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Chemical and biological agents:

Quotations from JIC Assessments

Following a decision to do so,Iraq could produce significant quantities of mustard agent within weeks; significant quantities of the nerve agents sarin and VX within months (and

in the case of VX Iraq may already have done so). Production of sarin and VX would be heavily dependent on hidden stocks of precursors

[9 September]

Iraq could produce more biological agents within days. At the time of the Gulf War Iraq had developed the lethal BW agents anthrax, botulinum toxin and aflatoxin.

[9 September]

Iraq may have other toxins,chemical and biological agents that we do not know about; [9 September]

...

the

former

weapons

site

may

Habbaniyah provide the

chemical base for

producing ricin,although there is no evidence

that Iraq is currently doing so.

[15 March]

Iraq has developed for the military, fermentation systems which are capable of being mounted on road-trailers or rail cars.

These could produce BW agents.

[9 September]

Iraq has a variety of delivery means available for both chemical and biological weapons, some of which are very basic. These include free fall bombs,artillery shells,helicopter and aircraft borne sprayers and ballistic missile warheads. Although the exact numbers are unknown. Iraq is also continuing with the L-29 remotely piloted vehicle programme,which could have chemical and biological weapons delivery applications.

[15 March]

Quotations from the dossier

[Iraq has] the capability to produce the chemical agents mustard gas,ta bun,sarin, cyclosarin,and VX capab le of producing mass casualties.

[Chapter 3, paragraph 16]

Iraq has a biological agent production capability and can produce at least anthrax, botulinum toxin,aflatoxin and ricin.

[Chapter 3, paragraph 16]

[Iraq has] developed mobile laboratories for military use,corroborating earlier reports about the mobile production of biological

warfare agents.

[Executive Summary, paragraph 6]

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