I have made the assertion before, but here is another excellent article outlining the migration of Saddam Hussein’s remaining chemical weapons stockpile into Syria, where it is now at the center of the world stage. Take it away, policymic:
The earliest account of Hussein having hidden his WMDs in Syria came in January of 2004. Nizar Nayouf, an award-winning Syrian journalist who was granted political asylum in France, said in a letter to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf not only that he knew Iraq’s WMDs were being hidden inside Syria, but that he could pinpoint precisely where they were being kept. According to Nayouf’s witness, described as a senior source inside Syrian military intelligence he had known for two years, Iraq’s WMDs were in tunnels dug under the town of al-Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria, in the village of Tal Snan, north of the town of Salamija, and in the city of Sjinsjar on the Syrian border with the Lebanon, south of the city of Homs. Nayouf claimed that the transfer of Iraqi WMDs to Syria was organized by the commanders of Hussein’s Iraqi Republican Guard with the help of General Dhu al-Himma Shalish and Assef Shawkat, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s cousin and brother-in-law, respectively.
We know for a fact that Shalish had a working relationship with Hussein long before the war in Iraq. The Syrian government awarded Shalish and his company, SES International Corporation, exclusive rights on
contracts to supply the Iraqi market with goods from construction materials to detergent. According to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Shalish and SES helped the former Ba’athist regime access weapons systems by issuing false end-user certificates to foreign suppliers that listed Syria as the final country of destination.
But wait, there is more. Not just a Syrian journalist. And not just General Sada. But also that of the Iraq Survey Group, and Israeli intelligence.
When two sources from the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) — a 1,400-member team organized by the Pentagon and CIA — spoke with the Washington Times in August 2004, they reported that Hussein periodically removed guards on the Syrian border and replaced them with his own intelligence agents who supervised the movement of banned materials between the two countries. The shift was followed by the movement of trucks in and out of Syria suspected of carrying materials banned by UN sanctions. Once the shipments were made, the agents would leave and the regular border guards would resume their posts.
A similar claim was made by Lieutenant General Moshe Ya’alon in December of 2005, a former Israeli military officer who served as chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces from July 2002 to June 2005. “(Hussein) transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria” six weeks before Operation Iraqi Freedom started, according to Ya’alon. “No one went to Syria to find it.”
General Sada’s claim of numerous truck convoys crossing the border in the months leading up to the US invasion also squares with countless eyewitness accounts from Iraqis living in Al Anbar Province. In addition, the words of General al-Tikriti ring much more sensibly than those who claim that Saddam was merely bluffing, and possessed no chemical stockpile, but instead allowed his government to be toppled and his own death to result from playing out of that bluff.
After Saddam denied he had such weapons why would he use them or leave them readily available to be found?
The author is correct, in that absolute proof will be difficult. You can bet the farm that any Iraqi complicity, and Russian complicity for that matter, in supplying Syria and the Assad Regime with chemical weapons, particularly VX, is being wiped clean as you read this.