UN inspectors visit Iraq

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Baghdad (AP) - The leader of a UN weapons inspection team said his group's nine-day mission ended yesterday with a 'load of information' gathered about Iraq's missile programme. Twenty additional inspectors are to visit Iraq today. Patrice Palanque of France, who led the the 13-member ballistic missile inspection team, gave no details. But he said inspectors visited 10 sites. His team, the 50th to visit Iraq, went to two sites that had not been declared by President Saddam Hussein's government in its supposedly comprehensive list of weapons and facilities.

The inspection teams have failed to unearth any Scud missiles since March 1992, although Western intelligence experts estimate Iraq still has 100 to 200 hidden away.