Many political arrows have been pointed at the Bush administration for either its (1) faulty intelligence or (2) effort to deceive the American public in the run up to the invasion of Iraq. In particular, the failure to find weapons of mass destruction has caused much weeping and wailing. The news article from two days ago gives a tantalizing clue as to their ultimate destination.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, May 29, 2007 (AFP) – Turkish authorities have launched an investigation into what they describe as an undeclared train shipment of weapons from Iran to Syria, local security sources said Tuesday.
The cargo was discovered in one of the cars of a freight train that was derailed Friday near the town of Genc in the southeast province of Bingol.
The cargo was declared as construction materials, but turned out to contain US-made rocket launchers and rifles, the sources said. More…
There are many others that have made the same or similar claim about shipments to Syria:
Moshe Yaalon, who was Israel’s top general at the time, said Iraq transported WMD to Syria six weeks before Operation Iraqi Freedom began.
John A. Shaw, a former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said Russian Spetsnaz units moved WMD to Syria and Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong was deputy commander of Central Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In September 2004, he told WABC radio that “I do know for a fact that some of those weapons went into Syria, Lebanon and Iran.”
In January 2004, David Kay, the first head of the Iraq Survey Group which conducted the search for Saddam’s WMD, told a British newspaper there was evidence unspecified materials had been moved to Syria from Iraq shortly before the war.
Also that month, Nizar Nayuf, a Syrian journalist who defected to an undisclosed European country, told a Dutch newspaper he knew of three sites where Iraq’s WMD was being kept. They were the town of al Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria; the Syrian air force base near the village of Tal Snan, and the city of Sjinsar on the border with Lebanon.
In an addendum to his final report last April, Charles Duelfer, who succeeded David Kay as head of the Iraq Survey Group, said he couldn’t rule out a transfer of WMD from Iraq to Syria.
“There was evidence of a discussion of possible WMD collaboration initiated by a Syrian security officer, and ISG received information about movement of material out of Iraq, including the possibility that WMD was involved. In the judgment of the working group, these reports were sufficiently credible to merit further investigation,” Mr. Duelfer said.
In a briefing for reporters in October 2003, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper Jr., who was head of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency when the Iraq war began, said satellite imagery showed a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria just before the American invasion.