-Siyassah, quoting an unnamed security source, said the suspects had been watched by security since they arrived in Kuwait and were arrested "in due time." It did not say when or how the smugglers entered Kuwait or when they were arrested.

    The paper said the smugglers might have had accomplices inside Kuwait. It said Interior Minister Sheik Nawwaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah would hand over the smuggled weapons to an FBI agent at a news conference, but did not say when.

    Government officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Iraqi Interior Minister Nouri Al-Badran met on Tuesday with Sheik Nawwaf and discussed cooperation between the two countries in security matters. His visit is the first by an Iraqi interior minister to Kuwait since 1990.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_399454,00050004.htm
     
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    And yet another link on this breaking story:

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=34881


    Following months of frustrated searches by hundreds of U.S. and British investigators for Saddam's weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, some have turned up in Kuwait, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyassah.

    The pro-government daily reports Kuwaiti security forces foiled an attempted smuggling of $60 million worth of chemical weapons and biological warheads from Iraq to an unnamed European country.

    Citing an unnamed security source, Al-Siyassah said the smugglers had been under surveillance since they arrived in Kuwait and were arrested "in due time."

    No details about the suspects, possible accomplices, where the weapons came from in Iraq and how they were acquired were disclosed.

    The smuggled arms will be turned over to an FBI agent by Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheik Nawwaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah, according to the paper. No time was given for the news conference where this handover is slated to take place.

    The reported find of weapons of mass destruction comes on the eve of testimony by David Kay, the head of the CIA-led team of some 1,200 investigators, before House and Senate intelligence committees. Kay is due to offer an interim report on the status of their search for WMD in Iraq.

    The Washington Post reports Kay is expected to float a working theory that the ousted Iraqi president was bluffing about possessing weapons of mass destruction to appear as more of a threat than he actually was.
     
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    There are no chemical or biological weapons in Iraq. Never!

    What will all the liberals complain about now?

    Can't you just hear them while they read this story, sayng "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!"
     
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    And I bet France is gonna be pissed when they lose out on the bio/chem weapons they were trying to smuggle out.
     
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    No, No, NO!!

    Come on, guys, it was all about the OIIIILLLLL!!!

    Just ask Spilly.:cof:
     
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    You're jumping the gun a bit.

    Three causes for concern:

    1) No major news services have picked up on this
    2) A smuggling operation has been stopped - which is not to say there were definitely wmd involved.
    3) The article claimed "warheads", which as we know from the Iraq war could mean "empty warheads".
     
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    Agreed.

    24 hours later and not a word from the US media.

    "The smuggled arms will be turned over to an FBI agent by Kuwaiti Interior Minister Sheik Nawwaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah, according to the paper. No time was given for the news conference where this handover is slated to take place."

    I'd like to see how this one pans out as they claim to be in possession of the weapons. Time will tell us the full story.
     

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