Prior to the release of the 28 May 2004 IAEA report, this facility was not previously associated with Libya's nuclear weapons program in the open literature. It is unclear whether the US intelligence community had associated this facility with Libya's nuclear ambitions prior to the year 2003, when Libya decided to abandon the weapons program.
The new site for the Uranium Conversion Facility, at Salah Eddin, was termed Site D by the IAEA.
In its December 2003 "time line", Libya indicated that in 1984 it had ordered from a Far Eastern country [Japan], a modular uranium conversion facility (UCF), built to Libyan specifications. It further declared that the modules began to arrive in Libya in 1986, and were stored at various locations around Tripoli. In 1998 most of the modules were moved to Al Khalla (Site C), a suburb of Tripoli, and assembled. Some cold testing (i.e. not using uranium) was carried out in early 2002. For reasons of security and secrecy, Libya decided to move the modules to Salah Eddin (Site D), another suburb of Tripoli, and that is where they were first viewed by Agency inspectors in December 2003.
Salaheddin (Saladin) Al-Ayyubi is perhaps the most famous of all medieval Muslim rulers. Renowned as a victorious general, he is a popular figure throughout the Arab world even today. He is the hero of the Muslim Counter-Crusades, which defeated the Frankish enemies of Islam and reconquered Jerusalem.
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