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Not a good news. Is this a new smear campaign of



December 8, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - Iraq is developing a
vaccine-resistant smallpox virus, a nerve gas that can
penetrate protective gear and may be just months away from
becoming a nuclear power.
Those are the disturbing highlights of numerous dossiers
compiled over the last decade by the CIA, British
intelligence services, former U.N. arms inspectors and
prominent arms-control think tanks that will be used in
the coming weeks to counter Iraq's defiant claim that it
no longer has weapons of mass destruction.

Yesterday's Iraqi declaration of its weapons programs,
mandated by the U.N. Security Council, will be analyzed
over the next few weeks.

But U.S. intelligence officials and other experts say
there is a mountain of evidence that Iraqi president
Saddam Hussein has ordered the secret development of
massive amounts of super-lethal poisons and bacterial
agents and has hidden them away in secret laboratories
underneath hospitals, mosques, ordinary homes and even
mobile vehicles disguised as milk trucks - most probably
in Iraq's Sunni heartland.

"There is absolutely no doubt that Iraq has a significant
weapons of mass destruction program," said David Kay, a
former chief weapons inspector. "If Iraq concludes in its
declaration that it has no weapons of mass destruction,
that is the least credible position it could take, and I
don't think there is any one of the permanent members of
the Security Council that will believe that."

Before Saddam expelled them in 1998, U.N. weapons
inspectors found evidence that Iraq was bulk-producing and
weaponizing huge amounts of biological agents.

U.S. intelligence officials say there is ample evidence
developed in the four years since the expulsion of the
weapons inspectors to support the conclusion that Saddam
has continued and even expanded his mass-destruction
weapons development.

Earlier this year, the CIA also discovered that Iraq has
tried to purchase one million doses of atropine from
Turkey, a drug used to counter the effects of VX nerve gas
- a development that led analysts to conclude that Iraq
could be preparing to protect its troops from "blowback,"
during possible upcoming battles with U.S. troops.

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