US closes book on Iraq WMD hunt




 
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Boots
 
April 26th, 2005  
SwordFish_13
 
 

Topic: US closes book on Iraq WMD hunt


Hi,

Quote:
Source:BBC News

Tuesday, 26 April, 2005

The US chief weapons inspector, Charles Duelfer, has said inquiries into weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have "gone as far as feasible".

Mr Duelfer also said an official transfer of WMDs to Syria ahead of the Iraq war was not likely.

The CIA adviser reported last year that neither expected stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons, nor evidence of recent production had been found.

However, he did say Saddam Hussein had wanted to restart WMD programmes.

Terror risk

"After more than 18 months, the WMD investigation and debriefing of the WMD-related detainees has been exhausted," Mr Duelfer, head of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), wrote in a 92-page addendum to the report issued in October.


IRAQ SURVEY GROUP Set up in May 2003
First leader, David Kay, quit in Jan 2004 stating WMD would not be found in Iraq

New head, Charles Duelfer appointed by CIA

1,200 experts from the US, Britain and Australia HQ in Washington, offices in Baghdad and Qatar

However, Mr Duelfer warned that Iraq's original weapons programme had created a pool of experts whose skills could be sought by other countries or terrorist groups, and that while this risk was presently very small, it should not be ignored.

"The use of a single even an ineffectual chemical weapon would likely cause more terror than deadlier conventional explosives," the supplementary report warned.

Mr Duelfer said that while the ISG believed that it was unlikely that WMD material had been officially moved to Syria in the run up to the war, it was "unable to rule out unofficial movement of limited WMD-related materials".

The US and Britain used allegations that Iraq possessed WMDs as the primary justification for invading Iraq in 2003.
Peace
April 30th, 2005  
Young Winston
 
 
May 1st, 2005  
behemoth79
 
 

Topic: Re: US closes book on Iraq WMD hunt


Quote:
Originally Posted by SwordFish_13
Hi,

Quote:
Source:BBC News

Tuesday, 26 April, 2005

The US chief weapons inspector, Charles Duelfer, has said inquiries into weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have "gone as far as feasible".

Mr Duelfer also said an official transfer of WMDs to Syria ahead of the Iraq war was not likely.

The CIA adviser reported last year that neither expected stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons, nor evidence of recent production had been found.

However, he did say Saddam Hussein had wanted to restart WMD programmes.

Terror risk

"After more than 18 months, the WMD investigation and debriefing of the WMD-related detainees has been exhausted," Mr Duelfer, head of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG), wrote in a 92-page addendum to the report issued in October.


IRAQ SURVEY GROUP Set up in May 2003
First leader, David Kay, quit in Jan 2004 stating WMD would not be found in Iraq

New head, Charles Duelfer appointed by CIA

1,200 experts from the US, Britain and Australia HQ in Washington, offices in Baghdad and Qatar

However, Mr Duelfer warned that Iraq's original weapons programme had created a pool of experts whose skills could be sought by other countries or terrorist groups, and that while this risk was presently very small, it should not be ignored.

"The use of a single even an ineffectual chemical weapon would likely cause more terror than deadlier conventional explosives," the supplementary report warned.

Mr Duelfer said that while the ISG believed that it was unlikely that WMD material had been officially moved to Syria in the run up to the war, it was "unable to rule out unofficial movement of limited WMD-related materials".

The US and Britain used allegations that Iraq possessed WMDs as the primary justification for invading Iraq in 2003.
Peace
doesnt this sound a whole lot like the govt is saying, "umm ya the wmds werent there but its a good thing we came in because they were gonna start it soon"?
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Boots
May 7th, 2005  
Jack_Mordino
 
 
Strange this interesting topic got so few replies up to now.

This must go as one of history's biggest frauds. If I remember correctly, Hussein allowed UN inspectors to search for WMD's extensively through the whole of Iraq prior to the war and they found nothing. Not sure about that, anyone want to comment?
May 7th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack_Mordino
Strange this interesting topic got so few replies up to now.

This must go as one of history's biggest frauds. If I remember correctly, Hussein allowed UN inspectors to search for WMD's extensively through the whole of Iraq prior to the war and they found nothing. Not sure about that, anyone want to comment?
Yeah thats why the UN passed those resolutions against Iraq WHEN HE DENIED THE INSPECTION TEAMS ACESS to alot of the sites. But then this has been batted around here before ad nausem.
May 7th, 2005  
MontyB
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack_Mordino
Strange this interesting topic got so few replies up to now.

This must go as one of history's biggest frauds. If I remember correctly, Hussein allowed UN inspectors to search for WMD's extensively through the whole of Iraq prior to the war and they found nothing. Not sure about that, anyone want to comment?
I don't know about finding nothing I seem to recall Hans Blix saying they would need another 6 months to complete the job properly and that Iraq was more forthcoming now than previously but certainly he didnt discount finding them.
May 7th, 2005  
gladius
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack_Mordino
Strange this interesting topic got so few replies up to now.
What I find strange is the left's willingness to focus on this subject while virtually ignoring the mass graves of an estimated 400,000 murdered by Saddam, not to mention the torture brought about by that regime.

Not to mention as 03USMC said, this WMD subject has this has been batted around here before ad nausem.
May 7th, 2005  
Desert_Eagle
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by gladius
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack_Mordino
Strange this interesting topic got so few replies up to now.
What I find strange is the left's willingness to focus on this subject while virtually ignoring the mass graves of an estimated 400,000 murdered by Saddam, not to mention the torture brought about by that regime.

Not to mention as 03USMC said, this WMD subject has this has been batted around here before ad nausem.
And in 10 years he could have moved, sold, or destroyed weapons and evidence.
May 7th, 2005  
Shadowalker
 
 
If he had moved, sold or destroyed the weapons then the case for the war that US/UK have would of gone with them, as the governments claimed the weapons were there and ready to be used.
May 8th, 2005  
MontyB
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by gladius
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jack_Mordino
Strange this interesting topic got so few replies up to now.
What I find strange is the left's willingness to focus on this subject while virtually ignoring the mass graves of an estimated 400,000 murdered by Saddam, not to mention the torture brought about by that regime.

Not to mention as 03USMC said, this WMD subject has this has been batted around here before ad nausem.
Whats even stranger is the "rights" desire to ignore that it was the "primary" reason for the war.