DEBKAfile is reporting a similar and more detailed account of my Boortz posting this morning, and again, this is what I’ve been saying all along. How WILL the Democrats react, I wonder?

“Nizar Najoef, a Syrian journalist who recently defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for bravely challenging the Syrian regime, said in a letter Monday, January 5, to Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf,” that he knows the three sites where Iraq’s WMD are kept. The storage places are:

1. Tunnels dug under the town of al-Baida near the city of Hama in northern Syria. These tunnels are an integral part of an underground factory, built by the North Koreans, for producing Syrian Scud missiles. Iraqi chemical weapons and long-range missiles are stored in these tunnels.

2. The village of Tal Snan, north of the town of Salamija, where there is a big Syrian airforce camp. Vital parts of Iraq’s WMD are stored there.

3. The city of Sjinsjar on the Syrian border with the Lebanon, south of the city Homs.

Najoef writes that the transfer of Iraqi WMD to Syria was organized by the commanders of Saddam Hussein’s Special Republican Guard, including General Shalish, with the help of Assif Shoakat , Bashar Assad’s cousin. Shoakat is the CEO of Bhaha, an import/export company owned by the Assad family.

In February 2003, a month before America’s invasion in Iraq, DEBKAfile and DEBKA-Net-Weekly were the only media to report the movement of Iraqi WMD, the efforts to bring them from Iraq to Syria, and the personal involvement of Bashar Assad and his family in the operation.

Najoef, who has won prizes for journalistic integrity, says he wrote his letter because he has terminal cancer. “

Also on the story: World Net Daily

SlantPoint suggests that Syria may in fact use these. They link a story in the Asian StraitsTimes, which reports:

LONDON – Syrian President Bashar Assad yesterday rejected British and United States calls to renounce weapons of mass destruction (WMD), saying Syria was entitled to defend itself.

Asked about American and British claims that Syria had such weapons, London’s Daily Telegraph reported that he stopped short of the categorical denial which had been his government’s stock response until now.

So, he’s changed his play just recently huh? Gee, what do you suppose THAT means, eh? Keep a tight watch on this stuff; This week I think will tell the tale, now that the press has hold of it.

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