posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 08:45 AM
I do not yet by this in aay fashion, just what was in the trucks going to Lebanon?
By Dana Priest
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 26, 2005; Page A01
U.S. investigators hunting for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have found no evidence that such material was moved to Syria for safekeeping before
the war, according to a final report of the investigation released yesterday.
Although Syria helped Iraq evade U.N.-imposed sanctions by shipping military and other products across its borders, the investigators "found no
senior policy, program, or intelligence officials who admitted any direct knowledge of such movement of WMD." Because of the insular nature of Saddam
Hussein's government, however, the investigators were "unable to rule out unofficial movement of limited WMD-related materials."
The Iraq Survey Group's main findings -- that Hussein's Iraq did not possess chemical and biological weapons and had only aspirations for a nuclear
program -- were made public in October in an interim report covering nearly 1,000 pages. Yesterday's final report, published on the Government
Printing Office's Web site ( www.gpo.gov...
), incorporated those pages with minor editing and included 92 pages of addenda that tied up loose
ends on Syria and other topics.
U.S. officials have held out the possibility that Syria worked in tandem with Hussein's government to hide weapons before the U.S.-led invasion. The
survey group said it followed up on reports that a Syrian security officer had discussed collaboration with Iraq on weapons, but it was unable to
complete that investigation. But Iraqi officials whom the group was able to interview "uniformly denied any knowledge of residual WMD that could have
been secreted to Syria," the report said.
Report Finds No Evidence Syria Hid Iraqi Arms
[edit on 26-4-2005 by edsinger]