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Saddam Hussein ville for all del ikke avsløre for Iran at han ikke lenger hadde WMD, og valgte derfor å bløffe. Det skaffet ham FN og USA på nakken.

Saddam Hussein believed Iran was a significant threat to Iraq and left open the possibility that he had weapons of mass destruction rather than appear vulnerable, according to declassified FBI documents on interrogations of the former Iraqi leader.

«Hussein believed that Iraq could not appear weak to its enemies, especially Iran,» FBI special agent George Piro wrote on notes of a conversation with Saddam in June 2004 about weapons of mass destruction.

He believed Iraq was being threatened by others in the region and must appear able to defend itself, the report said.

The FBI reports, released on Wednesday, said Saddam asserted that he was more concerned about Iran discovering Iraq’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities than the repercussions of the United States for blocking the return of UN weapons inspectors who were searching for WMD.

«In his opinion, the UN inspectors would have directly identified to the Iranians where to inflict maximum damage to Iraq,» according to the documents obtained and released by the National Security Archive, a nongovernmental research institute.

FBI says Saddam’s weapons bluff aimed at Iran

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