Weapons of mass destruction or WMD - three words that took on such importance and became one of the ostensible reasons for the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by US and allied troops.
Despite Saddam Hussein\'s eventual agreement to allow UN weapons inspectors into the country, the US and Britain accused Iraq of deceiving the world about its WMD plans.
Many observers claim that the decision to go to war had already been made and that intelligence on Iraq\'s weapons of mass destruction was skewed to justify the war. Others felt Saddam was to blame for the invasion, deliberately being vague and elusive on any WMD programmes in order to keep the world guessing about his true strength.
One of the key figures at the heart of the WMD issue in the run-up to the war was Hans Blix who, as chief of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, was responsible for judging Iraq\'s true level of threat.
Inside Iraq confronts him on some critical issues such as the legality of the war, the haste in launching it, verification of intelligence and the lessons learned to avert a similar war in the future.
And, in light of the ongoing controversy over Iran\'s nuclear power programme, we look at whether the issue of WMD might again form the basis for further military adventurism in the region.
Runtime approx 22min
192 bit stereo