5 November 2004

The latest qaqaa

I hate to gloat, but didn't I say a few posts back that the Al Qaqaa mystery would eventually be resolved after the election was over. This just in from the LA Times.

In the weeks after the fall of Baghdad, Iraqi looters loaded powerful explosives into pickup trucks and drove the material away from the Al Qaqaa ammunition site, according to a group of U.S. Army reservists and National Guardsmen who said they witnessed the looting.

The soldiers said about a dozen U.S. troops guarding the sprawling facility could not prevent the theft because they were outnumbered by looters. Soldiers with one unit — the 317th Support Center based in Wiesbaden, Germany — said they sent a message to commanders in Baghdad requesting help to secure the site but received no reply.

So the stories of mysterious Russian commandoes, French infiltrators, ill-willed aliens, or U.S.-bashing U.N. inspectors weren't true after all! Who would have ever guessed. I suppose the commanders had more on their mind than eliminating weapons from Iraq.

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