trucks found in northern Iraq filled with laboratory equipment are
the strongest evidence yet that Saddam Hussein had a biological
weapons program, the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency said in
a May 28 report, The Associated Press reported.
actual prohibited weapons were found in the trucks, but intelligence
officials say the vehicles fit the description of a mobile biological
weapons laboratory received from an Iraqi source. That source, a
chemical engineer who claims to have managed one of the mobile labs,
identified photographs of the captured trailers, the new intelligence
the new report describes the trailers ''as the strongest evidence
to date that Iraq was hiding a biological warfare program,'' U.S.
officials have not reported finding any proof that Iraq had such
weapons ready for use.
report says the first truck was captured by Kurdish allies in late
April and turned over to U.S. forces. The second, though already
looted, was found by U.S. forces in early May at the al-Kindi Research,
Testing, Development and Engineering facility in Mosul.
of the trailers reveals that all of the equipment is permanently
installed and interconnected, creating an ingeniously simple, self-contained
bioprocessing system,'' the report says. ''The trailers probably
are part of a two- or possibly three-trailer unit. Both trailers
we have found probably are designed to produce (biological weapon)
agent in unconcentrated liquid slurry.''