Britain ‘knew of Iraq WMD doubts’

26/11/09

Britain learned in the days before the Iraq war that Saddam Hussein’s forces may not have had the capability to deploy chemical weapons, a civil servant has told an inquiry into the conflict. William Ehrman, the then director of international security for the UK foreign office, said on Wednesday that British intelligence was told Iraqi weapons may not have been assembled in the build-up to the conflict. “We were getting … some [intelligence] on chemical and biological weapons that it was dismantled and [Iraq] might not have the munitions to deliver it,” he said at the hearing in London. “There was also a suggestion that Iraq might lack warheads capable of effective dispersal of agents.”

See: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2009/11/20091125164926469666.html; raq inquiry – another whitewash?; Jacqueline Head; http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2009/11/20091124184939439955.html