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Rebuilding Iraq

Powell's evidence
Biological and chemical weaponry
Nuclear capabilities
Conventional weapons
Links to terrorism


Conventional weapons

 Ballistic missile ranges 

UN regulations state that Iraq’s missiles may not have a range of more than 150 km (93 miles). It is thought by the United States that Iraq still possesses “a few dozen” SCUD variant ballistic missiles. These missiles have ranges of 650-900 km (404-559 miles). UNMOVIC has reported the importing of 380 SA-2 rocket engines that Powell says could extend the range of Iraq’s missiles to 1,200 km (746 miles).

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 Larger test stand 

According to Powell, "The exhaust on the right test stand is five-times longer than the one on the left. The one on the left was used for short-range missiles. The one on the right is clearly intended for long-range missiles that can fly 1,200 kilometers." At left, the Al-Rafa'h liquid engine test facility.