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The Russian and French connections...
In the past few days, the Axis of Weasel has been caught supplying weapons and support for the maniac in Baghdad. Our Russian friend, Vladimir Putin has been caught red-handed supplying weapons to Iraq.
U.S. State Department sources confirmed that Russia had indeed sold a wide variety of banned arms to Iraq as recently as one or two days before the allies struck. The Russian equipment included a variety of night vision gear, GPS jamming equipment - included software and Russian engineers who have continued to work inside Baghdad - and a number of AT-14 Kornet anti-tank missiles.
The Russian AT-14 missiles are advanced, laser guided, weapons and are considered very dangerous. But, the U.S. Air Force noted that the Russian jamming equipment is not very effective. The main problem with the Russian GPS jamming equipment is that it is also a radio transmitter, literally saying, "bomb me". According to U.S.A.F. Major General Victor Renuart, allied air forces have targeted several of the Russian GPS jammers and actually struck one with a U.S. JDAM GPS guided bomb.
The U.S. has issued a formal demand to Moscow to stop the sales and explain. Moscow has issued several lame excuses that they have no control over arms companies based inside Russia.
IRAQI CHEMICAL WEAPONS
Saddam Hussein rose to power backed by Russian weapons and Russian money. Saddam still owes Moscow over $8 billion for the arms he purchased from Russia. The primary Iraqi chemical weapons are VX nerve gas and mustard gas, a blistering agent, both obtained from Russia.
Interestingly, some sources still claim that the source of Iraqi chemical weaponry is the U.S.A. These sources claim that during the mid-1980s the U.S. transferred chemical weapons technology to Iraq.
I find this information incorrect and totally out of line with the current Iraqi weapon inventory. Iraq chemical weapons have previously been deployed on classic Russian made systems.
According to "Russian Military Power" published in 1982, "It is known that the Soviets maintain stocks of CW (chemical weapons) agents." The two primary Russian chemical weapons in the 1982 Soviet inventory were the nerve agent "VX" and "blistering agents - developments of mustard gas used so effectively in World War I."
Iraq obtained Russian delivery systems and the same inventory of Russian made chemical weapons at the same time. The fact is that U.S. made chemical weapons might not work when loaded into Russian made systems.
Iraqi SU-22 Fitter attack jets have been armed with Warsaw Pact designed bombs filled with chemical weapons. Iraq used these Russian jet fighters to drop chemical weapons on Iranian troops during the Iran/Iraq war. Iraq tried to use these SU-22 jets during the 1991 Gulf war and was foiled by the allied air superiority.
Other Russian weapons found with chemical weapons include the FROG-7 missile, 122mm rockets, 152mm artillery and the M-1937 82mm mortars. Curiously, all the Iraqi artillery missiles, rockets, shells and mortar rounds, filled with chemical weapons are of Russian design.
The only exception to the Russian connection is the recent attempts by Iraq to modify its force of French made Mirage F-1 jets to carry chemical weapons. The State Department has a wonderful video of an Iraqi Mirage jet testing a chemical weapons sprayer.
For those who still remain skeptical, take note that one does not modify a multi-million dollar fighter jet to spray French perfume. The Vichy government of Jacques Chirac may deny the arms sales to Baghdad but the weapons in Iraqi hands show that Paris and Moscow have sent more to Saddam than Perrier and Russian vodka.