Iraq’s WMD Moved to Syria Before War, Says General

The former number two man in Saddam’s air force claims that Iraq moved its WMD into Syria before the war.

The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein’s air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed. The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, “Saddam’s Secrets,” released this week. He detailed the transfers in an interview yesterday with The New York Sun. “There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands,” Mr. Sada said. “I am confident they were taken over.”

Mr. Sada’s comments come just more than a month after Israel’s top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Moshe Yaalon, told the Sun that Saddam “transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria.”

The Syria theory has been around for a while. One would think–and I admit my technical understanding is limited–that there would be a way to track this lead down.

via John Cole, who, like me, will believe it when he sees it.


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  1. G A PHILLIPS says:

    Oh,you din’t know, you better call somebody! This must be a lie, give you 10-1 that Carl Rove not only helped him write the book but has an order in for a thousand copies.P.S. or should i use P.P.(post post) I’m still learing.P.S. or P.P. sorry ’bout the wrestling lingo.

  2. M. Simon says:

    I’ll believe when I see it too.

    We need to get our Army into Syria at once to begin the search.

  3. rocketsbrain says:

    A possible solution to the puzzle?

    Who is Gen. Sada? See this piece at Mark in Mexico (HT Michelle Malkin)

    See this post at Rocket’s Brain Trust:


    Is President Bush’s Administration now playing a Rove Trump card openly in the poker game with the French, the Russians, and the Chinese to rein in the Mad Mullahs of Iran?

    The Israelis are signaling they will not allow the Mullahs to go nuclear. If that’s the card in play, the US is now signaling we will support the Israelis to destroy the Iranians capacity to make nuclear weapons. This would not be good economically for this triad who are tied economically with Iran.


    Assuming an US/Israeli raid on Iran is on deck in the immediate future, this may be a trump card that is being held close to the vest. The LL and MSM have been allowed to run with a long rope with the meme, “Bush lied people died.” They have been so focused on this like a pack of dogs on a kill; they have not seen what may be in plain sight. Of course OBL, Al-Zawahri and other are consumers of the MSM as they craft their PR responses accordingly and use this as a wedge issue to divide the American people. This administration has done little to dispel this notion that the intel was wrong going into the Iraqi invasion and we continue to bumble through.

    Rocketsbrain suggests this “trump card” will be played if it becomes necessary to launch a preemptive strike against the Mad Mullahs of Iran and President MAD. The LL and the MSM will be left dangling in the wind. Praise be to Allah for President MAD in clarifying the aims of Islamofascism ideology much to the chagrin of the mullahs. No wonder planes are “crashing” in Iraq and there have been assassination attempts on President MAD, he’s been too literal in his statements to the free world. DAMN!

    Yes, this is highly speculative, but this is my current read of the tea leaves that gives some
    meaning to the puzzle pieces.


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  4. cas says:

    Why do you NOT believe this? Does anyone realize how SMALL an amount of WMD is needed to kill a huge number of humans? I’m only shocked that they had to use aircraft ,i.e., multiple airplanes, to get rid of it. THAT’S what scares me. Oh, and by they way, while everyone was focused on Iraq, what did Ass-sad DO with all of these WMD? I’m sure he’s got them under lock and key, just waiting for 130,000 American troops to cross HIS border, and remove HIS Ba’athist regime, just like we did with Saddam, correct? He’s not crazy enough to give it to some terrorists or anything, as insurance, (in case we try to invade Syria) now is he?

  5. Herb says:

    I have been watching this post all day and as of this hour, 5:26 EST, I have not seen comments from the “Bush Lied” croud. Perhaps they have run away with their tails tucked between their legs.

    I always knew they were a gutless bunch of liberals content with sperading thier own democrat “Lies”.

    Con’on on Ken, Anjin San and the rest of you cowardly devisive,liberals, let’s hear from you!

  6. legion says:

    Perhaps it’s becausemost sane people on both sides of the issue (as shown by both M. Simon and James) are waiting for someplace more credible than the NY Sun to report on this.

    Hell, not even Fox News has this up on their website yet!

  7. Jack Ehrlich says:

    The Iranian President visits Syria after which he states that Israel is doomed if it attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities. Could it be, they have something with which to attack Israel with? Something Saddam gave them? Mansoor Ijaz stated the WMD from Iraq went to Syria a long time ago. He has been right about many of the happenings so far. I have always wondered why the best intel in the world had it wrong. Not just one, but all. Just shows what happens when liberals put politics before national security.

  8. rocketsbrain says:

    Some background bio on Gen. Sada

    Re the credibility of Gen. Sada time will tell. Michelle Malkin did link to this piece by Mark in Mexico that has extensive comments about the Sada:

    Georges Hormis Sada graduated from Iraq’s Air Academy in 1959 and was trained by elite forces in Great Britain, Russia and the U.S. An ace fighter pilot who trained other pilots, he went on to become air vice marshal in Saddam Hussein’s military.

    Georges Sada was born into an Assyrian Christian family in northern Iraq and became a born-again believer in 1986. Georges had great favor with the former Iraqi dictator, as he is one of the few Iraqi men to ever publicly confront Saddam Hussein and live to tell about it. Georges believes a key reason why he served as one of Saddam’s most trusted advisors was to persuade him against attacking the nation of Israel with chemical weapons, something Saddam attempted to do on two separate occasions.

    Now retired, Georges is director of the Iraqi Institute for Peace and also serves as spokesman for the newly elected prime minister of Iraq. He is also the president of the National Presbyterian Church in Baghdad and chairman of the Assembly of Iraqi Evangelical Presbyterian Churches.

    In recent years, Georges held the position of principal advisor to the former Iraqi Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi. Additionally, he acted as the lead consultant for the reconstruction of all three branches of the Iraqi defense system. In June of 2003, Georges received the prestigious International Prize for Peace and Reconciliation presented by the Bishop of Coventry, England.

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  9. annlyuoj says:

    Used to trap Rice. Goes for it every time.

    No WMD because CIA never liked covert WMD policy and mandatory schooling for all OOs. Blamed Rice, sell off during Bush speech, end Deputy Director FSB who put it all together like Aimes, complain about war later. That is all Iraq is to CIA and Plame, who started all those leaks the day she complained.

    Sharon is gone and its alot easier to bomb Syria, Iran, and North Korea. Pakistan, pal to Iran and Syria gets bombed by CIA. Looks like they are all going to lose just like Plames pals in Iraq.