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  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/ He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • The Naysayer

    11/21/2005 2:15:32 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 6 replies · 393+ views
    WeeklyStandard.com ^ | November 21, 2005 | Thomas Joscelyn
    N THE AFTERMATH of September 11, more than several former national security and intelligence officials fashioned new careers as critics of the Bush administration's war on terror. Among the more prominent of these former officials is Daniel Benjamin, who worked for the National Security Council from 1994 to 1999. Benjamin's criticism flows from his belief that prior to the war in Iraq, as he wrote in Time magazine earlier this year, "there was no pre-existing relationship between Baghdad and al-Qaeda." Still worse, the invasion of Iraq has made us "less safe" and "above all, the invasion and occupation of Iraq--have...
  • Hollywood myth-making on Valerie Plame controversy

    12/04/2010 2:33:51 PM PST · by FTJM · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/3/10 | Editorial
    WE'RE NOT in the habit of writing movie reviews. But the recently released film "Fair Game" - which covers a poisonous Washington controversy during the war in Iraq - deserves some editorial page comment, if only because of what its promoters are saying about it. The protagonists portrayed in the movie, former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson IV and former spy Valerie Plame, claim that it tells the true story of their battle with the Bush administration over Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and Ms. Plame's exposure as a CIA agent. "It's accurate," Ms. Plame told The Post. Said Mr. Wilson:...
  • U.S. concentrating forces near Syrian border

    04/16/2003 4:26:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 90 replies · 509+ views
    World Tribune ^ | Wednesday, April 16, 2003 | unknown
    U.S. concentrating forces near Syrian border <!****************************Cut and Paste Headline Above*****************> SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COMWednesday, April 16, 2003 <!********************Cut and Paste Article Below********************>The United States has bolstered its military presence near the Iraqi- Syrian border. U.S. officials said Central Command has ordered a buildup of assets in western Iraq. They said the buildup is centered at Al Rutba and includes M1A1 main battle tanks, AH-64A attack helicopters and A-10 ground-support fighter-jets. The U.S. move aims to prevent the escape of Iraqi leaders and nonconventional military assets to Syria. They said U.S. forces will also ensure that Arab foreign volunteers...
  • Virtual Library Gives Iraqi Scientists Access to Valuable Knowledge

    05/04/2006 4:26:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 157+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, May 4, 2006 – In an effort to give Iraqi scientists access to academic knowledge they have long been without, the Iraqi Virtual Science Library was publicly launched here yesterday. "This knowledge is essential to the rebuilding of Iraq's scientific and university communities, which were devastated by three wars and the regime of Saddam Hussein," Paula J. Dobriansky, undersecretary of state for global affairs, said at the National Academy of Sciences. The online library will provide Iraqi scientists, engineers, physicians, researchers, and students the ability to access more than 17,000 academic journals and millions of scientific articles. The free...
  • Another Former High-Ranking Iraqi Official Confirms WMD Went to Syria

    02/13/2006 8:38:42 PM PST · by TDCAnalyst · 53 replies · 4,121+ views
    WorldThreats.com ^ | February 13, 2006 | Ryan Mauro
    ANOTHER FORMER HIGH-RANKING IRAQI OFFICIAL CONFIRMS WMD WENT TO SYRIA The Changed Baathist: Interview with Ali Ibrahim Al-Tikriti By: Ryan Mauro TDCAnalyst@aol.com Ali Ibrahim al-Tikriti was a southern regional commander for Saddam Hussein’s Fedayeen militia in the late 1980s and a personal friend of the dictator. Units under his command dealt with chemical and biological weapons. He was known as the “Butcher of Basra” due to his campaigns and defected shortly before the Gulf War in 1991. This interview aims to gain some insight into the current situation in Iraq. RM: Is there a single incident that you can point...
  • 'Dr Germ' and 'Mrs Anthrax' released from Iraqi jail

    12/19/2005 5:04:42 AM PST · by TrebleRebel · 89 replies · 2,841+ views
    Breaking News Ireland ^ | 12/19/05 | Breaking News Ireland
    'Dr Germ' and 'Mrs Anthrax' released from Iraqi jail 19/12/2005 - 12:48:51 Notorious Saddam-Hussein-era officials have been released from jail in Iraq and some have already left the country, an Iraqi lawyer said today. A legal official in Baghdad said between 24 and 25 top former officials in Saddam Hussein’s government have been freed, including Rihab Taha, known as Dr Germ, and Huda Salih Ammash, known as as Mrs Anthrax. The Iraqi lawyer, Badee Izzat Aref, said some of those released were his clients. “The release was an American-Iraqi decision and in line with an Iraqi government ruling made in...
  • US Sets Saddam's Scientists Free

