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    LIE


    The New York Times reported that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons in 2003

    TRUTH

    Iraq almost had a nuclear bomb in 1991, but never revived its weapons program


    This is based on a misreading of a Times article published in 2006 about the federal government shutting a Web archive it had posted that contained Iraqi documents about how to build an atomic bomb. The article contained this passage that referred to Iraq’s work on nuclear weapons in 1991 -- not 2003:

    Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

    In fact, Iraq did not have nuclear weapons in 2003 or at any time -- including prior to the 1991 Persian Gulf War -- and Iraq did not have a nuclear weapons program in 2003. In 2004, the CIA's Iraq Survey Group (ISG) released a report that found that Iraq "ended the nuclear program in 1991 following the Gulf war. ISG found no evidence to suggest concerted efforts to restart the program."