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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is raising the growing Iraqi arms threat as a diplomatic and security priority, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. The paper cited intelligence assessments that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is trying to rebuild his arms program since U.N. weapons inspectors have left Iraq. The Israeli Army’s chief of intelligence discussed the matter in recent discussions in Washington, and it will reportedly be discussed when the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Israel next week.

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