In Middle East Wars It Pays to be Skeptical
Date Written: 23/04/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22232
In the context of Western air strikes on alleged Syrian biological weapons sites on 14 April, 2018, the history of the bombing of the Abu Ghraib baby milk factory in 1991 underscores the need for permanent scepticism towards claims by U.S. and Western governments that they know exactly what is happening on the ground in Syria.
Proof came slowly, long after public interest had waned. A Congressional report in 1993 on US intelligence successes and failures in the Gulf War revealed the shaky reasoning behind the US Air Force decision to bomb the site. It turned out that "mottled camouflage" had been used on the roofs of two known BW facilities. The report said: "at the same time, the same camouflage scheme was applied to the roof of the milk plant". This was enough for the US Air Force to list it as a target.