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U.S. weapons hunters find no evidence Iraq had smallpox

Fox 23

Fears that Saddam Hussein's regime had smallpox so far appear unfounded.

The Associated Press has learned from senior military officers that U-S weapons hunters in Iraq have found no evidence Hussein's regime was making or stockpiling smallpox.

Smallpox fears were part of the case the Bush administration used to build support for invading Iraq.

But a three-month search by investigators known as "Team Pox" has turned up only signs to the contrary.

For example, Iraqi scientists who are considered credible gave no indication they had worked with smallpox -- and a laboratory that was thought to have been back in use was covered in cobwebs.

The negative smallpox findings come nearly six months after the U-S went to war to disarm Iraq of banned weapons. Saddam has long denied having such weapons and the military hasn't been able to find any so far.

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