United Nations Special Commission

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United Nations Special Commission

An organization created by the United Nations in 1999 to ensure that Iraq complied with Security Council resolutions not to produce biological, chemical or nuclear weapons after the Gulf War. UNSCOM was created in 1991 and dissolved in 1999 amid allegations that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency was using it to spy on the Iraqi military.
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In November 1997, the Iraqi banning of American participants from the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM) inspection teams led the United States to mobilize forces for a major bombing campaign, which was suspended when the Russians were able to negotiate an agreement where the Iraqis rescinded the ban.
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