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Subject of Anthrax Inquiry Tied to Anti-Germ Training

Three years ago, the United States began a secret project to train Special Operations units to detect and disarm mobile germ factories of the sort that Iraq and some other countries were suspected of building, according to administration officials and experts in germ weaponry. The heart of the effort, these officials said, was a covert plan to construct a mobile germ plant, real in all its parts but never actually “plugged in” to make weapons. In the months before the war against Iraq, American commandos trained on this factory. The tale of the mobile unit provides a glimpse into one of the most secretive of military and intelligence worlds, that of germ warfare defense. But here, two stories intersect. The first involves this previously unknown aspect of the Iraq war. The second involves the investigation into who sent letters containing anthrax that killed five people in the United States in late 2001. Full Story

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