Thursday, June 22, 2006

Iraq - Hundreds of pre-1991 WMDs Found

As this Fox News report points out "This does not reflect a capacity that was built up after 1991," the official said, adding the munitions "are not the WMDs this country and the rest of the world believed Iraq had, and not the WMDs for which this country went to war."

Those WMD's are believed to have been sent to Syria.

The report continues.

The weapons are thought to be manufactured before 1991 so they would not be proof of an ongoing WMD program in the 1990s. But they do show that Saddam Hussein was lying when he said all weapons had been destroyed, and it shows that years of on-again, off-again weapons inspections did not uncover these munitions.

So, how many have been found so far?

Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."

Glenn has a huge roundup with lots of links on this story. He also notes this is but a fragment of the classified document and the Senators are calling for more to be declassified.

More information here.


Here's a Fox News show discussing the recenlty declassified memo.


CQ has more with tons of links.

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