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Bush launches Iraq WMD commission

The US president has named a panel to probe pre-war intelligence failures over Iraq, where no weapons of mass destruction have been found. The commission will be co-chaired by a Republican and a Democrat and includes maverick Senator John McCain. It will also look at what the US knew about weapons programmes in North Korea, Iran and Libya. The commission is to submit its report by 31 March 2005 – well after the November US presidential election. The commission will “look at America’s intelligence capabilities, especially our intelligence about weapons of mass destruction,” the US president said in a brief statement at the White House. The main argument used by Britain and the US for invading Iraq last March was the perceived threat from weapons of mass destruction. But no such weapons have yet been found, despite efforts by the Iraq Survey Group formerly led by David Kay. Full Story

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