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Iraq intelligence probe may be delayed

April 25, 2006 at 2:15 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- A move in the U.S. Senate committee investigating the Bush administration's handling of Iraqi intelligence leading up to the invasion may delay any conclusions.

A report in The Hill newspaper says Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who chairs the committee, may want to divide the probe into two parts. The inquiry already has dragged on for more than two years, says the report.

Roberts apparently is considering separating the less controversial topics such as pre-war intelligence assessments of what the political and security environment would be in Iraq after a U.S. victory, from the more serious one on whether public statements and testimony about Iraq by senior U.S. government officials were substantiated by available intelligence information.

An aide to ranking member, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said Democrats are aware Roberts may be thinking of dividing the inquiry but that Rockefeller was unlikely to oppose such a move.

But another Democrat told The Hill separating the inquiry would ease pressure on Roberts to complete the entire inquiry soon.

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