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"Curveball" Reaffirms Lying on Iraqi WMD

The Iraqi defector once known as "Curveball" has reaffirmed a prior admission that his assertions on prewar Iraq's WMD capabilities were fabrications aimed at toppling Saddam Hussein's regime, the London Independent reported on Sunday (see GSN, Feb. 17, 2011).

Rafid Ahmed Alwan's now-discredited charges that Iraq possessed mobile biological weapons laboratories and secret production sites were used by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell in making the argument for invasion to the U.N. Security Council (see GSN, June 18, 2008). No evidence of active WMD efforts has been found in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

"My main purpose was to topple the tyrant in Iraq because the longer this dictator remains in power, the more the Iraqi people will suffer from this regime's oppression," said Alwan, who spoke to the BBC for a documentary set to air on Monday.

Asked by the BBC if the military intervention in Iraq was based on his false statements, he said: "Yes" (Jonathan Owen, London Independent, April 1).

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