:: 10.29.2004 ::
Al Qaqaa, revisited
It's worse than we thought:
The barrels were found inside sealed bunkers, which American soldiers are seen on the videotape cutting through. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency sealed the bunkers where the explosives were kept just before the war began.
On ABCNews, link c/o Fark.
It remains unclear how much HMX was at the facility, but what does seem clear is that the U.S. military opened the bunkers at Al-Qaqaa and left them unguarded. Since then, the material has disappeared.
Fox News has a story about an officer who came forward today to say that:
a team from his 3rd Infantry Division took about 250 tons of munitions and other material from the Al-Qaqaa arms-storage facility soon after Saddam Hussein's regime fell in April 2003.
Which really, doesn't do much to answer the ABCNews story. There were a lot of different types of munitions and explosives stored at Al Qaqaa, and this guy has no way of knowing whether they destroyed any HMX at all. Read the article for yourself, there's not much else in there.
Explosives were part of the load taken by the team, but Major Austin Pearson was unable to say what percentage they accounted for. The material was then destroyed, he said.
He admitted he was not an explosives expert.
:: Deb 1:50 PM :: permalink ::
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