- Title: IRAQ: U.N. ARMS INSPECTORS SWOOP ON A NEWLY DECLARED SITE NEAR BAGHDAD
- Date: 10th December 2002
- Summary: (W4) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (DECEMBER 11, 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. MV: INSPECTORS LEAVING U.N. HEADQUARTERS 0.06 (W4) KARAMAH SITE, TAJI, NORTH OF BAGHDAD, IRAQ (DECEMBER 11, 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 2. CU: U.N. FLAG (R-L) 0.10 3. VARIOUS OF U.N. VEHICLES ENTERING KARAMAH SITE, NEAR BAGHDAD (3 SHOTS) 0.32 4. SV: SIGN IN ARABIC READING: 'THE GENERAL AL-KARAMAH COMPANY, THE STATION OF STRATEGIC STORAGE' 0.35 5. MV: PICTURE OF PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN IN FRONT OF BUILDING 0.41 6. MV: PEOPLE WALKING IN FRONT OF SITE 0.45 7. LV/MV: U.N. VEHICLES WITH INSPECTORS INSIDE LEAVING SITE (2 SHOTS) 1.02 8. WIDE OF KAMIL SAEED, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF FATAH PLANT BELONGING TO AL-KARAMAH COMPANY WITH JOURNALISTS 1.06 9. SCU: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KAMIL SAEED, SAYING: "The site has already been declared. We have given everything to the Iraqi National Monitoring. The inspectors have inspected, according to what we had already declared. They checked, and found nothing." 1.20 10. VARIOUS OF EQUIPMENT AT THE COMPANY 1.25 11. SV/CU: WORKERS WORKING ON MACHINES (2 SHOTS) 1.37 12. SCU/CU: SMALL PARTS MANUFACTURED BY THE PLANT (2 SHOTS) 1.44 13. SV/SCU: WOMAN AND MAN WORKING ON A MACHINE (2 SHOTS) 1.50 (W4) AMRIYAH, IRAQ (DECEMBER 10, 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 14. MV: INSPECTORS ARRIVING AT SITE 1.54 15. SV: INSPECTORS AND IRAQI OFFICIALS WAITING BESIDE VEHICLES NEAR SITE 1.59 16. LV: EXTERIOR OF THE SITE 2.04 17. SLV: U.N. VEHICLE LEAVING 2.08 (W3) AL-QAEM, IRAQ (DECEMBER 10, 2002)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 18. SV: U.N. INSPECTORS IN U.N. VEHICLES DRIVING INTO THE STATE PHOSPHATE COMPANY (BOMBED BY COALITION AIRCRAFT DURING 1991 WAR AND BY U.S. PLANES IN 1998) 2.16 19. WS: BARRIER SWINGS ACROSS THE ROAD AFTER VEHICLES GO THROUGH 2.22 20. WIDE VIEW OF TWO CHIMNEYS, ONE CHIMNEY BELCHING SMOKE (2 SHOTS) 2.29 21. WIDE OF SOLDIERS LEAVING THE SITE, WALKING 2.34 22. WS:N SOLDIERS LEAVING THE SITE IN BUSES 2.38 23. VARIOUS DARK INTERIORS OF PLANT (3 SHOTS) 3.11 24. FADED SIGN ON WALL, PULL OUT TO GALLERY 3.18 25. WS: EXTERIOR OF SITE AT NIGHT 3.23 26. SCU: (SOUNDBITE) (English) ABDUL WADUD ABDUL SATAR, HEAD OF AL-QAEM FACILITY, SAYING: "Only we produce, only we produce the phosphate fertiliser." 3.28 27. CU: POSTER OF IRAQI PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN ON WALL 3.34 28. WS: CAR DRIVING AWAY FROM SITE, THROUGH MAIN GATE 3.36 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 25th December 2002 12:00
- Location: BAGHDAD, TAJI, AMRIYAH AND AL-QAEM; IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVADEG28K30F66S9QACO5938XK2Q
- Story Text: Inspections have resumed across Iraq, a day after the
United States threatened possible nuclear retaliation if its
forces or allies were attacked with doomsday weapons.
U.N. arms experts swooped on a newly declared site
near Baghdad on Wednesday (December 11), saying it was among
locations disclosed by Iraq in its mammoth weapons
Teams of inspectors, escorted by Iraqi officials, drove
from their Baghdad headquarters to five sites as their hunt
for Iraq's alleged banned arsenal picked up pace in its third
One team arrived at the Karamah complex in Taji, 10 km
(six miles) north of Baghdad.
The inspectors parked one of their white vehicles across
the main gate to block access while they were inside. Taji
houses complexes suspected of past involvement in Iraq's
biological warfare and ballistic missile programmes.
On December 2, weapons inspectors visited another Karamah
complex in the Wazireyah industrial district of Baghdad.
One of the cars in the U.N. convoy on Wednesday was
involved in an accident with a civilian Iraqi car a few
hundred metres (yards) from the Karamah compound. After the
driver of the Iraqi car protested, the U.N. car stayed behind.
Police later arrived.
U.N. experts checked four other locations: Ibn Sina
nuclear site in Tarmiya 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Baghdad,
Tuweitha nuclear site 20 km (12 miles) south of Baghdad, a
biological site at Amriyah 45 km (28 miles) to the southwest,
and Fateh chemical site on the city's outskirts.
Inspectors who had spent the night at a phosphate facility
at al-Qaem, 400 km (250 miles) northwest of Baghdad resumed
work on Wednesday.
Al-Qaem is the furthest the inspectors have travelled from
On Tuesday (December 10), 11 inspectors in
four-wheel-drive vehicles drove into the guarded facility,
which is run by the Ministry of Industry and Minerals,
accompanied by Iraqi officials.
The facility is known to have produced refined uranium
ore, or yellow cake, from 1984 to 1990. Ore was supplied to
the facility by Iraqi and foreign sources.
Western governments allege that Iraq could be capable of
producing a nuclear warhead for its missiles within two or
three years. Iraq denies it has any weapons of mass
Abdul Wadud Abdul Satar, the head of al-Qaem facility,
told reporters that the uranium production site had been
totally destroyed during the 1991 Gulf War and that only
phosphate fertiliser was produced there now.
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