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  Iraq: Weapons of Mass Destruction
Iraq initially accepted inspectors from both UNSCOM and the IAEA, and these agencies subsequently discovered, documented and destroyed substantial elements of a large, advanced and lethal weapons of mass destruction program, a point I will return to shortly.
Iraq's announcement today that it is prepared to accept the immediate and unconditional return of weapons inspectors is a direct response to the strong stand taken by the international community, including, importantly and very significantly, Iraq's Arab neighbours.
An Iraq with the capability to menace the region with weapons of mass destruction would be destabilising and would have major economic consequences for the world and for Australia, given the vital role that secure supplies of Middle Eastern oil play in the global economy.
www.foreignminister.gov.au /speeches/2002/020917_fa_iraq_wmd.html   (3934 words)

 IRAQ: Weapons of Mass Destruction - Council on Foreign Relations
Iraq could probably pull together the funding, scientific expertise, technical equipment, and infrastructure needed to build a nuclear weapon, but it almost certainly lacks one key ingredient: enough fissile material, such as highly enriched uranium, necessary to spark a nuclear explosion.
Iraq has admitted that it produced 3,859 tons of chemical weapons in the 1980s, including mustard gas and lethal nerve agents such as sarin, tabun, and VX.
Iraq is also thought to have the precursor chemicals necessary to brew hundreds of tons more of mustard gas and nerve agents.
www.cfr.org /background/background_iraq_weapons.php   (1386 words)

 Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction: 24 Sep 2002: House of Commons debates (TheyWorkForYou.com)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Iraq was forbidden to use the revenue from its oil except for certain specified non-military purposes.
He has used these weapons in Iraq itself—thousands dying in those chemical weapons attacks—and in the Iran-Iraq war, started by him, in which 1 million people died; and his is a regime with no moderate elements to appeal to.
We have repeatedly supported Security Council resolutions against Iraq, we were a major component of the allied coalition during the Gulf war, and today British forces are still engaged in Iraq policing the no-fly zones to protect Kurds in the north of the country and Shi'ite Muslims in the south.
www.theyworkforyou.com /debates/?id=2002-09-24.1.0   (10140 words)

 News from the Washington File
Iraq's declared aim was to produce a missile warhead with a 20-kiloton yield and weapons designs were produced for the simplest implosion weapons.
Iraq also has its own engineering capability to design and construct biological agent associated fermenters, centrifuges, sprayer dryers and other equipment and is judged to be self-sufficient in the technology required to produce biological weapons.
Iraq admitted to producing 50 chemical warheads for al-Hussein which were intended for the delivery of a mixture of sarin and cyclosarin.
globalsecurity.org /wmd/library/news/iraq/2002/iraq-020924-usia01.htm   (14694 words)

 Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Between Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, and the commencement of military action in January 1991, then President George H.W. Bush raised the specter of the Iraqi pursuit of nuclear weapons as one justification for taking decisive action against Iraq.
The estimate concluded that Iraq continued its weapons of mass destruction programs despite U.N. resolutions and sanctions and that it was in possession of chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles with ranges exceeding U.N. imposed limits.
Iraq would probably attempt clandestine attacks in the United States if it feared an attack that threatened the survival of the regime were imminent or unavoidable, probably with biological agents, according to the NIE.
www.gwu.edu /~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB80   (7384 words)

 Cannot find Weapons of Mass Destruction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The weapons you are looking for are currently unavailable.
The country might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your weapons inspectors mandate.
Bush went to Iraq to look for Weapons of Mass Destruction and all he found was this lousy T-shirt.
www.coxar.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk   (219 words)

 Urban Legends Reference Pages: Politics (Words of Mass Destruction)
Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.
Nevertheless, Iraq does pose a serious threat to the stability of the Persian Gulf and we should organize an international coalition to eliminate his access to weapons of mass destruction.
Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to completely deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.
www.snopes.com /politics/war/wmdquotes.asp   (6322 words)

 Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Iraq has some lethal and incapacitating BW agents and is capable of quickly producing and weaponizing a variety of such agents, including anthrax, for delivery by bombs, missiles, aerial sprayers, and covert operatives, including potentially against the US Homeland.
Iraq's expanding international trade provides growing access to nuclear-related technology and materials and potential access to foreign nuclear expertise.  An increase in dual-use procurement activity in recent years may be supporting a reconstituted nuclear weapons program.
Iraq has not accounted for 15,000 artillery rockets that in the past were its preferred means for delivering nerve agents, nor has it accounted for about 550 artillery shells filled with mustard agent.
www.cia.gov /cia/reports/iraq_wmd/Iraq_Oct_2002.htm   (3146 words)

 Weapons of Mass Destruction and Iraq - Council on Foreign Relations
The main reason that the Bush administration gave for going to war against Iraq, as we should remember, was that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction [WMD] and links with the terrorists or the kind of terrorists who had carried out the 9/11 attacks against the United States.
There was a case clearly where Saddam at one point elected to have weapons of mass destruction and use them; at another point he elected not to; and at a future point, he may make another decision.
Iraq did not sign a treaty agreeing that it was going to control its arms; it lost a war.
www.cfr.org /publication.html?id=8157   (6908 words)

 CNS - Iraq - Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East
Until halted by Coalition air attacks and UNSCOM disarmament efforts, Iraq had an extensive nuclear weapon development program that began in 1972, involved 10,000 personnel, and had a multi-year budget totaling approximately $10 billion.
Precise assessment of a Iraq's capabilities is difficult because most weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs remain secret and cannot be verified independently.
Although inspections by UNSCOM and the IAEA's Iraq Action Team provided detailed information about past Iraqi programs, assessing Iraq's current capabilities is difficult due to its policies of denial and deception, and the departure of UNSCOM inspectors in November 1998.
cns.miis.edu /research/wmdme/iraq.htm   (1423 words)

 Iraq Special Weapons
Statement on the Interim Progress Report on the Activities of the Iraq Survey Group, presented by David Kay, October 2, 2003.
Iraqi Declaration on Weapons of Mass Destruction (Table of Contents), as submitted to the United Nations, December 7, 2002
Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Assessment of the British Government, September 24, 2002
fas.org /nuke/guide/iraq   (218 words)

 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
This January 2004 Carnegie report studies what the intelligence community understood about Iraq's nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs before the war and outlines policy reforms designed to improve threat assessments, deter transfer of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons to terrorists, and avoid politicization of the intelligence process.
The summary tables on Iraq's nuclear, biological, chemical and missile programs have been updated in 2004.
UPDATE: Review four summary tables on assessments of Iraq's WMD capabilities from the Carnegie report updated to include a concise version of inaccuracies documented by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
www.carnegieendowment.org /npp/iraqintell/home.cfm   (1807 words)

 Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction - The assessment of the British Government
Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction - The assessment of the British Government
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The UK government has released its dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
www.number-10.gov.uk /output/Page271.asp   (133 words)

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