Thursday, June 03, 2004
The 2nd Battalion of the Iraqi National Task Force has seized more than 6 tons of weapons outside of Al Tarmiya. This is an all-Iraqi unit led by US advisors.
The weapons cache consisted of nine sites in a four kilometer area, covered by palm trees. And the haul was staggering. I'll list some of the finds here, leaving out the massive amounts of small arms and ammunition:
- huge quantities of Russian-made rockets (over 270)
- SA-7 surface-to-air missiles
- rocket-propelled grenades
- Sagger missiles
- RDX-type explosives
- hand grenades, mortars, machineguns, sniper rifles, artillery shells and machinegun ammunition
- plastique-type explosive materials
- TOW missiles and launch tubes
- fuses, maps and reams of other various demolition and improvised explosive device materials and triggering and detonation components, as well as some thirteen 55-gallon barrels of an RDX-type explosive material similar to TNT.
Wow. Now, look at this haul. And they only found it NOW. Now imagine just those thirteen 55-gallon barrels of explosive. Forget the 5+ tons of other material. Now imagine they are filled with anthrax, or VX, or sarin. How quickly can we expect to find them? Think about it.
Oh, by the way, has the US media mentioned this story yet? Didn't think so...
The Good News in Iraq
In spite of everything else, the men and women in our Armed Forces keep making Iraq a better place to live. Today's story is about the rehabilitation of part of the Iraqi power grid.