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Pentagon Sets Up Commission to Hunt for Iraqi Weapons

The Pentagon is sure that weapons of mass destruction will be finally found in Iraq, but the searches will take a long time
The Pentagon is setting up a commission of its own to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Instead of examining the infrastructure where chemical or bacteriological weapons might have been produced under the previous regime, new inspectors will carry out the searches according to testimony of Iraqi captives, those officials and scientists who were connected with development of weapons.

Major-General Case Dayton, a newly appointed commander of the hunting commission says, the amount of information collected by this moment requires a systematic checkup.  In his words, this doesn't mean that all infrastructures mentioned on the list compiled by the US intelligence must be examined. There are about 900 infrastructures of this kind on the list; less than 200 of them have been already examined by this time.

Dayton emphasized that it was much more important to find those people who transported equipment to infrastructures or those who guarded them than to examine the infrastructures themselves. The major-general is sure that weapons of mass destruction will be finally found in Iraq, but the searches will take a long time. The new commission will consist of 1.400 inspectors from the USA, Great Britain and Australia. The headquarters of the commission will be located in Baghdad; all reports of the commission will be sent to the US Central Command in Qatar.

ITAR-TASS