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Reporters shown Iraqi drone made of balsa wood and duct tape

Al-Taji, Iraq-AP -- Iraqi officials have given journalists a look at a drone that looks more like a model airplane.

It's made of balsa wood and duct tape, with two small propellers attached to what look like the engines of a weed whacker.

The words "God is great" are emblazoned on the fuselage.

An Iraqi military official points to the remotely-controlled aircraft as evidence that Secretary of State Colin Powell is misleading the U-N Security Council and the public.

Powell has warned of an Iraqi drone with a wingspan of almost 25 feet that could be used to spread chemical or biological weapons.

The man in charge of the drone project says it's used only for "reconnaissance, jamming and aerial photography." He says it can't be controlled from more than five miles away.

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