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Iraq's Aluminum Tubes: Separating Fact from Fiction   [open pdf - 459KB]

When David Kay, a senior advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence, presented the interim findings of the Iraq Survey Group on weapons of mass destruction in early October 2003, he said little about the attempts by Iraq to acquire over 100,000 high strength aluminum tubes. Before the 2003 Iraq war, these tubes were widely described by President George W. Bush and senior administration officials as key gas centrifuge components, demonstrating that Iraq not only had reconstituted its nuclear weapons program but would soon be able to produce highly enriched uranium (HEU) for nuclear weapons. These tubes became central to the Bush Administration's pre-war claim that Iraq posed a menacing and growing threat to the United States and its allies. But extensive evidence collected during recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections and after the fall of Baghdad shows that Iraq did not plan to use the tubes in gas centrifuges. This report outlines many of the details and applications of the tubes, as well as additional findings from the survey.

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2003-12-05
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