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Iraqi defectors' reports on WMD were embellished, says exile

Reports by Iraqi defectors on weapons of mass destruction were embellished to make Saddam Hussein a more attractive target for the United States, an Iraqi exile told The New York Times. Speaking ahead of the release Friday of a US Senate report castigating the CIA for faulty intelligence on Iraq, Muhammad al-Zubaidi said the defectors’ accounts were beefed up by members of the Iraqi National congress led by Ahmed Chalabi. “They intentionally exaggerated all the information so they would drag the United States into war,” Zubaidi, an ex-INC member who split with the group in April 2003 and is now exiled in Lebanon, told the daily in an interview. Full Story

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