Sources: Special Forces train to seize Iraqi weapons sites
From Barbara Starr
Friday, October 18, 2002 Posted: 8:49 PM EDT (0049 GMT)
U.S. Special Forces training in Jordan for possible military action against Iraq.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Special Forces are already training in the Middle East for possible covert missions to undercut Iraq's potential to use weapons of mass destruction in the opening hours of any military action, CNN has learned.
About 1,500 Special Forces troops are training in Jordan. Should the United States take military action against Iraq, sources said Friday, commandos would be inserted behind enemy lines to attempt to seize Iraq's suspected chemical, biological and nuclear weapons sites.
A senior official told CNN that U.S. forces would "take every kind of potential action against Iraq's weapons of mass destruction."
One of the most crucial missions for the U.S. forces would be to destroy the dozens of SCUD missiles that the United States believes Iraq may be hiding. During the Gulf War a decade ago, Iraq launched more than three dozen SCUDs, aiming at targets in Israel and Saudi Arabia.