Iraqi Fighter Jet Planes Found Buried Under Sand

On a tip from my in-laws.

Correlated by Snopes, Urban Legends and DefenseLink (news report from the latter):

Iraq Sand Buried Jet 1

Iraq Sand Buried Jet 2

Iraq Sand Buried Jet 3

Iraq Sand Buried Jet 4

Cold War-era MiG-25 Foxbat interceptors and Su-25 ground attack jets

American Forces Pull Hidden MiG fighters out of Iraqi Desert
By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2003 – American forces have found Russian fighter jets buried in the Iraqi desert, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in an Aug. 5 press briefing.

“We’d heard a great many things had been buried, but we had not known where they were, and we’d been operating in that immediate vicinity for weeks and weeks and weeks 12, 13 weeks, and didn’t know they were (there),” Rumsfeld said.

The secretary said he wasn’t sure how many such aircraft had been found, but noted, “It wasn’t one or two.”

He said it’s a “classic example” of the challenges the Iraqi Survey Group is facing in finding weapons of mass destruction in the country.

Something as big as an airplane that’s within a stone’s throw of where you’re functioning, and you don’t know it’s there because you don’t run around digging into everything on a discovery process,” Rumsfeld explained. “So until you find somebody who tells you where to look, or until nature clears some sand away and exposes something over time, we’re simply not going to know.

“But, as we all know,” he added, “the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”


If people can walk, drive and fly over two dozen shoddily and shallowly buried fighter jets, what more well hidden and protected WMDs?

Anyway, the Freeing of Iraq is going very smoothly, thank you not at all, Liberals and terrorist-lovers.

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20 Responses to “Iraqi Fighter Jet Planes Found Buried Under Sand”

  1. hutchrun Says:

    Between March and July 2003, Mr. Gaubatz was taken by these sources to four locations – three in and around Nasiriyah and one near the port of Umm Qasr, where he was shown underground concrete bunkers with the tunnels leading to them deliberately flooded. In each case, he was told the facilities contained stocks of biological and chemical weapons, along with missiles whose range exceeded that mandated under U.N. sanctions. But because the facilities were sealed off with concrete walls, in some cases up to 5 feet thick, he did not get inside. He filed reports with photographs, exact grid coordinates, and testimony from multiple sources. And then he waited for the Iraq Survey Group to come to the sites. But in all but one case, they never arrived.

  2. Edi神 Says:

    Kill them all….

  3. Raymond Says:

    Saddam Hussein moved his chemical weapons to Syria six weeks before the war started, Israel’s top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom says.

    The assertion comes as President Bush said yesterday that much of the intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was incorrect.

    The Israeli officer, Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon, asserted that Saddam spirited his chemical weapons out of the country on the eve of the war. “He transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria,” General Yaalon told The New York Sun over dinner in New York on Tuesday night. “No one went to Syria to find it.”

  4. Raymond Says:

    Finally, there are some definitive answers to the mystery of the missing WMD. Civilian volunteers, mostly retired intelligence officers belonging to the non-partisan, have been poring over the secret archives captured from Saddam Hussein. The inescapable conclusion is this: Saddam really did have WMD after all, but not in the way the Bush administration believed. A 9,000 word research paper with citations to each captured document has been posted online at, along with translations of the captured Iraqi documents, courtesy of Mr. Ryan Mauro and his friends.

    This Iraqi document research has been supplemented with satellite photographs and dozens of interviews, among them David Gaubatz who risked radiation exposure to locate Saddam’s underwater WMD warehouses , and John Shaw, whose brilliant detective work solved the puzzle of where the WMD went. Both have contributed substantially to solving one of the most difficult mysteries of our decade.

    The absolutists on either side of the WMD debate will be more than a bit chagrinned at these disclosures. The documents show a much more complex history than previously suspected. The “Bush lied, people died” chorus has insisted that Saddam had no WMD whatsoever after 1991 – and thus that WMD was no good reason for the war. The Neocon diehards insist that, as in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the treasure-trove is still out there somewhere, buried under the sand dunes of Iraq. Each side is more than a little bit wrong about Saddam’s WMD, and each side is only a little bit right about what happened to it.

    The gist of the new evidence is this: roughly one quarter of Saddam’s WMD was destroyed under UN pressure during the early to mid 1990’s. Saddam sold approximately another quarter of his weapons stockpile to his Arab neighbors during the mid to late 1990’s. The Russians insisted on removing another quarter in the last few months before the war. The last remaining WMD, the contents of Saddam’s nuclear weapons labs, were still inside Iraq on the day when the coalition forces arrived in 2003. His nuclear weapons equipment was hidden in enormous underwater warehouses beneath the Euphrates River. Saddam’s entire nuclear inventory was later stolen from these warehouses right out from under the Americans’ noses. The theft of the unguarded Iraqi nuclear stockpile is perhaps, the worst scandal of the war, suggesting a level of extreme incompetence and gross dereliction of duty that makes the Hurricane Katrina debacle look like a model of efficiency.

  5. Raymond Says:

    As a former Justice Department prosecutor, John Loftus once held some of the highest security clearances in the world, with special access to NATO Cosmic, CIA codeword, and Top Secret Nuclear files. As a private attorney, he works without charge to help hundreds of intelligence agents obtain lawful permission to declassify and publish the hidden secrets of our times. He is the author of four history books, three of which have been made into films, two were international best sellers, and one was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

  6. Raymond Says:

    Experts examining Saddam Hussein’s secret files have made numerous startling discoveries about the mystery of the “missing” WMDs. Today Frontpage Symposium has assembled a distinguished panel to discuss these documents and what they have revealed. Our guests are:

  7. Moberg Says:

    cool picsxx

  8. Achmad Says:

    Wmd Will Wmd des thing ofg dat infomational piece will be terminated.

  9. ReaperJezza Says:

    Abserlutely awesome pics. I am crazy about aviation and i understand the significance of such a high mobility weapon hidden behind enemy (or allied forces) lines. Again, awesome pics.

  10. ReaperJezza Says:

    What the hell is Achmad on?

  11. Achmad Says:

    I’m not on anything

  12. ReaperJezza Says:

    Yes u r

  13. Achmad Says:

    Ok then. Bye i’m leaving this site

  14. ReaperJezza Says:

    Aircraft r better than people that r downputting. Anyway…

  15. ReaperJezza Says:

    My favourite jet is the Europhighter Typoon-2000 but in the meantime MIGs will do the job.

  16. Aviation freakA380-800 Says:

    Dis pic is groovy dude! This will be so groovy my father Alvis will luv it. Abserlutely grooooooooooooooooooooooooovy man! Luv the groovy picks!

  17. Aviation freak787-9 Says:

    Common era please?!

  18. acidtestdja Says:


  19. Ahmed Elgendy Says:

    حسبي الله ونعم الوكيل فيكم

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