WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- Audiotapes now being translated from Arabic indicate former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was planning to rebuild his weapons arsenal in the mid-1990's.
Bill Tierney, a former U.S. Army warrant officer and Arabic speaker who is translating for the FBI found the comments in roughly 12 hours of recordings, the Washington Times said Monday.
"The factories are present," an Iraqi aide tells Saddam on one of the tapes, made in the mid-1990s while U.N.weapons inspectors were searching for Baghdad's remaining stocks of weapons.
And there is more to come, the newspaper said.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich., told the Times about 500 hours of additional Saddam tapings are still being translated and analyzed. In addition, in Qatar, U.S. Central Command's forward headquarters in the Persian Gulf, sit 48,000 boxes of Iraqi documents, of which the military has delivered just 68 pages to the committee.