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Inspectors Find No Proof Iraq Hid Weapons in Syria (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 09:17 AM
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According to the report form the 1,700-member Iraq Survey Team who were responAccording to the final report form the 1,700-member Iraq Survey Team who were responsible for investigating Iraq for WMD's, there is no evidence that Iraq hid weapons in Syria. After the survey team was unable to turn up any WMD's in Iraq, it was then that US officials said there is a possibility Sadam sent the weapons to Syria for safekeeping.
 



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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led group that scoured Iraq for weapons of mass destruction has found no evidence Iraq hid such weapons in Syria before the U.S. invasion in March 2003, according to a final report on the investigation.
The 1,700-member Iraq Survey Team, responsible for the weapons hunt, also said in a report released late on Monday it found no Iraqi officials with direct knowledge of a transfer of weapons of mass destruction developed by former President Saddam Hussein.

President Bush and other U.S. officials cited a grave threat posed by Iraq's chemical and biological weapons and Baghdad's efforts to acquire a nuclear arms capability as a justification for war. No such weapons were found but U.S. officials said it was possible Saddam sent them to Syria for safekeeping.

The report is the final addendum to the investigators' September report that concluded prewar Iraq had no WMD stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons and that its nuclear program had decayed before the U.S.-led invasion.




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The report also indicated that the survey team could find "no direct knowledge of a transfer of weapons of mass destruction developed by former President Saddam Hussein." According to the report posted on the CIA website, "it is unlikely that an official transfer of WMD material from Iraq to Syria took place. However ISG was unable to rule out unofficial movement of limited WMD-related materials."


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