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Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the Dci on Iraq's Wmd

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Title: Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the Dci on Iraq's Wmd  
Author: Central Intelegence Agent
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, CIA research reports, National security.
Collections: CIA Documents Collection
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Publisher: Central Intelegence Agent


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Excerpt: Key Findings Since the early 1970s, Iraq has consistently sought to acquire an effective long-range weapons delivery capability, and by 1991 Baghdad had purchased the missiles and infrastructure that would form the basis for nearly all of its future missile system developments. The Soviet Union was a key supplier of missile hardware and provided 819 Scud-B missiles and ground support equipment. Iraq?s experiences with long-range delivery systems in the Iran/Iraq war were a vital lesson to Iraqi President Saddam Husayn. The successful Iraqi response to the Iranian long-range bombardment of Baghdad, leading to the War of the Cities, probably saved Saddam. By 1991, Iraq had successfully demonstrated its ability to modify some of its delivery systems to increase their range and to develop WMD dissemination options, with the Al Husayn being a fi rst step in this direction. The next few years of learning and experiments confirmed that the Regime?s goal was for an effective long-range WMD delivery capability and demonstrated the resourcefulness of Iraq?s scientists and technicians. Iraq failed in its efforts to acquire longer-range delivery systems to replace inventory exhausted in the Iran/Iraq war. This was a forcing function that drove Iraq to develop indigenous delivery system production capabilities.

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Table of Contents: Key Findings, 1 -- Evolution of Iraq?s Delivery Systems, 3 -- The Regime Strategy and WMD Timeline, 3 -- Ambition (1980-91), 3 -- Decline (1991-96), 4 -- Recovery (1996-98), 5 -- Miscalculation (2002-2003), 7 -- Resolving the Retained Scud-Variant Missile Question, 9 -- Liquid-Propellant Missile Developments, 9 -- Al Samud II, 10 -- Al Samud Warhead, 14 -- Al Samud II Warhead, 16 -- Solid-Propellant Missile Developments, 17 -- Al Fat?h Missile Program, 17 -- Background, 17 -- General Characteristics, 18 -- Propulsion, 18 -- Guidance and Control, 19 -- Warhead, 21 -- Testing, 25 -- Material Balance, 25 -- Conclusions, 28 -- Al ?Ubur Missile Program, 28 -- Background, 28 -- Propulsion, 29 -- Guidance and Control, 29 -- Warhead, 30 -- Testing, 30 -- Conclusions, 30 -- Other Composite Solid-Propellant Systems, 30 -- Long-Range Ballistic Missile Projects, 31 -- Clustering SA-2/Volga Engines Designs, 31 -- SA-2 Conversions to Surface-to-Surface Missiles, 35 -- Large-Diameter Solid-Propellant Missile Project, 35 -- Program Development, 35


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