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Saddam Hussein and Other Insiders on Iraq's Covert Bioweapons Program
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View story [Image: OPCW inspectors at work. [Src:]] Iraq Faces Major Challenges in Destroying Its Legacy Chemical Weapons
Iraq joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in February 2009 and now faces major challenges destroying the chemical munitions it inherited from the Saddam Hussein regime.

  • Leading Iraqi Nuclear Scientist, Once Imprisoned, Elected to Prominent Post
    A review of Hussein Shahristani's career, his rise as Iraq's leading nuclear chemist, fall from grace by refusing Saddam Hussein a nuclear weapon, decade long imprisonment and escape, to becoming one of Iraq's most respected politicians.
    CNS Research Story by Sammy Salama and Cameron Hunter.
    Created: June 15, 2005

  • Possible Suspects and Motives for the Suicide Bombings In Iraq
    Suicide bombing attacks are becoming a weekly if not daily fixture in post-war Iraq. To date, there have been more than 40 suicide bombing attacks.
    Research Story of the Week by Sammy Salama.
    Created: March 30, 2004

  • In Post-War Iraq, Placating the Shi'a is Paramount
    Leading figures among the Iraqi Shi'a majority reject the plan to postpone transfer of Iraqi governance to a provisional government, and are demanding direct and open elections prior to the July 1st deadline.
    Research Story of the Week by Sammy Salama, Kathleen Thompson, and Jennifer Chalmers.
    Created: January 30, 2004

  • North Korean Cruise Missile Tests--and Iraqi Cruise Missile Attacks--Raise Troubling Questions for Missile Defenses
    "In the end, hedging against the cruise missile threat depends as much on developing more effective nonproliferation policies as it does on planning for more versatile missile defenses."
    Research Story of the Week by Dennis Gormley.
    Created: April 8, 2003

  • Turkey's Position in the Iraq Operation: Bridge or Barrier?
    "The underlying reason for Turkey's ambivalence is that it is caught between its political priorities and strategic relationship with the United States."
    A report by Sebnem Udum.
    Created: March 26, 2003

  • Just Following (Saddam Hussein's) Orders
    "Documents taken in Iraq after the first Persian Gulf war showed the extent to which Saddam Hussein hoped to have his soldiers and even civilians exploit prisoners of war, particularly downed pilots."
    An op-ed by Ibrahim al-Marashi for the New York Times.
    Created: March 25, 2003

  • Will Kirkuk's Oil Fields Burn?
    "It seems likely that any agreement between the Kurds and a post-Saddam government will hinge on the issue of Kirkuk. The question remains, 'what will be left of the Kirkuk oil fields after the war?'"
    Research Story of the Week by Ibrahim Al-Marashi.
    Week of March 21, 2003

  • Iraq Missile Profile: Scud Missile Preparation and Launch
    A profile by Tim McCarthy for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).
    Created: March 16, 2003

  • CNS Iraq Inspections Database
    Created: March 10, 2003

  • Disarming Iraq by Force: WMD Stakes and Scenarios
    While a U.S.-led war to disarm Iraq appears increasingly probable, anticipating the consequences of the coming conflict is not a simple matter. The stakes in the coming clash include a wide range of possible positive and negative consequences.
    Research Story of the Week by Michael Barletta.
    Week of March 7, 2003

  • The Al Samoud Missile
    A description and technical evaluation of the Al Samoud missile, by Dr. Robert Schmucker, Schmucker Technologie for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).
    Created: March 4, 2003

  • To Comply or Not to Comply: Outline of the UN Inspections Mechanism in Iraq
    Twelve years after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent U.S.-led Desert Storm operation, the United Nations continues to persevere in the process of disarming Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) through inspections and monitoring.
    An issue brief by Victor Mizin for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).
    Created: March 2003

  • Russia's Views On the Crisis in Iraq
    In the wake of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's U.N. address on February 5, 2003, it quickly became evident that his presentation did not have an immediate effect on Russia's position.
    Research Story of the Week by Michael Jasinski.
    Week of February 17, 2003

  • Dusty Agents and the Iraqi Chemical Weapons Arsenal
    The New York Times recently reported that, according to an Iraqi defector, Iraq has devised and produced a solid VX formulation that could be described as a "dusty" agent. The properties of this agent include the ability to adhere and penetrate gaps in chemical-protective garments.
    An issue brief by Eric Croddy for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).
    Created: October 2002

  • Biological Weapons Facilities
    The following maps and associated text provide locations and detailed descriptions of Iraq's biological weapon (BW) sites and facilities.
    By CNS staff for the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).
    Created: October 11, 2002

  • Saddam's Security and Intelligence Network
    "Iraq's security apparatus is the most important instrument of state control in Saddam's regime and has been fundamental in the preservation of his rule. "
    A report by Ibrahim Al-Marashi. It includes a chart outlining the Iraqi security apparatus.
    Created: September 30, 2002

  • Invade and Unleash?
    "Saddam Hussein might see his biological weapons as an asset to be used only if he is on the brink of destruction."
    An op-ed by William C. Potter for the Washington Post, September 22, 2002.

Older Articles

Special Reports on the War in Iraq
A collection of reports including:

Updated: April 9, 2003
Created: March 26, 2003

CNS Research on Iraq's WMD and Missile Programs

Developments in Iraq in Light of September 11: Washington D.C. Round Table
On January 17, 2002, the Monterey Institute Center for Nonproliferation Studies hosted one of a series of conference calls with U.S. and European experts to review the impacts of the events of September 11 on arms control and nonproliferation.

Articles on Iraq from The Nonproliferation Review

Future of UN disarmament activities in Iraq


International Reactions to Operation Desert Fox

Iraqi Procurement of Proscribed Weapons and Technologies

CNS Databases
CNS databases include abstracts of 24,000+ articles. A small subset is presented here; access to the full databases available through the Research Library of the Nuclear Threat Initiative web site.

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