|No WMD between Kuwait and |
Baghdad, as far as US army is
Talking to reporters at al-Hillah, Lieutenant General James Conway, the commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said: “It is not for lack of trying. We've been in virtually every ammunition supply point between the Kuwaiti border and Baghdad. But they are simply not there.”
He concluded that the military’s best guesses that led to war “were simply wrong”.
Conway’s comments were made at the same time as US President George Bush expressed an alternative view.
"We've discovered a weapons system - biological labs that Iraq denied she had and labs that were prohibited under the UN resolutions”, Bush said at a press conference after a meeting with the Russian president.
It is unclear which biological labs the president was referring to.
On Saturday, US and British reports suggested that US Secretary of State Colin Powell had expressed concerns about evidence on Iraq's weapons which he had delivered to the United Nations shortly before the war.
The US House of Representatives' Select Committee on Intelligence has demanded explanations from CIA chief George Tenet to determine whether there was any political manipulation of the facts.
Last Friday, Washington announced a major expansion of so-far fruitless efforts to find chemical and biological arms in Iraq, forming a team of 1,400 US, British and Australian experts to take up the hunt.