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Saddam’s liaison with the UN inspectors, “Dr. Amir Al Sa’adi…was the first high-level Iraqi who surrendered to the allied troops [on April 16, 2003], after he learned that he was among the officials being looked for. As he gave himself up, he said to German television…’There are no weapons of mass destruction and time will bear me out.’ He did not say when they had been destroyed, but in discussions with me [then-chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix] and my colleagues he had always maintained that it had been the summer of 1991, after Hussein Kamel, the son-in-law of Saddam, had ordered it. This was, indeed, also what Kamel himself had said when he defected to Amman in 1995 and talked to Rolf Ekeus, who was then the head of the first inspection organization (UNSCOM). It is also what a number of other Iraqi scientists and military officers have been saying since the occupation began.”

 – Hans Blix, Disarming Iraq, Page 257

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