UK to help Iraq destroy WMD's

2012-07-31 07:56

Baghdad - Britain will help the Iraqi government dispose of what's left of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons, still stored in two bunkers in the north of Baghdad, the British embassy in Baghdad announced on Monday.

The British Defence Ministry will start training Iraqi technical and medical workers this year, an embassy statement said. The teams will work to safely destroy remnants of munitions and chemical warfare agents left over from Saddam's regime. He was overthrown in 2003 following an American-led invasion.

Saddam stored the chemical weapons near population centres so that he could access them quickly, despite the danger to his civilian population.

Most of Iraq's chemical weapons were destroyed by military forces in 1991 during the first Gulf War or by UN inspectors after the fighting. The inspections halted just before the invasion.

Iraq is a party to the UN Chemical Weapons Convention and must get rid of the remaining material, according to terms of the pact.

The head of the Iraqi National Authority, Mohammed Al Sharaa, said the remnants "represent a great challenge to the Iraqi experts to safely dispose". He called the agreement with British authorities "a good opportunity for Iraqi experts to benefit from the well-known expertise of UK experts".

British Ambassador to Iraq Simon Collis said Britain is glad to assist in what he called "this difficult and dangerous task".

  • CassandraXabata - 2012-07-31 10:16

    But all the anti-invasionists said there were no WMDs in Iraq.... How now brown cow?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-31 21:08

      In Patrick's distorted view, Saddam Hussein didn't gas to death tens of thousands of Iraqi Kurds and Iranians. This didn't happen. I strongly recommend that he not visit Kurdish Iraq, nor Iran, with these views. He will not be welcome there.

      CassandraXabata - 2012-07-31 21:22

      @Patrick Edwards. So the UK Embassy is talking rubbish, these people are training to sit in a circle and play kissing games? The head of the Iraqi National Authority, Mohammed Al Sharaa is condoning UK BS? Oh wait.... They are vindicating Bush, because he is running for president again. As Fred says, stay away from the ME. You might have things done to you.

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