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Skeptic May Take Over Iraq Arms Hunt

Charles A. Duelfer, the former No. 2 United Nations weapons inspector for Iraq, is likely to be named soon to succeed David Kay as the leader of the American team searching in that country for evidence of illicit weapons, according to senior American officials. Mr. Duelfer recently expressed deep public skepticism that any chemical or biological weapons would be found in Iraq, and he has suggested that the task ahead for American inspectors may be understanding Iraq’s intentions on illicit weapons rather than any actual arsenal. For that reason, Mr. Duelfer’s choice could be disputed among those in the Bush administration who have stuck to the view that illicit weapons — cited by the administration as a principal reason for going to war — will eventually be discovered. Full Story

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