Iraq Had Secret Labs, Officer Says

(Los Angeles Times) - Bob Drogin Saddam Hussein's intelligence services set up a network of clandestine cells and small laboratories after 1996 with the goal of someday rebuilding illicit chemical and biological weapons, according to a former senior Iraqi intelligence officer who held the rank of brigadier general. He said they worked on computers and conducted crude experiments in bunkers and back rooms in safe houses around Baghdad, in order to be able to quickly develop weapons of mass destruction if UN sanctions against Iraq were lifted. "We could start again anytime," said the officer. "It's very easy. Especially biological." "The point was, the Iraqis kept the knowledge," he explained.

2003-06-10 00:00:00

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