    12/19/2005 3:04:06 PM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 669+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-19-2005
    US sets Saddam's scientists free Huda Ammash was educated in the US Eight former aides to Saddam Hussein - including two women accused of making biological weapons - have been released from US custody in Iraq. The freed detainees no longer pose a security threat, a US spokesman said. They include Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, nicknamed by the US "Mrs Anthrax" and Rihab Taha, also known as "Dr Germ". Reports have been circulating of a pre-election deal to free former regime figures in order to appease Iraq's Sunni Arabs, correspondents say. A US military spokesman in Baghdad said eight detainees...
  • Reports of French Involvement in Niger-Iraq Uranium Case Not Reliable

    11/02/2005 7:39:56 AM PST · by SBD1 · 12 replies · 753+ views
    GIS Special Topical Studies ^ | September 8, 2004 | Gregory R. Copley
    GIS Special Topical StudiesIraq War 2003: Background, Lessons and Follow-On Return to main GIS index page  Return to Iraq War index page September 8, 2004 Reports of French Involvement in Niger-Iraq Uranium Case Not ReliableAnalysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS. Reports in The Sunday Telegraph of London on September 6, 2004, cited Italian sources as having alleged that French Government officials were behind the creation of a dossier of largely forged documents which had highlighted the purchase of uranium by Iran from Niger. The documents were subsequently shown to have included forged material, thus discrediting the US policy...
  • 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...
  • 2 trailers deemed biological arms labs

    05/28/2003 11:35:47 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 674+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 29, 2003 | By Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The CIA yesterday concluded that two truck trailers seized by coalition forces in northern Iraq were designed by Saddam Hussein's regime to produce biological weapons agents.</p> <p>A six-page agency white paper said an examination of the trailers' equipment showed that "BW [biological weapons] agent production is the only consistent, logical purpose for these vehicles."</p>
  • Scientist: Iraq was on brink of A-bomb

    08/10/2005 9:32:33 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 19 replies · 1,253+ views
    IDAHO FALLS -A former Iraqi nuclear scientist told a crowd here that Iraq was on the brink of having a nuclear bomb just before the 1991 invasion of the country by U.S. and allied forces. Mahdi Obeidi, who worked under Saddam Hussein, spoke to a full house gathered at the World Nuclear University Summer Institute Monday. "Iraq was on the verge of having a nuclear bomb," he said. "The world will never know what Saddam would have done." A centrifuge is a machine that spins at extremely high speed to enrich uranium, needed to build an atomic bomb. Obeidi spent...
  • Anthrax dumped near Saddam palace

    03/29/2005 1:00:58 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 1,234+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, March 29, 2005 | By Charles J. Hanley
    ASSOCIATED PRESS An Iraqi scientist has told U.S. interrogators that her team destroyed Iraq's stock of anthrax in 1991 by dumping it practically at the gates of one of Saddam's main palaces, but never told U.N. inspectors for fear of angering the dictator. Rihab Rashid Taha's decision in 2003 to remain silent stoked suspicions of those who contended Iraq still harbored biological weapons, contributing to the U.S. decision to invade Iraq two years ago this month. "Whether those involved understood the significance and disastrous consequences of their actions is unclear," the CIA-led Iraq Survey Group says of Mrs. Taha and...
  • Fearing Saddam, anthrax scientist kept her secret - and chanced war

    03/28/2005 11:11:20 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 63 replies · 3,189+ views
    WKRC ^ | 3/28/04
    Fearing Saddam, anthrax scientist kept her secret - and chanced warLAST UPDATE: 3/28/2005 12:36:24 PM In early 2003, as war fever built in Washington, an Iraqi scientist faced a fateful choice. Rihab Rashid Taha could try to lower the heat by finally telling U.N. inspectors what happened to Iraq's "missing" anthrax. Or she could remain silent, rather than risk Saddam Hussein's wrath. The microbiologist's dilemma, she has told U.S. interrogators, was that her team 12 years earlier had destroyed the lethal bacteria by dumping it practically at the gates of one of Saddam's main palaces, and the feared Iraqi...
  • 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...
  • Top female Iraqi scientist in U.S. custody has cancer, lawyer claims

    12/31/2004 11:56:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 1,128+ views
    AP ^ | 12/31/4
    BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi lawyer said Friday that one of Saddam Hussein's former top scientists, known as "Mrs. Anthrax," has cancer and is dying in U.S. custody where she has been held for more than a year. A U.S. military spokesman for detainee operations in Iraq refused to comment on the report that Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash has cancer. "I am not able to discuss the health condition of our detainees," said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson. "Certainly we have medical care available to take care of any detainee." Ammash, a top Baath party official and biotech researcher who got her...
  • Israeli secret agents liquidate 310 Iraqi scientists

