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Vol 40 No 2

Published 22nd January 1999


Political chemistry

A key reason why the United States bombed El Shifa factory on 20 August (AC Vol 39 No 17) was because of its links to Iraq, Africa Confidential has learned. US and British intelligence feared the pharmaceuticals plant was a secret route by which Iraq was circumventing United Nations sanctions to import raw materials and components for its biological warfare (BW) and chemical warfare (CW) programmes. Combined with reports of weapons manufacture/storage, this triggered the attack.

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