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Source: CIA to give Congress data on Iraqi weapons

Powell: 'This wasn't material I was making up'

U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division load ice onto their Abrams tank in Tuesday's heat in Baghdad.
U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division load ice onto their Abrams tank in Tuesday's heat in Baghdad.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The CIA plans to give lawmakers intelligence data that U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell used for a prewar U.N. presentation on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction in response to concerns those weapons haven't been found, a U.S. intelligence official said.

The official said the CIA will cooperate with a request by Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and provide detailed information on the intelligence that led to the agency's assessment of Iraq's weapons program.

Some lawmakers have complained that no proof of weapons of mass destruction -- the central U.S. argument for war -- has been found in Iraq. (Gallery: Iraq's weapons of mass destruction)

Powell and other top officials have said proof of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq will be uncovered but that it might take time.

"This wasn't material I was making up, it came from the intelligence community," Powell said Monday of his February 5 presentation to the United Nations.

"There was a lot of additional information that was very solid and substantiated that I didn't use because I didn't have time to use it all, and anything that we weren't totally comfortable with, we didn't use."

Powell said solid intelligence often does not have multiple sources. "But in this case, because of the attention that was being focused on the briefing, and the importance of the briefing, I wanted to make sure that it was solid information, multiple-sourced, and reflected the considered and unanimous view of the intelligence community analysts who are responsible for it."

The intelligence official said elements of Iraq's weapons program have been found, citing the recently discovered trailers that the Bush administration said were mobile facilities to produce biological weapons.

The official added that the Iraqi regime was engaged in "an elaborate denial and deception effort" and that it is no surprise more weapons have not been found. (Full story)

U.N. weapons inspectors found no evidence of any banned weapons program in Iraq in their last round of inspections before the war but made little progress in clearing up questions concerning possible weapons of mass destruction, according to a report released Monday.

"The long list of proscribed items unaccounted for and as such resulting in unresolved disarmament issues was neither shortened by the inspections nor by Iraqi declarations and documentation," the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Committee report said.

U.S. reinforces Fallujah

U.S. commanders are redeploying about 4,000 troops from the Army's 3rd Infantry Division from Baghdad to Fallujah -- which continues to be a stronghold of Iraqi resistance, U.S. military officials said.

Members of the division's 2nd Brigade will replace 1,200 troops that are patrolling the central Iraqi city, which is 43 miles (about 70 kilometers) west of Baghdad. Saddam Hussein sympathizers continue to stir up resistance and U.S. forces have taken fire in Fallujah. Two U.S. soldiers were killed and nine others wounded May 27 in an attack on an Army unit there.

The larger force will use its 88 tanks and 44 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to establish an increased presence on Fallujah's streets, officials said.

The move comes in response to a series of attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq in recent days.

U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division instruct vehicles to slow down Tuesday as they approach a checkpoint in Fallujah, Iraq.
U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division instruct vehicles to slow down Tuesday as they approach a checkpoint in Fallujah, Iraq.

A soldier assigned to the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division was killed Monday evening in a checkpoint attack north of Baghdad.

The soldier died as a result of wounds received when unknown assailants, armed with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, attacked the checkpoint near Balad, U.S. Central Command announced Tuesday. The soldier's name has been withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Other developments

• The U.S.-led coalition expects to establish a representative interim administration in Iraq within five to six weeks, U.S. civil administrator L. Paul Bremer told reporters Monday in Baghdad. It would not be a "provisional government," Bremer said, noting that the U.N. Security Council's recently adopted mandate on Iraq calls for an "interim administration." An advisory council of 25 to 30 Iraqis would help form policies and administer government ministries, a senior coalition official said. The coalition would appoint the Iraqis. (Full story)

• Four U.S. soldiers and four civilians aboard two small civilian contractor boats were recovered Monday in the northern Persian Gulf after several hours in Iranian hands, the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet reported. The boats entered Iranian waters while traveling from an Iraqi oil terminal to the port of Faw. (Full story)


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