Weapons In A Haystack

Finding Iraq's illegal arms will be immensely difficult. U.N. inspectors will have to probe 750 known sites for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons and missiles and uncover uncounted new ones


Under the terms of existing Security Council resolutions, two organizations field teams of experts in everything from biological agents to satellite imagery and nuclear weapons systems. But there are fewer than 100 inspectors to scrutinize an area the size of California

U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC)

Headed by legal expert and former atomic-agency director Hans Blix, UNMOVIC was authorized under softer terms after the former U.N. inspection team, UNSCOM, was barred from Iraq in December 1998. Since then, Blix has assembled 220 experts from 45 countries: 80 at a time will work from Baghdad...

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