UN Speech

UN Speech

In an attempt to garner international support, Secretary of State Colin Powell delivers a passionate speech to the United Nations,  in which he declares that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and desires to produce nuclear weapons. Powell states that al-Qaida “continues to have a deep interest in acquiring weapons of mass destruction. As with the story of Zarqawi [Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist leader later killed in a U.S. bombing attack] and his network, I can trace the story of a senior terrorist operative telling how Iraq provided training in these weapons” to al-Qaida.14 Many of Powell’s claims rely heavily on statements made by Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, an al-Qaida operative captured by American forces. A year earlier, however, a Defense Intelligence Agency report declared that it was probable that al-Libi “was intentionally misleading the debriefers.”15 Powell also described mobile chemical weapons labs, basing his description on accounts from a CIA informant, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, known until recently only by the code name “Curveball.” Eight years later, al-Janabi admits to the Guardian and in a “60 Minutes” interview that he fabricated his story.16

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