Lebanese-born Joseph Shahda has translated a July 25, 2000 Iraqi intelligence document released by the U.S. Army Foreign Military Studies Office. The document refers to "one of our sources" who works for the "American Associated Press Agency."
Republic of Iraq
The Presidency of the Republic
The Intelligence Service
To: 5th / 4th / 13th Directorates
We were informed from one of our sources (the degree of trust in him is good) who works in the American Associated Press Agency that the agency broadcasted to through computer to its branches worldwide the following:
1. The new agency for inspecting the Iraqi weapons (UNMOVIC) started on
11/7/2000 a training program for 4 weeks which includes historical,
legal, administrative, and political subjects that are related to the
weapons inspection in Iraq.
2. The training include lectures
about the ballistic missiles and the biological and chemical weapons
and the import and export of weapons in addition to a session in
security arrangements prepared by the American government.
Hans Blix who head the new team mentioned that he will send a smaller
team to Iraq in late August 2000 and the inspections operations will
focus on choosing the locations that was under the control of the
4. The agency adds that Iraq prevented the
old committee from returning to Iraq and that high Iraq officials said
they will not accept new inspectors from the new committee but some
other left the possibility of negotiations open.
5. The agency
ends its article by saying that the sanctions against Iraq will not be
lifted unless Iraq cooperate with the new inspectors and after it is
decided that Iraq is free from weapons of mass destructions.
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