January 26, 2006

56 Flights To Syria

More testimony (notice I didn't say evidence) that Saddam Hussein's WMD were moved to Syria in the months before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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....

...Mr. Sada, 65, told the Sun that the pilots of the two airliners that transported the weapons of mass destruction to Syria from Iraq approached him in the middle of 2004, after Saddam was captured by American troops.

"I know them very well. They are very good friends of mine. We trust each other. We are friends as pilots," Mr. Sada said of the two pilots. He declined to disclose their names, saying they are concerned for their safety. But he said they are now employed by other airlines outside Iraq.

The pilots told Mr. Sada that two Iraqi Airways Boeings were converted to cargo planes by removing the seats, Mr. Sada said. Then Special Republican Guard brigades loaded materials onto the planes, he said, including "yellow barrels with skull and crossbones on each barrel." The pilots said there was also a ground convoy of trucks.

The flights - 56 in total, Mr. Sada said - attracted little notice because they were thought to be civilian flights providing relief from Iraq to Syria, which had suffered a flood after a dam collapse in June of 2002.

Sada, the former Iraqi air force officer, has a book out now about his service in the Saddam regime. Not sure if that makes him more or less credible. He'll meet next week with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

(via Power Line)

UPDATE 1/27: Much more on Georges Sada from Mark in Mexico

Posted by dan at January 26, 2006 9:17 PM