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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
  I don't know how much credence to give this report, until the US is able to actually survey the Bekka Valley
Report Finds No Evidence Syria Hid Iraqi Arms: "U.S. officials have held out the possibility that Syria worked in tandem with Hussein's government to hide weapons before the U.S.-led invasion. The survey group said it followed up on reports that a Syrian security officer had discussed collaboration with Iraq on weapons, but it was unable to complete that investigation. But Iraqi officials whom the group was able to interview 'uniformly denied any knowledge of residual WMD that could have been secreted to Syria,' the report said.

The report, which refuted many of the administration's principal arguments for going to war in Iraq, marked the official end of a two-year weapons hunt led most recently by former U.N. weapons inspector Charles A. Duelfer. The team found that the 1991 Persian Gulf War and subsequent U.N. sanctions had destroyed Iraq's illicit weapons capabilities and that, for the most part, Hussein had not tried to rebuild them. Iraq's ability to produce nuclear arms, which the administration asserted was a grave and gathering threat that required an immediate military response, had 'progressively decayed' since 1991. Investigators found no evidence of 'concerted efforts to restart the program.'

Administration officials have emphasized that, while the survey group uncovered no banned arms, it concluded that Hussein had not given up the goal of someday acquiring them.

Hussein 'retained the intent and capability and he intended to resume full-scale WMD efforts once the U.N. sanctions were lifted,' Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said yesterday. 'Duelfer provides plenty of rationale for why this country went to war in Iraq.'"
 
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