The former second-in-command of the Iraqi Air Force, General Georges Sada, claims that Iraq’s WMD stockpiles were moved into Syria, by both air and ground. This transfer was overseen by “Chemical Ali,” Saddam’s dreaded cousin known for ordering the chemical weapons attack on the Kurds, and a cousin of Syrian President Assad who went by various names such as General Abu Ali, Abu Himma, and Zulhimawe.
Sada, also the author of “Saddam’s Secrets,” claims he met two pilots for Iraqi Airways in 2004 that said they transported the weapons. Under the guise of providing humanitarian aid to Syria after a dam collapsed in June 2002, Iraq used two commercial jets, a 747 and a 727, both converted into cargo jets, to carry the weapons. The pilots said the Iraqi Special Republican Guards loaded the WMD, which included yellow barrels with the skull-and-crossbones symbol.
There were two sorties per day and a total of 56 sorties took place into Damascus. A ground shipment also occurred, but no time frame was given for that.
So far, there has been no accurate criticism of Sada’s credibility.
Source:Stoll, Ira. “Iraq’s WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says,” New York Sun, January 26, 2006.