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THE ISSUE OF WAR: INSPECTOR'S JUDGMENT; U.S. REPORT FINDS IRAQIS ELIMINATED ILLICIT ARMS IN 90's
By DOUGLAS JEHL (NYT) 1812 words
Late Edition - Final , Section A , Page 1 , Column 5
ABSTRACT - Report by top American weapons inspector Charles A Duelfer says Iraq, under pressure from United Nations, 'essentially destroyed' its illicit weapons stockpiles months after Persian Gulf war in 1991, and its ability to produce such weapons had significantly eroded by time of American invasion in 2003; says its last secret factory, biological weapons plant, was eliminated in 1996; says Saddam Hussein had in effect sacrificed Iraq's illicit weapons in effort to win end to UN sanctions; says he used period between 1991 and 2003 to try to exploit avenues opened by sanctions, especially oil-for-food program, to lay groundwork for plan to resume weapons production if sanctions were lifted; finds no evidence that Iraq tried to restart those programs; findings uphold Iraq's prewar insistence that it did not possess chemical or biological weapons; they also show enormous distance between Bush administration's own prewar assertions, based on reports by American intelligence agencies, and what Duelfer's 15-month inquiry found since war; photos; excerpts from report (L)
Correction: October 8, 2004, Friday
A picture caption yesterday with an article about the report on Iraq's prewar weapons programs misidentified one of three Democratic senators conferring in the Armed Services Committee room. He was Jack Reed of Rhode Island, not Harry Reid of Nevada.
Originally posted by NWguy83
N.Y. Times: Iraq Had WMD 'Stockpiles' in 2003
Sunday, March 13, 2005 10:17 a.m. EST
Wow, looks like anti-war people everywhere just got slapped in the face.
The kinds of machinery at the various sites included equipment that could be used to make missile parts, chemical weapons or centrifuges essential for enriching uranium for atom bombs. All of that "dual use" equipment also has peaceful applications - for example, a tool to make parts for a nuclear implosion device or for a powerful commercial jet turbine.
Mr. Hussein's rise to power in Iraq culminated in his military building not only deadly missiles but many unconventional arms. After the 1991 gulf war, international inspectors found that Baghdad was close to making an atom bomb and had succeeded in producing thousands of biological and chemical warheads.
Starting in 1991, the United Nations began destroying Iraq's unconventional arms and setting up a vast effort to monitor the country's industrial infrastructure to make sure that Baghdad lived up to its disarmament promises. The International Atomic Energy Agency, based in Vienna, was put in charge of nuclear sites, and Unmovic, based in New York, was given responsibility for chemical and biological plants as well as factories that made rockets and missiles.
Originally posted by cjf
The afore mentioned report contains much more information and confirms the dates prior to March 2003. Hussien was ridding himself of evidence through muliple means which included, among other possibilities...scrap dealers...
Representatives of the scrapyard company indicated that a number of similar engines (5 to 12) had been seen in the scrapyard in January and February of this year. More engines could have been processed and passed through the yard unnoticed. Company staff confirmed that other items made of stainless steel and other corrosion-resistant metal alloys bearing the inscription “Iraq” or “Baghdad” had been observed in shipments delivered from the Middle East since November 2003.
Originally posted by xmotex
NewsMax is a hardcore rightwing site like World Net Daily.
It was a bluff on Saddam's part, one that backfired spectacularly.