794. 8/15/1995

In August 1995, Saddam’s son-in-law, Hussein Kamil, the head of Iraq’s WMD programs, defected from the country. “As a result of the defection, the [UN WMD] inspectors came to learn about important Iraqi weapons activity that they had missed in their own inspections. In July 1995, UNSCOM [UN Special Commission on Iraq] reported, ‘Iraq, for the first time, acknowledged that it had had an offensive BW [biological weapons] programme but still denied any weaponization.’ The following month, however, after Hussein Kamil’s defection, ‘Iraq admitted that it had weaponized BW agents and deployed biological weapons for combat use.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Douglas Feith, War and Decision, Page 188

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