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US intelligence about Iraq WMD 'faulty'
January 29, 2004 10:42 IST
The man America assigned to unearth weapons of mass destruction in Iraq says US intelligence about Saddam Hussein's suspected WMD was flawed.
But David Kay, the chief weapons inspector who resigned from office on January 23, told US Congress on Wednesday that the information was not distorted.
There was no evidence of nuclear weapons either, he added.
Kay added his team had 'no evidence' that Saddam Hussein had links with Al Qaeda.
Kay felt US intelligence agencies did not understand that Hussein was creating an impression about an arsenal of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons to bolster his image as a modern-day Saladin in the Arab world, long suspicious about his intentions and his secular credentials.
Wary that Saddam could use those ultimately illusory weapons against Israel, the US and its allies like Britain struck back last year, destroying his Baathist regime.