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Dear List It seems that the US and UK government are still claiming that the 28 March bombing of Shu'ala marketplace, which is being reported as having killed 62 peope, could have been the result of malfunctioning Iraqi air defence equipment. (see, eg, Donald Rumsfeld's interview yesterday at: http://usinfo.state.gov/cgi-bin/washfile/display.pl?p=/products/washfile/latest&f=03033008.elt&t=/products/washfile/newsitem.shtml ). Shards from the fuselage of the missile were recovered by a local resident, and have been found contain a code number, MFR 96214 09. This was reported by Robert Fisk, "In Baghdad, blood and bandages for the innocent", 30 March 2003, at: http://argument.independent.co.uk/commentators/story.jsp?story=392161 : "the missile was guided by computers and that vital shard of fuselage was computer-coded. It can be easily verified and checked by the Americans - if they choose to do so. It reads: 30003-704ASB 7492. The letter "B" is scratched and could be an "H". This is believed to be the serial number. It is followed by a further code which arms manufacturers usually refer to as the weapon's "Lot" number. It reads: MFR 96214 09." An analysis has been sent to me that points out to me that "MFR" is code in defence contracts for "manufacturer". 96214 is a manufacturer identification number, a so-called "Cage Code". Cage codes can be checked on the site: http://www.gidm.dlis.dla.mil/bincs/begin_search.asp 96214 is the cage code for Raytheon Company, a Texas-based military supplier that manufactures parts for Tomahawk missiles. See for example their press release of 27 March 2003, "Raytheon Tactical Tomahawk Penetrator Variant Successfully Completes Inaugural Test Flight": http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/micro_stories.pl?ACCT=149999&TICK=RTN&STORY=/www/story/03-27-2003/0001915413&EDATE=Mar+27,+2003 There seem to be 4 possibilities: - that the shard did not come from the missile that hit Shu'ala marketplace. - that Robert Fisk is having us on. - that the Iraqis successfully smuggled a missile in from Texas which they then fired at the Baghdad market. - that the missile that hit Shu'ala market place was made in Texas and fired by US forces. I hope this helps clarify the relevant likelihoods. Best Glen. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk