2003 February 19 Wednesday
Three Cargo Ships May Contain WMD

The UK Independent reports American and British military and intelligence services are tracking the movement of 3 cargo ships that have been cruising around the Indian Ocean which may be carrying Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

American and British military forces are believed to be reluctant to stop and search the vessels for fear that any intervention might result in them being scuttled. If they were carrying chemical and biological weapons, or fissile nuclear material, and they were to be sunk at sea, the environmental damage could be catastrophic.

Are these ships hiding weapons from the inspectors?

John Eldridge, editor of Jane's Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence, said Saddam Hussein would have been "extremely sensible" to hide weapons at sea.

This doesn't seem likely. Iraq is a big place. Saddam has plenty of places to hide weapons in Iraq. Maybe the ships are weapons development labs. Or perhaps they are carrying weapons that are to be used to strike the US and its allies if Iraq is attacked.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 February 19 07:44 PM  Axis Of Evil

Dennis donohue said at May 25, 2003 7:09 AM:

Where are these ships today? No body seems to be reporting on them since Februrau 2003

Thank you for your time and consideration


Clive said at January 30, 2004 3:32 PM:

Certainly no mention of this since 1 UK national newspaper reported it in March '03.
What's easier for the US/UK? To admit there were never any WMD and they got it wrong?
Or to admit that they let the Iraqis scuttle the ships in deep water causing an ecological castrophe?

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