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Russia 'warned U.S. about Saddam'
Friday, June 18, 2004 Posted: 1646 GMT (0046 HKT)
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russian intelligence services warned Washington several times that Saddam Hussein's regime planned terrorist attacks against the United States, President Vladimir Putin has said.
"I can confirm that after the events of September 11, 2001, and up to the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services and Russian intelligence several times received ... information that official organs of Saddam's regime were preparing terrorist acts on the territory of the United States and beyond its borders, at U.S. military and civilian locations," Putin said.
He said the information was given to U.S. intelligence officers and that U.S. President George W. Bush expressed his gratitude to a top Russian intelligence official.
Originally posted by 11Bravo
So Muadib let me get this straight.
You are using empty shells as proof that there was something in the shell?
Then, to back that up, you say 'Yeah, and everybody said he had WMD so he must have.'
Is that your stance?
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
All the inspectors say this, the UN Says this, even Bush has said no wmd's existed.
So why are you trying to continue this witch hunt when its obvious enough for your LEADER to admit the witch doesnt exist?
Where are the IAEA's missing explosives, along with other elements of Saddam's WMD program? It seems that the Russians might know:
Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein's weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned.
John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, "almost certainly" removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad.
"The Russians brought in, just before the war got started, a whole series of military units," Mr. Shaw said. "Their main job was to shred all evidence of any of the contractual arrangements they had with the Iraqis. The others were transportation units."
The Russian arms-removal program was initiated after Yevgeny Primakov, the former Russian intelligence chief, could not convince Saddam to give in to U.S. and Western demands, this official said.
A small portion of Iraq's 650,000 tons to 1 million tons of conventional arms that were found after the war were looted after the U.S.-led invasion, Mr. Shaw said. Russia was Iraq's largest foreign supplier of weaponry, he said.
John Shaw was fired by the Defense Department for exceeding his authority. His claims were not denied, instead satellite images showed extensive large-vehicle traffic crossing the Syrian border prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Originally posted by Muaddib
But hey, it was all lies right?....
Originally posted by Dan5647
So we went into Iraq in 2003 and claimed there were WMDs there.