Oct 272004
 

White House officials have suggested the 380 tons of powerful explosives missing from the Al Qaqaa complex in Iraq may have disappeared while Saddam Hussein still controlled the country, saying a brigade of American soldiers did not find the explosives when they visited the complex the day after Baghdad fell. But the New York Times reports the unit’s commander said "his troops had not searched the site and had merely stopped there overnight." The commander, Col. Joseph Anderson, said he did not learn until this week that the site, Al Qaqaa, was considered sensitive. "We happened to stumble on it,” he said. "I didn’t know what the place was supposed to be. We did not get involved in any of the bunkers."

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