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Marines hold nuclear site
Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2003 | Carl Prine

Posted on 04/09/2003 10:29:29 AM PDT by Ditto

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:02:56 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

SOUTH OF BAGHDAD In a valley sculpted by man, between the palms and roses, lies a vast marble and steel city known as Al-Tuwaitha.

In the suburbs about 18 miles south of the capital's suburbs, this city comprises nearly 100 buildings workshops, laboratories, cooling towers, nuclear reactors, libraries and barracks that belong to the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission.


(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: altuwaitha; atomic; blix; cia; fedayeen; frenchnuclear; hamza; iaea; iraq; iraqinuclear; marines; nuclear; nuclearweapons; nuke; plutonium; radiation; seegar; semperfi; tierney; tuwaitha; un; unarmsinspections; unarmsinspectors; underground; unfailure; unitednations; unlegsinspectors; usmc; war; warlist; wmd
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To: Torie
It's taking a backseat to the lynching of Saddam. Inspector Blix and Mr Ritter will be up tomorrow.
121 posted on 04/09/2003 4:47:37 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: XJarhead
"Just because radiation readings go off the chart does not
mean its weapons-grade stuff."

You're right, but how on earth did the UN sanctions and the Gulf War 1 treaty allow Saddam a NUCLEAR facility??? This has to be verboten to him.
122 posted on 04/09/2003 4:48:23 PM PDT by Darnright
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To: witnesstothefall
A search on Google News with the terms "iraq underground nuclear" shows two Irish and UK papers referencing and discussing this article.
123 posted on 04/09/2003 4:50:26 PM PDT by Eala
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To: MHGinTN
We'll see if he does anything with the info...if he doesn't tonight, it may be because he's wants some info from military/CentCom, etc.
124 posted on 04/09/2003 4:50:39 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Eala
Quite so. Hence my qualification "in America".
125 posted on 04/09/2003 4:51:40 PM PDT by witnesstothefall
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To: Ditto
No surprise to those of us aware of Hamza's book, Saddam's Bombmaker (published in 2000).
126 posted on 04/09/2003 4:54:19 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: Ditto
That's where the Marines see the grand irony...In a nation with some of the world's largest petroleum reserves, Saddam saw the need for nuclear energy.

No need to color your story with your own bias.
Just assign it to an unnamed, unquoted Marine.
Who will ever figure it out?

Saddam saw the need for nuclear energy?
He was building a friggin' BOMB!
127 posted on 04/09/2003 4:55:25 PM PDT by polemikos
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To: NautiNurse
Actually, I heard that some Iraqi defector was talking on NPR about a big nuke storythat was going to break in the next couple of days. Wonder if this is it?
128 posted on 04/09/2003 4:55:54 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: FairOpinion
If you do a Yahoo News Search for 'Al-Tuwaitha', you get the new title, but the short paragraph is still about the nuclear facility.

AP - Apr 09 5:34 AM
..." About 18 miles south of Baghdad, at Al-Tuwaitha, U.S. Marines were guarding a vast nuclear facility that had belonged to the Iraqi Atomic Energy...
129 posted on 04/09/2003 4:56:09 PM PDT by Tatze (Give Pizza Chants!)
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To: Ditto
bump for later
130 posted on 04/09/2003 4:57:28 PM PDT by enemy9oclock
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE
...and here, Hussein buried it in unlined drums in an aquifer next to a river!

Oh, boy...

131 posted on 04/09/2003 4:57:45 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Eala
Gee - Worldwide attention:

Two overseas papers, and ONE in the US (PA). Wow.

Want to count how many minutes/hours of TV time have been spent on two journalists the past 24 hours?

Nothing in the NY Times (of course), nothing in the Wash. Post, nothing in the LA Times, nothing on US TV, nothing on the 4 national networks, nothing (yet) on Fox!, nothing on Times, Newsweek ....

Mad Magazine will be the first NY magazine this get into, most likely.
132 posted on 04/09/2003 5:04:34 PM PDT by Robert A Cook PE (I support FR monthly; and ABBCNNBCBS (continue to) Lie!)
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To: Tatze; jwalsh07

SOUTH OF BAGHDAD — In a valley sculpted by man, between the palms and roses, lies a vast marble and steel city known as Al-Tuwaitha.

In the suburbs about 18 miles south of the capital's suburbs, this city comprises nearly 100 buildings — workshops, laboratories, cooling towers, nuclear reactors, libraries and barracks — that belong to the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission.

Investigators Tuesday discovered that Al-Tuwaitha hides another city. This underground nexus of labs, warehouses, and bomb-proof offices was hidden from the public and, perhaps, International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors who combed the site just two months ago, until the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Engineers discovered it three days ago.

Today, the Marines hold it against enemy counter-attacks.

133 posted on 04/09/2003 5:04:41 PM PDT by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans)
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To: Eala
A Google News Search of 'Al-Tuwaitha' came up with several links talking about the nuclear facility captured by the Marines!

Sites reporting it include Canada.com, WorldNetDaily, Guardian UK, IrishExaminer, EconomicTimes India, & MidDay Mumbai India. Most just cite the Pittsburgh Times article.

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31966 has its own story built on the Times article.

134 posted on 04/09/2003 5:05:02 PM PDT by Tatze (Give Pizza Chants!)
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To: Chairman_December_19th_Society; ABG(anybody but Gore); Howlin; Miss Marple
Look what the Marines found..
135 posted on 04/09/2003 5:11:11 PM PDT by Dog
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To: not-an-ostrich
Do journalists have certain rights on their stories? Can they sue if a news outlet doesn't use their own reporters/sources to find a story? I know you have to have permission to use photos/film...remember the flack FNC got when the used the Challenger film without permission.

Most US newspapers belong to AP and their stories are propagated on the AP wires for other newspapers to publish. Television agreements are usually network based, so NBC can air footage from an NBC affiliate, but Fox must get permission first.

It will take some time for this story to get the play it deserves because most editors and reporters have the scientific understanding of a Labrador retriever. The bigger papers also have bias against "lesser" newspapers in smaller cities and will wait until their reporters can get on scene.

136 posted on 04/09/2003 5:11:13 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: try phecta tom
Over here..
137 posted on 04/09/2003 5:13:42 PM PDT by Dog
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To: KansasConservative1
These people don't celebrate Christmas

Saddam's regime WAS secular.

138 posted on 04/09/2003 5:14:58 PM PDT by Amerigomag
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To: mewzilla

139 posted on 04/09/2003 5:18:23 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: deadhead; Torie
Scientist says he hid nuclear materials in Iraq 20 years ago
140 posted on 04/09/2003 5:18:45 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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