Wednesday, January 12, 2005 - U.S. ends search for WMD in Iraq


"U.S. inspectors have ended their search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in recent weeks, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN...

Charles A. Duelfer, who headed the Iraq Survey Group's search for WMD in Iraq, has returned to Iraq and is working on his final report, the official said.

In October, Duelfer released a preliminary report finding that in March 2003 -- the United States invaded Iraq on March 19 of that year -- Saddam did not have any WMD stockpiles and had not started any program to produce them.

The Iraq Survey Group report said that Iraq's WMD program was essentially destroyed in 1991 and Saddam ended the country's nuclear program after the 1991 Gulf War."

From President George W. Bush on March 17, 2003:

"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."

Almost two years later, and still no WMD.

"The latest fatality [as of Tuesday] brings the number of American troops to die in Iraq to 1,361. Most have been killed in a guerrilla campaign that followed the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.


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