Iraq Has More Advanced Biological Weapons Than in 1991

(Middle East Newsline) The U.S. has determined that Iraq's biological weapons arsenal is larger and more advanced than during the 1991 Gulf war. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community believes Iraq has improved the lethality of its BW arsenal, developing more advanced strains of lethal germs that can be weaponized in missile warheads, civilian aircraft, and artillery shells. Iraq is also deemed capable of producing dry toxins in a powder that easily floats in the air and can cover a wide area, spreading disease. The officials said they did not expect the UN to discover Iraq's BW laboratories or production centers since most, if not all, of the centers are mobile and concealed in civilian vans.

2002-12-19 00:00:00

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