From a press conference, just held…
WASHINGTON – A U.S. Army officer came forward Friday and said a team from the 3rd Infantry Division took about 200 tons of explosives from the Al-Qaqaa munitions base soon after Saddam Hussein’s regime fell last year.
Major Austin Pearson appeared at a Pentagon news conference to say it was his mission to go the facility and clear explosives from the base. He said he did not discover that the International Atomic Energy Agency had reported 377 tons of explosives were missing until Tuesday night and he said he promptly contacted military officials.If you couple the 194.7 metric tons of HMX with the 3 tons of RDX that that vanished (see this previous Wizbang post about the discrepancy of the RDX stocks from the 377 ton total) it sure sounds like the Major got all of the material in question.
Update: Jeff Goldstein’s is getting excited about the story – again.