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Rumsfeld expected to cite mobile bio-lab in Iraq

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to point to what the United States says is a mobile biological weapons laboratory as evidence that Iraq until recently had an active bio-weapons program, Pentagon officials told CNN on Monday.

Pentagon officials said Rumsfeld may cite the truck, discovered recently in northern Iraq, at a scheduled Pentagon briefing Tuesday.

The suspected mobile laboratory is on a truck frame and resembles the drawings shown by Secretary of State Colin Powell at the United Nations in February, sources said. At the time, Powell said the U.S. suspected Iraq had at least seven mobile labs.

On Friday, U.S. officials told CNN Correspondent David Ensor that they believed a truck, seized the previous week by U.S. troops south of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, may have contained a mobile biological weapons laboratory.

Pentagon officials now say the United States has confirmed the truck did contain equipment for making biological agents, sources said, but no biological material was found.

The equipment in the truck had "recently been thoroughly scrubbed," one official told CNN last week. That official described the vehicle as looking like an old moving van outside with "suspicious-looking" equipment inside.

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