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Originally posted by ch1466Nonsense!
It is _well_ within the 'technical means' of ANY nation to isolate completely the flow of illegal men and materiels to a given society.
Look at any railroad undercut beneath a street or flood control canal in any major city and imagine a similar 50X30ft (wide X tall), system put in place across a given terrain choke.
Particularly if you mine it and put robotic vehicles (such as we have had here at Rocky Flats for the last /20 years/) in the perfectly flat, obstacleless, bottom as a roving patrol, there would be no way to penetrate it.
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Interior Minister Bayan Jabr told reporters that Iraqi security forces recently opened fire on a group of men carrying boxes near the Iranian border. The men dropped the boxes and fled back into Iranian territory. Inside the boxes were dynamite sticks with some wires.
"This is all that happened at the border and was very much exaggerated," Jabr said.
Originally posted by subz
So no mention of the fact that the other weapons the insurgents are using are American and British made? That fact is conveniently forgotten.
Also the Americans supplied Afghanis with weapons, money and know-how to fight the invading Russians. How would this be any different to that? Intentions? Well thats a subjective stance isnt it.
Originally posted by Muaddib
Of course insurgents also use the weapons they steal from the ded bodies of coalition forces.
U.S Troops At Iraq Weapons Cache
Al-Qaqa'a, the Iraqi military complex from which 350 tons of explosives disappeared, was looted after US troops left the area refusing requests to protect the site, Iraqi witnesses say.
They say unguarded buildings were stripped of their contents after the arrival and departure of American troops in the last few days of the war.
Yesterday an armed Islamic group claimed to have obtained a large quantity of the explosives and threatened to use them against coalition troops. The group, calling itself al-Islam's Army Brigades, al-Karar Brigade, said on a video that it had co-ordinated with officers and soldiers of "the American intelligence" to obtain a "huge amount of the explosives that were in the al-Qaqa'a facility".
The looted explosives have become a contentious issue in the US election campaign, adding weight to the accusations of John Kerry, that George Bush mishandled the war.
Iraqi people claim US forces were specifically asked to secure the complex but declined to do so, saying their orders were to proceed towards Baghdad. The looters are said to have removed everything from desks and computers to ammunition and artillery shells.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revealed that among the items stolen were HMX and RDX, key components in plastic explosives such as C-4 and Semtex, which are favoured by insurgent groups. The IAEA said it had warned the Bush administration of the vulnerability of the al-Qaqa'a arsenal in April last year after the looting of the main Iraqi nuclear facility. There is strong suspicion that the explosives have been used in the car bomb attacks in which hundreds of civilians as well as US and Iraqi government forces have been killed.
SEVENTEEN British companies who supplied Iraq with nuclear, biological, chemical, rocket and conventional weapons technology are to be investigated and could face prosecution following a Sunday Herald investigation.
One of the companies is Inter national Military Services, a part of the Ministry of Defence, which sold rocket technology to Iraq. The companies were named by Iraq in a 12,000 page dossier submitted to the UN in December. The Security Council agreed to US requests to censor 8000 pages -- including sections naming western businesses which aided Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programme.
The five permanent members of the security council -- Britain, France, Russia, America and China -- are named as allowing companies to sell weapons technology to Iraq.