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Media claim missile found in Iraq as possible WMD - but its not...

A Missile recently found buried in Iraq is not a WMD as some media feverishly imagine. Its an old land to ship Silkworm missile from the 1970's - 1980's. Such missiles would normally have an external rocket booster which is missing on this one. The missile is buried upside down and the curve by the tail of the missile is where the rocket booster would be located.

News media beatup below....

They have been searching in Iraq for the past nine years, 10 months and 15 days.

Today, the hard work finally paid off as soldiers found one of those elusive ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that Saddam Hussein was supposed to have been hiding.

So is it all round to Tony Blair's house for celebratory drinks?

Unfortunately the discovery came just a few days late for the former prime minister, who could have used the extraordinary find as proof he was right about Iraq all along during the Chilcot Inquiry. But from the looks of the rocket, it would appear unlikely it could be deployed anywhere in 45 minutes, let alone be fired at the UK, as a certain dossier led us to believe.

The bomb is thought to have been buried by Saddam Hussein's regime before the UK and U.S. invasion of Iraq started in 2003. Iraqi guards were as surprised as the rest of us to discover the 'missile' during an operation in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib suburb.

It is not yet known whether the seven-meter rocket is armed with a warhead.

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Silkworm missile - anti ship missile

The Silkworm gained fame in the 1980s when it was used by both sides in the Iran–Iraq War; both countries were supplied by China. During 1987, Iran fired a number of Silkworm missiles from the Al-Faw Peninsula vicinity striking the Liberian-flagged tanker Sungari and US flagged tanker Sea Isle City in October 1987[1] and 5 other missiles struck areas in Kuwait earlier in the year. In October 1987, Kuwait's Sea Island off shore oil terminal was hit by an Iranian Silkworm which was observed to have originated from the Al-Faw peninsula.

The attack prompted Kuwait to deploy a Hawk missile battery on Failaka Island to protect the terminal.[2] In December 1987, another Iranian Silkwormwas fired at the terminal, but it struck a decoy barge instead.[3] Prior to these attacks the missile's range was thought to be less than 80 kilometres (49.7 mi), but these attacks proved that the range exceeded 100 kilometres (62.1 mi) with Kuwaiti military observers seeing that the missiles originated from the area and tracking them on radar along with US satellite imagery of the launch sites.

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By netchicken: posted on 6-2-2010

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