John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, "almost certainly" removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad.
Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita could not be reached for comment.
Mr. Shaw said foreign intelligence officials believe the Russians worked with Saddam's Mukhabarat intelligence service to separate out special weapons, including high explosives and other arms and related technology, from standard conventional arms spread out in some 200 arms depots.
The Russian weapons were then sent out of the country to Syria, and possibly Lebanon in Russian trucks, Mr. Shaw said.
Mr. Shaw said he believes that the withdrawal of Russian-made weapons and explosives from Iraq was part of plan by Saddam to set up a "redoubt" in Syria that could be used as a base for launching pro-Saddam insurgency operations in Iraq.
According to beliefs, this movement happened in early 2003 after negotiations failed. Now the US has a number of spy satellites in the area along with Israel and at that point in time, they were planning for war. Any movement especially across the border would not go unnoticed. Which raises the second question, if the weapons were removed from country and the US knew about it, why did they attack Iraq?
Also, a number of eye witnesses say they saw the material. Shaw denies it. I would rather believe the people in the field who saw the arms as opposed to Mr. Shaw who sits behind his comfy desk.
One of Rumsfield's goons has a lot of beliefs and your intelligent newspapers come up with a sensational title.
Fuck Shaw and his beliefs.