Baghdad, Iraq, Jul. 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday.Lets hope this one pans out as true.
The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered in trenches near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
"The three missiles were discovered by chance when the Iraqi security forces captured former Baath party official Khoder al-Douri who revealed during interrogation the location of the missiles saying they carried nuclear heads," the sources said.
They pointed out that the missiles were actually discovered in the trenches lying under six meters of concrete and designed in a way to unable sophisticated sensors from discovering nuclear radiation.
UPDATE: The Iraqi Interior Ministry is denying a report that nuclear warheads have been discovered in Tikrit, Reuters reports.
A senior U.S. military official told reporters he had no information on the report in the newspaper al-Sabah. He said officials were checking the report.While Saddam clearly never gave up his desire for nuclear weapons, no credible leads have indicated he had somehow obtained them. The pre-war worries centered mainly on chemical and biological weapons, as well as delivery systems. While many expressed concern that Saddam might be attempting to build up his nuclear program, we know today that he was much further from acheiving that goal than many feared.
Asked by Reuters about the report, a spokesman at the Interior Ministry said: "It's stupid."
Small numbers of chemical weapons have been found in Iraq.