796. 8/15/1995

The head of Iraq’s weapons procurement program, Saddam’s son-in-law Hussein Kamel, defected to Jordan in August 1995 and “was fully debriefed by both the CIA and Britain’s MI6 [Secret Intelligence Service], and then by Rolf Ekeus, the head of UNSCOM [UN Special Commission on Iraq]. He provided a detailed account of Iraq’s weapons program, including hitherto hidden chemical weapons plants and front companies helping with Iraq’s weapons procurement and Saddam’s VX nerve agent program. His most startling revelation was that Saddam had been within three months of testing an atomic bomb at the start of Operation Desert Storm in January 1991.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Con Coughlin, Saddam: His Rise and Fall, Page 299

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