Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction

March 2005
Congressional Digest;Mar2005, Vol. 84 Issue 3, p72
The article discusses Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Former Iraq's President Saddam Hussein wanted to end sanctions while preserving the capability to reconstitute his WMD when sanctions were lifted. Hussein aspired to develop a nuclear capability but he intended to focus on ballistic missile and tactical chemical warfare capabilities. Iraq Survey Group judges that events in the 1980s and early 1990s shaped Hussein's belief in the value of WMD. In Hussein's view, WMD helped to save the regime multiple times. The former regime had no formal written strategy or plan for the revival of weapons of mass destruction after sanctions.


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