I've heard in various places - chief among them, Will Ferrell's 'You're Welcome America' - that Morocco contributed monkeys for bomb or land mine detonation in the 2003 Iraq War. Did this deal actually go through? If so, what role did these monkeys play in the war effort?
It appears that this claim originally appeared in al Usbu' al-Siyassi. e.g. Washington Post attributes it to them, but many others repeat the claim.
Was it true?
According to Arabic News:
We are still stuck with the question of who to believe: Can you believe the Arabic News over al Usbu' al-Siyassi? How about the Communication department of Morocco over LCI and UPI? Why did they need to issue a "clarification" rather than a "denial", or am I reading too much into the wording?
However, it seems unlikely that an actual deployment of 2,000 monkeys could go unnoticed by the press photographers, so I am inclined to believe the denials.
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