Nukes found in Iraq? U.S. says no

By WND Staff

U.S. and Iraqi officials are denying a newspaper report claiming nuclear weapons have been found near Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.

The Iraqi daily Al-Sabah reported three missiles armed with nuclear warheads were found in a concrete trench.

“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,” anonymous political sources told the paper, according to United Press International.

The weapons were said to be lying under six meters of concrete to prevent high-tech sensors from discovering nuclear radiation.

“Nothing’s been found,” Master Sgt. Robert Cowens, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division, based in Tikrit, told UPI. “The report is not factual.”

Asked by Reuters about the report, a spokesman at Iraq’s interior ministry said: “It’s stupid.”

Reuters says the report did have an impact in the financial sector, as it pushed the U.S. dollar higher against other major currencies on the foreign exchanges.