David Kay, who was in charge of the US hunt for weapons of mass destruction, has said he does not think there were any stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons in Iraq.
He said: “I don’t think they existed. What everyone was talking about is stockpiles produced after the end of the last (1991) Gulf War and I don’t think there was a large-scale production programme in the ’90s.”
Kay said he believes most of what is going to be found in the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has already been found.
And he added that the hunt will become more difficult once the US turns over governing the country to the Iraqis.
Britain and the US went to war against Iraq last year citing a threat from Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction as the main reason.
No actual banned weapons have been found.