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US WMD team disbanded
    #2230278 - 01/09/04 04:31 AM (14 years, 14 days ago)

All that blustering David Kay did too  :rolleyes:

US disbands Iraq team looking for battle weapons 

Julian Borger in Washington and Luke Harding in Baghdad
Friday January 9, 2004
The Guardian

The Pentagon has pulled out the 400-strong military team which was searching Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, but US officers insisted yesterday that the hunt would go on.
The disbanded multinational team was known as the Joint Captured Materiel Exploitation Group (JCMEG) and its job, according to a Pentagon official who confirmed its withdrawal, had been to "scavenge the battlefield for military equipment".

It was an important element of the CIA-led Iraq Survey Group (ISG), which has spent seven months hunting for the arsenal that was the justification for the invasion.

Over the past few months the ISG has been stripped of translators, special forces troops and other specialists.

The continuing questions about the justification of the Iraq war are President George Bush's principal weakness as he faces re-election in November against the backdrop of a steadily rising death toll of US troops there.

Yesterday nine soldiers were killed when a US Black Hawk crashed near the town of Falluja. It was not initially clear whether it had been shot down, but Falluja is a stronghold of Sunni resistance.

The ISG, according to some weapons experts in Washington, has been reduced to a remnant of a few hundred specialists from its peak strength of 1,400.

Its leader, David Kay, is said to be on the point of resignation. A colleague in Washington said: "His family is worried about his safety and he is disenchanted, both by the failure to find weapons he was sure were there and because his team has been cut in half."

Joseph Cirincione, chief proliferation expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), said: "This is a body blow to the ISG. It has got to be demoralising to see your workforce cut in half. And it's an indication that at senior levels there is a realisation that it's over."

The CEIP produced a report on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq yesterday, co-authored by Mr Cirincione, comparing prewar claims by US officials and postwar findings that concluded that the administration had "systematically misrepresented" the Iraqi threat.


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Re: US WMD team disbanded [Re: Xlea321]
    #2231183 - 01/09/04 03:22 PM (14 years, 14 days ago)

Hmm, they forgot to check the end of the rainbow... :lol:

"Know your Body - Know your Mind - Know your Substance - Know your Source.

Lest we forget. "

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Re: US WMD team disbanded [Re: Azmodeus]
    #2232715 - 01/10/04 04:48 AM (14 years, 13 days ago)

But, as luv would say, can you PROVE WMD arn't at the end of the rainbow?  :laugh:

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