Saturday, June 21, 2003

I wonder what other goodies were smuggled out of Iraq after the fall of the statue?

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Weapons and explosives smuggled out of Iraq after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime may have ended up in the hands of al-Qaida militants in Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi officials and a former Iraqi army officer.

Part of a major arms cache discovered by Saudi authorities during a May 6 raid in Riyadh appears to have come from Iraq, according to a Saudi official and the former Iraqi officer. The raid had targeted 19 al-Qaida members who fled during a shoot-out with Saudi security forces. At least three of the fugitives died when they took part in a series of simultaneous suicide bombings in Riyadh a week later, Saudi officials said.

In the safe house they raided, Saudi authorities found 800 pounds of advanced explosives, hand grenades, assault rifles, ammunition, disguises and tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

"We suspect that some of this weapons cache was smuggled in from Iraq, either during the chaos of the war or soon afterward," said a Saudi official who asked not to be named. The official would not say whether any of the explosives used in the May 12 suicide bombings came from Iraq.

Now, where did I leave all that nu-cler waste?