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Iraqi arms scientists killed before they talk
Washington Times ^ | 8/23/04 | Rowan Scarborough

Posted on 08/23/2004 1:09:07 AM PDT by kattracks

Anti-coalition forces have killed a prominent Iraqi chemical-weapons scientist whom U.S. investigators were questioning at Abu Ghraib prison, in an attempt to unravel the mysteries of Saddam Hussein's arsenal.
    The scientist's death is not the first such killing, and it has some U.S. analysts wondering whether there is a pattern and also whether the Iraqi insurgents had incredibly good intelligence and a deadly aim -- or were just lucky.
    Last spring, according to two defense officials, the United States detained an Iraqi scientist who was active in the nation's development of chemical weapons.
    The man, whom the sources declined to identify, was not cooperative at first. The Iraq Survey Group (ISG) had him held at Abu Ghraib prison for further questioning. He seemed to be ready to offer up valuable information.
    But then one night, the insurgents fired a volley of mortar rounds into the prison. One landed near enough to kill the chemical expert. Any chance that he might have disclosed information on what happened to Saddam's stocks of chemical shells vanished in the explosion.
    The death is at least the fourth hostile-fire killing of Iraqi scientists who had been talking to the ISG. There have been press reports that as many as nine have been slain.
    One of the country's most prominent nuclear scientists, Majid Hussein Ali, was found dead earlier this year, shot twice in the back. He had been questioned by the ISG.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: assassination; iraq; iraqiscientists; isg; rowanscarborough; saddam; wmd

1 posted on 08/23/2004 1:09:08 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
The scientist's death is not the first such killing, and it has some U.S. analysts wondering whether there is a pattern...

Gee, ya think?

2 posted on 08/23/2004 1:18:39 AM PDT by XHogPilot
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To: kattracks

Why didn't we take these key people (and their families) out of country for interrogation so they are free to talk???

Sounds like a major screwup to me.


3 posted on 08/23/2004 2:06:54 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: kattracks
Nice headline, WT --- And what did they have to say AFTER they were killed?
4 posted on 08/23/2004 3:07:10 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (Had a bellyfull already and still swallowing by the quart...)
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To: kattracks

It sounds like a mole to me. Inside information is making its way to the insurgents.


5 posted on 08/23/2004 6:14:00 AM PDT by rebel_yell2
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To: DB

Yes, this is a MAJOR screwup. What are they thinking in not having at least protection for these people? Now we're left with silence and questions remain regarding what is going on with the WMD.


6 posted on 08/23/2004 7:50:19 AM PDT by bushfamfan
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To: rebel_yell2

I have long thought the "insurgents" have been coordinating with members of the Left - someone, somewhere.


7 posted on 08/23/2004 7:53:56 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: kattracks
But then one night, the insurgents fired a volley of mortar rounds into the prison. One landed near enough to kill the chemical expert.

Let's not attribute to plan that which is most probably coincidence.

One of those great untold stories that our beloved leftist media ignores is the fact that the most significant prisoner abuse that occurs at Abu Ghraib is when prisoners are injured or killed as a result of mortar or artillery attacks from the antigovernment forces, which occur on an almost daily basis.

Kind of puts the nekkid pitchers/panties-on-the-head stuff into perspective, doesn't it?

8 posted on 08/23/2004 8:34:55 AM PDT by George Smiley (Tagline removed pursuant to threatening letters from DNC and Kerry/Edwards attorneys.)
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To: kattracks
This article has been posted to DoctorZin’s New News Blog!


9 posted on 08/23/2004 8:38:03 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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