The question as to whether or not Iraq actually used chemical weapon-loaded Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War is still an open one. Further to this, there still remain outstanding questions about the claims that Iraq possessed illegally-retained Scud Missiles in the period prior to the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. There is no complete record to draw upon and no one organisation has ever been seen to have compiled an exhaustive and comprehensive analysis.

- A review by a former member of the Dhahran Scud Watchers Club


An Open Letter to Mr Carne Ross, Director, Independent Diplomat.


January 07 2007


Dear Sir


I am writing to you from the position of being editor of the UK-based website project www.scudwatch.org, which has for some time now been collecting and compiling information regarding Iraq's Scud missile programme from publicly available sources.

It is currently SCUDWATCH's contention that nine Iraqi Scud missiles and nine 'special' chemical warheads were in reality unaccounted for in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq War; and that these weapons had been launched but not accounted for during the 1991 Gulf War.

I note with considerable interest the recently published transcript of your statement to Lord Butler's inquiry, previously unavailable due to OSA concerns. Of particular interest to me were your comments about the Iraqi Scud missiles:


"With the exception of some unaccounted-for Scud missiles, there was no intelligence evidence of significant holdings of CW, BW or nuclear material."

"Iraq's ability to launch a WMD or any form of attack was very limited. There were approx 12 or so unaccounted-for Scud missiles; ..."

I have taken the liberty of adding these comments to SCUDWATCH's 'Notable Statements' section at www.scudwatch.org/miscellanea.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to read the collected content of the SCUDWATCH website. We would be most grateful if you could possibly write for us a short review of the evidence as presented by SCUDWATCH, hopefully expanding on the raised issues, as seen from your previous perspective as First Secretary at the UK mission to the United Nations. We are seeking in particular any account of the intelligence that was presented to HM Government to support the claim that Scud missiles were still extant in Iraq just prior to the 2003 invasion.


Yours sincerely


(This writer)


Editor


SCUDWATCH.ORG


(Posted at www.scudwatch/carneross )