Drafts say no arms stockpiles in Iraq
Drafts of a report from the top U.S. inspector in Iraq conclude there were no weapons stockpiles, but say there are signs that fallen Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had dormant programs he hoped to revive at a later time, according to people familiar with the findings.
In a 1,500-page report, the head of the Iraq Survey Group, Charles Duelfer, will find Saddam was importing banned materials, working on unmanned aerial vehicles in violation of U.N. agreements and maintaining a dual-use industrial sector that could produce weapons.
Duelfer also says Iraq only had small research and development programs for chemical and biological weapons.
As Duelfer puts the finishing touches on his report, he concludes Saddam had intentions of restarting weapons programs at some point, after suspicion from the international community waned.
After a year and a half in Iraq, however, the United States has found no weapons of mass destruction - its chief argument for overthrowing the regime.
Friday, September 17
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Wow. NONE of us saw this coming. Saddam had no WMDs! How 'bout that. But the thought of getting 'em DID enter his mind. Especially while his country was being bombed to smithereens.
Posted by Howard Hoffman at 7:36 AM