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UR, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi opposition leaders and U.S. officials on Tuesday held the first of several meetings aimed at charting Iraq's future just days after a U.S.-led invasion toppled the regime of President Saddam Hussein.
Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite leaders gathered at an air base in the southern Iraqi town of Ur, near a 4,000-year-old ziggurat (observatory).
UR, Iraq--Under a white-and-gold tent at the biblical birthplace of Abraham, the United States assembled Iraqi factions Tuesday and told them it has "absolutely no interest" in ruling Iraq. Some Muslims boycotted the meeting and thousands demonstrated nearby, shouting: "No to America and no to Saddam!"
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
WASHINGTON -- U.S. forces have disabled a pipeline that has been delivering oil from Iraq to Syria in violation of a U.N. embargo, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday.
"I cannot assure you that all illegal oil flowing from Iraq into Syria is shut off; I just hope it is," Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon news conference.
The 11 suspected chemical and biological laboratories found in trailers buried near Karbala are not "smoking guns" in the search for Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction program, CNN reported Tuesday. An Army expert on chemical and biological weapons said tests indicated the laboratories were more likely intended to be used in the creation of conventional munitions.
The best-known of the civilizations that make up Iraq's cultural heritage are the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Parthians, Sassanids and Muslims. On April 10, 2003, in a television address, Bush acknowledged that the Iraqi people were "the heirs of a great civilization that contributes to all humanity". Only two days later, under the complacent eyes of the US Army, the Iraqis would begin to lose that heritage in a swirl of looting and burning.
In September 2004, in one of the few self-critical reports to come out of Donald Rumsfeld's Department of Defense, the Defense Science Board Task Force on Strategic Communication wrote: "The larger goals of US strategy depend on separating the vast majority of non-violent Muslims from the radical-militant Islamist-Jihadists. But American efforts have not only failed in this respect: they may also have achieved the opposite of what they intended."
Nowhere was this failure more apparent than in the indifference - even the glee - shown by Rumsfeld and his generals toward the looting on April 11 and 12, 2003, of the National Museum in Baghdad and the burning on April 14 of the National Library and Archives, as well as the Library of Korans at the Ministry of Religious Endowments. These events were, according to Paul Zimansky, a Boston University archaeologist, "The greatest cultural disaster of the last 500 years." Eleanor Robson of All Souls College, Oxford, said, "You'd have to go back centuries, to the Mongol invasion of Baghdad in 1258, to find looting on this scale." Yet Rumsfeld compared the looting to the aftermath of a soccer game and shrugged it off with the comment, "Freedom's untidy ... Free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes."
The Baghdad archaeological museum has long been regarded as perhaps the richest of all such institutions in the Middle East. It is difficult to say with precision what was lost there in those catastrophic April days in 2003 because up-to-date inventories of its holdings, many never even described in archaeological journals, were also destroyed by the looters or were incomplete thanks to conditions in Baghdad after the Gulf War of 1991. One of the best records, however partial, of its holdings is the catalog of items the museum lent in 1988 to an exhibition held in Japan's ancient capital of Nara entitled Silk Road Civilizations. But, as one museum official said to John Burns of the New York Times after the looting, "All gone, all gone. All gone in two days."
Originally posted by GlobalMirage
This may have been posted here before but I think it merits a second look. There is a rummor about Bush needing ANY excuse for going into Iraq because they knew that a UFO had crashed near Baghdad and Saddam had recovered the UFO. Also that there was important knowledge about alien life from the Sumerian culture that only Saddam had acces to and that they wanted acces to those sites.
That would explain the Bush administration going to all these pains to get acces to Iraq. Anyone with more info please post.
Radio Interview about this!
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
reply to post by shot messenger
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE IRAQ MESS IS DUE TO GEORGE WEE WEE HAVING HEARD HIS DADDY TALKING ABOUT THE ANUNNAKI MATERIAL THAT WAS STORED IN THE WARE HOUSES ALL OVER IRAQ.
WE TOOK THE STUFF, AS IT WAS HIDDEN ALL OVER THE COUNTRY IN AMMO DUMPS. THERE WAS OVER 176,000 TONS OF IT HAULED OFF INTO SAUDI ARABIA AND HAS NOW BEEN MOVED TO THE U.S.A. I HAVE NEEN LOOKING FOR IT, AS I THINK IT IS NOW IN WEST TEXAS SOMEPLACE.
THERE WERE SOME SEEDS THAT THE FOUND WHICH HAD BEEN SAVED IN A SPECIAL "SPACE" BOX AND WHEN THE TEXAS A&M FOLKS GOT THEM PLANTED AND THEY CAME UP, AND MADE ALL KINDS OF GOOD FOOD AND LOTS OF IT.
SOME OF THE STUFFF WAS A KIND OF MIRCILE IN THE WAY IT GREW SO FAST AND WAS SO GOOD TO EAT. THEY HAVE HAD THESE NEW SEEDS FOR FIVE YEARS NOW (5-08) AND ARE NOT READY TO GIVE THEM OUT TO FARMERS AS THEY KNOW THE WORLD WOULD NOT KN OW WHAT TO DO WITH ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYBODY TO LVE HAPPLY EVERAFTER.
IF ALL THE WORLD HAD PLENTY OF FOOD ALL THE TIME THERE WOUYLLD NOT BE ANY WAR. EVERY BODY WOULD JUST LAY AROUND HAVING SEX, AND NOT WORK OR NEED TO WORK ANY MORE. EVERY BODY WOULD LIVE A LONG TIME AND HAVE LOTS OF BABIES AND PLENTY OF FOOD TOO.
NOW THAT WE HAVE VIAGAGA PILLS ALL THE WOMEN WOULD COOK FOOR AND THEN EVERYONE EAT AND HAVE SOME MORE SEX.
THIS IS WHAT I WAS TOLD WHEN I GOT SHOT AND DIED AND WENT TO HEAVAN. AND THEY SEND ME BACK AS I HAD SOME PROJECT THAT THEY WANTED ME TO DO. SO HERE I AM READY FOR MY PROJECT AND STILL HAVING A BALL.
Originally posted by wang
Intresting theory, iraq has even been claimed to have a stargate.