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5/06/2003

U.S. Officials 'Confident' of Weapons Lab Find
Will the left shutup now? Not likely...

A vehicle found by Kurdish fighters last week in the northern Iraq city of Arbil may be a mobile weapons laboratory, U.S. officials said.

Senior Defense officials told Fox News they are "confident" the vehicle was used to manufacture biological or chemical weapons agents. The vehicle contained fermenting tanks and dryers, such as those used to make the powder form of anthrax. Initial tests on the interior of the vehicle, which appeared to have been thoroughly cleaned, turned up negative results, but officials said tests were ongoing.

"There are a number of tests going on right now in a number of different locations in regards to Iraqi weapons of mass destruction," officials told Fox News.

The vehicle resembles an 18-wheeler Secretary of State Colin Powell said in a Feb. 5 presentation before the U.N. Security Council was a mobile weapons lab that had been moved around to elude weapons inspectors.

Evidence that the vehicle was used to both manufacture banned weapons and hide them from U.N. weapons inspectors would be a boon to the United States, which has been criticized for the lack of a "smoking gun" pointing to Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.

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