NewsMax.com has obtained exclusive photos of a buried
Iraqi jet fighter being recovered by U.S. Air Force troops.
The Iraqi jet, an advanced Russian MiG-25 Foxbat, was found
buried in the sand after an informant tipped off U.S. troops.
The MiG was dug out of a massive sand dune near the
Al Taqqadum airfield by U.S. Air Force recovery teams.
The MiG was reportedly one of over two dozen Iraqi
jets buried in the sand, like hidden treasure, waiting
to be recovered at a later date.
Contrary to what some in the major media have reported,
not all the jets found were from the Gulf War era.
The Russian-made MiG-25 Foxbat being recovered by U.S.
Air Force troops in the photos is an advanced reconnaissance
version never before seen in the West and is equipped with
sophisticated electronic warfare devices.
U.S. Air Force recovery teams had to use large earth-moving
equipment to uncover the MiG, which is over 70 feet long and
weighs nearly 25 tons.
The Foxbat is known to be one of Iraq's top jet fighters.
The advanced electronic reconnaissance version found by
the U.S. Air Force is currently in service with the Russian
Air Force. The MiG is capable of flying at speeds of over 2,000
miles an hour, or three times the speed of sound,
and at altitudes of over 75,000 feet.
The recovery of the advanced MiG fighter is considered
to be an intelligence coup by the U.S. Air Force. The Foxbat
may also be equipped with advanced Russian/French made
electronics that were sold to Iraq during the 1990s in
violation of a U.N. ban on arms sales to Baghdad.
The buried aircraft at Al Taqqadum were covered in camouflage
netting, sealed and, in many cases, had their wings removed
before being buried more than 10 feet beneath the Iraqi desert.
X Marks the Spot
The discovery of the buried Iraqi jet fighters illustrates the problem
faced by U.S. inspection teams searching Iraq for weapons of mass
destruction. Iraq is larger in size than California, and the massive
deserts south and west of Baghdad were used by Saddam Hussein
to hide weapons during the first Gulf war.
U.S. intelligence sources have already uncovered several mass grave
burial sites in the open deserts with an estimated 10,000 dead hidden
there. In addition, Iraq previously hid SCUD missiles, chemical weapons
and biological warheads by burying them under the desert sand.
U.N. inspection teams found the weapons in the early 1990s after
detailed information of the exact locations was obtained.
Top U.S. weapons inspector Dr. David Kay is known to favor human
intelligence as the primary means to find Iraq's hidden treasure trove
of weapons and secrets.
While there are rumors of Iraqi chemical and biological weapons being
shipped to nearby Syria, the weapons may very well still remain inside
Iraq buried under the vast desert wastelands.
Some critics of the Bush administration have claimed that the inability
of U.S. forces to uncover weapons of mass destruction is proof that
the President misled the nation into the war with Iraq.
However, in recent days the critics have fallen silent as word quietly
leaked from Iraq that major discoveries have already been made and
are now being documented completely.
Bush administration officials are keeping any such discoveries
secret for the moment...!!