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Iraqi Defector Says He Lied Over Weapons Claims


An Iraqi defector who allegedly convinced U.S. and German intelligence officials that former leader Saddam Hussein had a secret biological weapons program has admitted that he lied.

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, who was codenamed "Curveball" by German and American intelligence, told Britain's "The Guardian" that he fabricated the stories in an attempt to bring down the Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995.

"Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right," he said. "They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy."

The United States and Britain used the alleged possession by Iraq of weapons of mass destruction as their main reason to go to war, but such a program was never verified.

compiled from agency reports
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