Iraq Testimony Seen Confirming Lack of WMDs

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Byline: Guy Taylor, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to hear testimony today on another round of Iraq Survey Group findings, bolstering earlier reports that no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, a Bush administration official said.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Washington Times yesterday, said the findings "certainly will say they found no stockpiles" and will not clear up the mystery of what happened to the weapons touted by the Bush administration as a key reason for toppling Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

However, the official said the report will make clear that Saddam had "every intention" of restarting WMD programs in the event sanctions against Iraq were lifted.

The report was compiled by Charles A. Duelfer, special adviser to the director of central intelligence regarding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. He is expected to testify before the committee with U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Joseph J. McMenamin, who serves as commander to the Iraq Survey Group.

A spokesman for committee chairman Sen. John W. Warner said members were receiving the report late yesterday, but declined to comment on its contents.

Mr. Warner, Virginia Republican, is "looking forward" to receiving the testimony of Mr. Duelfer, who was named in January by then-CIA Director George J. Tenet to succeed David Kay as the chief weapons inspector in Iraq, Warner spokesman John Ullyot said.

"This was the work of the Iraq Survey Group continued under Duelfer as the successor to Kay, and he has had additional time to reach conclusions about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs," Mr. …