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  1. chris

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    Newsweek: Iraqi weapons were destroyed in 1995
    February 24, 2003, 15:00

    After the 1991 Gulf War, Iraq destroyed all its chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them, Saddam Hussein's son-in-law told intelligence agencies and United Nations inspectors in 1995, Newsweek magazine reported today.

    Hussein Kamel, who headed Iraq's nuclear, chemical, biological and missile programmes for 10 years, told his story to the CIA, British Military Intelligence and UN inspectors, the magazine reported.

    Kamel defected from Iraq, on his return he was killed. According to sources not named by the magazine, Kamel had "hoped his revelations would trigger Saddam's overthrow, but when he realised the United States would not support his dream of becoming Iraq's ruler, he decided to return."

    The United Nations kept the story quiet, the magazine said, "for two reasons. The inspectors hoped to bluff Saddam into disclosing more weapons, and Iraq has never shown the documentation to support Kamel's story."

    Despite the destruction of weapons and missiles, Kamel told his interrogators "Iraq had retained the design and engineering details of these weapons," Newsweek said.

    "Kamel talked of hidden blueprints, computer disks microfilms and even missile warhead molds," the magazine reported. Kamel told interrogators the technical material represented "the first step to return to production." - Reuters

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