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30 Arms Control and Weapons Proliferation Egypt Although Egypt firmly denies the possession of chemical weapons, it was widely considered to have them in the 1960s and to have used them in the war in the Yemen. One of the major intelligence surprises of the 1973 war was the preparedness of Arab, and particularly Egyptian forces, to fight in a chemically contaminated environment. Egypt possesses the chemical industrial facilities and technical sophistication to produce chemical weapons in time of need and to supplement what some believe to be a modest existing stockpile.

In the medium to long term, there is no reason to expect that scientific and technological knowledge regarded as sensitive will remain the sole prerogative of the countries that are at present the most industrially developed. Only the most rigidly secretive scientific protectionism could seriously hamper its spread. However, any acquaintance with the international character of the work carried out in the world's foremost centers of training and research attests to the fact that scientific and technological knowledge are highly transnational.

1 Iraq Prior to the January 1991 bombing campaign by the allied coalition, Iraq possessed a chemical arsenal of significant size and sophistication, including both World War I vintage chemical weapons, such as mustard gas, and the far more lethal nerve agents. It possessed a robust indigenous production capability, with reports of over a dozen facilities engaged in the production of numerous chemical agents. To deliver these weapons, Iraq possessed a number of short-range systems, including massive artillery capabilities and short-range, Soviet-supplied battlefield rockets, as well as more sophisticated delivery systems for longer-range purposes, including not just Scud missiles but also Soviet-made Su-24 bombers.

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