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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

6/12/2004

WMD's

Kate over at Shotgun posted:
A story you won't find on the CBC. (I'll admit I haven't checked).
UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD before war and after

The United Nations has determined that Saddam Hussein shipped weapons of mass destruction components as well as medium-range ballistic missiles before, during and after the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 2003.

The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission briefed the Security Council on new findings that could help trace the whereabouts of Saddam's missile and WMD program.

The briefing contained satellite photographs that demonstrated the speed with which Saddam dismantled his missile and WMD sites before and during the war. Council members were shown photographs of a ballistic missile site outside Baghdad in May 2003, and then saw a satellite image of the same location in February 2004, in which facilities had disappeared.
Now I have to admit that I have never seen the World Tribune as a reliable source. So I went looking. You can find the report of UNMOVIC here. Irritatingly in PDF.

What it dhows is that prohibited weapons were shipped out of Iraq and some have been found in scrapyards in Holland. This, along with the Sarin find, is gradually chipping away at the idea that Saddam did not have WMD's. But, as Kate points out, you have to seach hard to find any mention of it in the mainstream press.