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  • Iraq's 'Nuclear Mastermind' Tells Tale of Ambition, Deceit

    10/03/2004 1:40:05 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 597+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 3, 2004 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON — On most days now, Mahdi Obeidi rides his new mountain bike, plays with his grandkids and works on getting a U.S. patent for technology he originally developed to build a nuclear bomb for Saddam Hussein. Obeidi, who headed Hussein's uranium enrichment program until it was shut down in 1991, is the only Iraqi weapons scientist that the CIA is known to have brought to the United States after the invasion last year. The CIA also flew eight of his family members here in August 2003 and secretly set them up in three adjoining apartments in a leafy Virginia...
  • Iraqi Nuclear Scientist Assassinated South Of Baghdad

    09/05/2004 1:27:18 PM PDT · by BP2 · 39 replies · 3,304+ views
    Turkishpress.com ^ | 9/5/2004 | AFP
    MAHMUDIYA, Iraq, Sept 5 (AFP) - An Iraqi nuclear scientist has been assassinated in the Sunni Muslim insurgent bastion of Mahmudiya, south of Baghdad, his brother told AFP Sunday. Mohammed Toki Hussein al-Talakani, who had practised nuclear physics since 1984, was shot dead on Saturday as he was driving in Mahmudiya, Alaa Toki Hussein said. The 40-year-old scientist lived in the small town of Al-Kifl, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the capital. Another man was killed in the town on Sunday during clashes between insurgents and Iraqi forces, while a woman was also wounded, the head of the...
  • Shia scientist tipped to be Iraqi prime minister

    05/25/2004 5:40:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 217+ views
    Financial Times ^ | May 26 2004 | James Harding and Peter Spiegel in Washington
    A Shia nuclear scientist said to be close to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is emerging as one of the frontrunners to become the new prime minister of Iraq. Hussain Shahristani spent a decade in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison for defying former dictator Saddam Hussein's command to turn his scientific expertise to the development of nuclear weapons. Lakhdar Brahimi, United Nations special envoy, and Robert Blackwill, a Bush administration official, are still finalising the composition of the new Iraqi government. Officials say that balancing the communal, religious and ethnic groups within the new government is proving difficult and fluid, and caution that...
  • Iraqi scientists silenced (Iraq WMDs)

    04/10/2004 7:49:41 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 16 replies · 761+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Published April 9, 2004 | Editorial
    <p>In the year since Saddam Hussein was deposed, insurgents have killed nine former Iraqi weapons officials. All had been questioned by the Iraq Survey Group (ISG); at least two had been cooperating with it. Last October, ISG head David Kay said that one scientist was killed because "he was engaged in discussions with us." The most recent victim was Majid Hussein Ali, a well-known nuclear scientist. He took two bullets to the back in February.</p>
  • 1991 Gulf War stopped Baghdad's atomic and biological weapons, top Iraqi scientist says

    01/27/2005 8:09:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 29 replies · 1,175+ views
    AP ^ | 1/27/5 | DOUG MELLGREN
    OSLO, Norway -- A scientist considered the father of Iraq's nuclear program said Thursday that his nation would have developed atomic weapons in the early 1990s had Saddam Hussein not ordered the invasion of Kuwait. The invasion sparked the U.S.-led Operation Desert Storm in 1991, which drove Iraq out of Kuwait and marked the end of Baghdad's nuclear and biological weapons program, said Jafar Dhia Jafar, the scientific head of Iraq's nuclear weapons program. "By the end of 1990, about 8,000 people were involved directly or indirectly in the nuclear program," said Jafar, presenting his new Norwegian-language book, "Oppdraget", which...
  • Iraq : Former Iraqi Oil Minister Surrenders (ranks No. 47)

    04/29/2003 2:47:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 392+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 04/29/03 | NIKO PRICE
    Former Iraqi Oil Minister Surrenders 16 minutes ago By NIKO PRICE, Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s former oil minister, a trusted adviser who earlier oversaw Iraq (news - web sites)'s top-secret missile programs, has surrendered to U.S.-led forces, the U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. AP Photo (AP Video) Latest news: · U.S. Soldiers Fire at Iraqi Protesters AP - 6 minutes ago · Former Iraqi Oil Minister Surrenders AP - 16 minutes ago · Last Soldier Missing in Iraq Found Dead AP - 27 minutes ago Special Coverage   Amer Mohammed Rashid, known...
  • Iraq Gave Up WMD After '91, Says Scientist

    08/11/2004 8:38:45 PM PDT · by COEXERJ145 · 89 replies · 1,360+ views
    Saddam Hussein gave up all of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in the wake of the 1991 Gulf War, the scientist who headed his nuclear program, Jaffar Dhia Jaffar, said in a BBC interview on Wednesday. "There was no capability. There was no chemical or biological or any what are called weapons of mass destruction," said Jaffar in what BBC television called his first-ever broadcast interview. Speaking in Paris, where he now lives, Jaffar - who ran Saddam's nuclear program for 25 years - said there was "no development" of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons "at any time after 1991"....
  • Iraqi Scientist Not Working on Bombs

    11/08/2003 1:05:55 PM PST · by TexKat · 6 replies · 375+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/8/03 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Iraqi scientist killed in the U.S. invasion and now linked by arms hunter David Kay to possible nuclear weapons research was working on an advanced gun, not atomic bombs, fellow physicists say. They and eyewitnesses also say Khalid Ibrahim Sa'id was killed not when he tried to "run a roadblock," as asserted by Kay, but when a U.S. tank crew blasted his civilian car without warning on an open street. These accounts of the physicist's research and death, provided by 10 Iraqis and supported on key points by U.N. arms inspectors, challenge a core element of...
  • Iraqi scientists tell TIME the weapons were destroyed long before the war

    09/28/2003 10:01:12 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 36 replies · 174+ views
    TIME ^ | 10/06/03 | Mark Thompson and Timothy J. Burger
    Sunday, Sep. 28, 2003 Chasing a Mirage The U.S. was sure Saddam had WMD, but Iraqi scientists tell TIME the weapons were destroyed long before the war By NANCY GIBBS AND MICHAEL WARE I BAGHDAD The trader was actually sitting at home in Baghdad, waiting. He knew it was only a matter of time before the Americans came. It was just after curfew on the night of June 22, ten weeks after Saddam Hussein's fall, when he heard a helicopter overhead, the humvees in the street outside, the knock at the door. U.S. soldiers came rushing into the house, broke...
  • U.S. rounds up Chemical Sally

    05/06/2003 11:13:01 AM PDT · by TLBSHOW · 6 replies · 224+ views
    canoe ^ | 5/6/2003 | ap
    U.S. rounds up Chemical Sally WASHINGTON -- A top Iraqi scientist known as 'Chemical Sally' has been taken into custody, according to U.S. officials who say they suspect she has information about a banned biological weapons program. Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, who has advanced degrees from two U.S. universities, was taken into custody Sunday, said a Defence Department official who had no other details. With Ammash's detention, 19 of the 55 Iraqis listed as the most wanted by U.S. officials have been reported captured. In a deck of playing cards with photos of the 55 that troops are using to...