quasi in rem

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Secret bunkers held chemical weapons, says Iraqi exile - Iraq - www.theage.com.au: "One, he says, was under an island in the Tigris River near Saddam University. Another was beneath the house of one of Saddam's cousins, and reached by a tunnel with a hidden entrance 800 metres away.
He described the bunkers as being built 15 metres underground, of reinforced concrete, and multi-storeyed. 'Between these layers, pipes would rise up, through the building above to provide access for ventilation.
'The lethal chemicals were stored in drums and the bunkers were air-conditioned. But there were also artillery shells and 122-millimetre rockets armed with chemicals.'
He says the sites had been built using foreign construction companies, including a company from China, and that nobody was allowed to approach without authorisation and extensive ID checks by the Special Republican Guard."


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