Report: Saddam Transferred WMD to Syria
Allahpundit is skeptical. So am I. So should you be.
But a report to be released by the US and Israel detailing the attack on Syria by the IAF last September will make the claim that Saddam transferred weapons of mass destruction from Iraq to Syria prior to the war:
An upcoming joint US-Israel report on the September 6 IAF strike on a Syrian facility will claim that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein transferred weapons of mass destruction to the country, Channel 2 stated Monday.Skepticism is healthy in this case because so much has been reported about that strike which would indicate it was some sort of Syrian nuke facility built with the aid of North Korea.
Furthermore, according to a report leaked to the TV channel, Syria has arrested 10 intelligence officials following the assassination of Hizbullah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh.
Little reported at the time was a press conference in December, 2002 given by then Prime Minister Sharon that revealed the Mossad's belief that Saddam was already transferring his stockpile of WMD:
Several different intelligence sources raised red flags about suspicious truck convoys from Iraq to Syria in the days, weeks, and months prior to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.Several defectors have also said that Saddam moved his weapons to Syria prior to the conflict with Iraq.
These concerns first became public when, on December 23, 2002, Ariel Sharon stated on Israeli television, “Chemical and biological weapons which Saddam is endeavoring to conceal have been moved from Iraq to Syria.” About three weeks later, Israel’s foreign minister repeated the accusation.The U.S., British, and Australian governments issued similar statements.
And even the Dulfer Report on Iraqi WMD's raised the issue of weapons being transferred to Syria.
So it's not like no one has ever broached the subject before. Still, the raid by Israel last September on the Syrian target has been widely believed to have hit a North Korean supplied graphite reactor that Syria may have been using in atomic bomb research.
At any rate, we will have to wait for the report to be sure.