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January 27, 2004

This sounds ominous. Anyone got any good intel?

Tacoma News Tribune January 27, 2004

Platoon Detects Radiation On Four Trucks

By Michael Gilbert, The News Tribune

The Stryker brigade's nuclear, chemical and biological reconnaissance platoon detected high levels of radiation on four trucks attempting to cross the Iraq-Turkey border, officials said Monday.

The trucks emitted radiation signatures of more than 100 centigrade per hour, which could be dangerous depending on how the measurement was taken.

Brigade officials said the platoon, from the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, was sent to the Habur Gate border crossing Monday after Turkish authorities called for U.S. military assistance. Officials said they had no information about why the Turks were suspicious of the vehicles.

Anybody have any experience in this arena? I know that scrapyards routinely come up with hotspots, many times from scrapping old medical equipment, so this could be as innocent as that - except that the Turks thought something was up with 'em.

Well, this will go one of three ways.

1. This is the end of the story.

2. It leads to something big and we score a coup.

3. Something BAD happens, and this little bit of info becomes obvious after the fact.

The trucks were quarantined on the Iraqi side of the border, brigade officials said. The platoon also was inspecting other vehicles and a nearby scrap metal yard, they said.

A team from Iraq Survey Group, the Pentagon organization searching Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, was expected to arrive at the scene in the next day or so, officials said.