    11/10/2004 4:52:17 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 58 replies · 2,378+ views
    Azzaman.com (Iraqi news service) ^ | October 30, 2004 | Mustafa Amara
    More than 310 Iraqi scientists are thought to have perished at the hands of Israeli secret agents in Iraq since fall of Baghdad to US troops in April 2003, a seminar has found. The seminar, held in Cairo, was attended by politicians, journalists and experts with an interest in current Iraqi affairs. The experts said they had detected an organized campaign aimed at “liquidating Iraqi scientists” in the past 18 months and most of them pointed the finger at the Israeli secret police service, the Mossad. The organizers said their aim was to highlight the plight of Iraqi scientists particularly...
  • Iraqi Physicist: Saddam Funded Nuke Program Till 2003

    10/05/2004 1:13:27 AM PDT · by mrplind · 36 replies · 2,545+ views
    The Iraqi physicist who ran his country's uranium enrichment program says that Saddam Hussein continued to fund efforts to develop nuclear weapons right up until the U.S. invasion in March 2003. ... In an interview with WABC Radio's John Gambling, the Iraqi centrifuge scientist said he was ordered to keep his nuclear bombmaking research concealed from U.N. weapons inspectors.
  • 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...
  • U.S. falls short on plan to rein in Iraqi scientists (2000-4000 Iraqi WMD SCIENTISTS)

    10/03/2004 4:50:39 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 2 replies · 313+ views
    Bradenton Herald ^ | Oct. 3, 2004 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    The dangers of Baghdad and a shortage of cash have set back the U.S. effort to put Iraqi weapons scientists to work rebuilding their country and keep them off the global job market for makers of doomsday arms. To steer them to civilian projects and training, the State Department had planned a dozen workshops and seminars for hundreds of idled specialists from Iraq's old nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs, beginning in the first half of 2004. But the department got no new funds for the program, and none of these plans has gotten off the ground, nine months after...
  • Saddam, The Bomb and Me (Iraqi Nuclear Scientist speaks out)

    09/27/2004 9:33:35 AM PDT · by Chicos_Bail_Bonds · 30 replies · 1,715+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 9-26-04 | MAHDI OBEIDI
    What was really going in Iraq before the American invasion last year? Iraq's nuclear weapons program was on the threshold of success before the 1991 invasion of Kuwait - there is no doubt in my mind that we could have produced dozens of nuclear weapons within a few years - but was stopped in its tracks by United Nations weapons inspectors after the Persian Gulf war and was never restarted. During the 1990's, the inspectors discovered all of the laboratories, machines and materials we had used in the nuclear program, and all were destroyed or otherwise incapacitated.
  • Syria seeking to oust Iraqi nuclear scientists

    09/26/2004 1:25:01 PM PDT · by anotherview · 40 replies · 2,952+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 26 September 2004 | DOUGLAS DAVIS
    Sep. 26, 2004 21:39 Syria seeking to oust Iraqi nuclear scientists By DOUGLAS DAVIS Syria is making desperate efforts to persuade Iran to accept a group of 12 Iraqi nuclear scientists and their families who had sought refuge in Damascus before the US-led coalition toppled Saddam Hussein. Quoting Western intelligence officials, the London-based Sunday Telegraph reported that Syrian President Bashar Assad fears that the US will use the presence of the Iraqi scientists as a pretext to target Syria and he is desperate to find a new home for them. The possibility of moving the Iraqi scientists to Iran, a...
  • Secrets of Saddam's nuclear programme hidden under tree

    09/25/2004 1:15:57 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | September 25, 2004 | KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER
    AN IRAQI scientist-turned-author says the most significant pieces of his country’s dormant nuclear programme were buried under a lotus tree in his backyard, untouched for more than a decade before the US-led invasion in 2003.But their existence, Dr Mahdi Obeidi writes in a new book, is evidence that the international community should remain vigilant as other countries try to replicate Iraq’s successes before the 1991 Gulf war to develop components necessary for a nuclear weapon. In The Bomb in my Garden, Dr Obeidi details Saddam’s quest for a nuclear bomb: "Although Saddam never had nuclear weapons at his disposal, the...
  • US 'will not free' Iraq scientist

    09/22/2004 5:29:43 AM PDT · by veronica · 76 replies · 3,241+ views
    BBC.com ^ | 9-22-04
    The US has dismissed reports from Iraq's justice ministry that one of two female scientists held in a US-run prison was to be released. A US source told the BBC that both prisoners were in the physical and legal custody of the Americans and would not be freed imminently. Militants have reportedly killed two American hostages and are threatening to kill a third, Briton Kenneth Bigley. They had demanded the release of all Iraqi women held in US-run prisons. The US says it is only holding two women prisoners - Rihab Rashid Taha and Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash - that...
  • 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...
  • Iraqi arms scientists killed before they talk

    08/23/2004 1:09:07 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 1,278+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8/23/04 | Rowan Scarborough
    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...
  • 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...
  • IRAQI PHYSICIST: 500-TON URANIUM STOCKPILE NOT FOR NUKES

    08/12/2004 6:37:39 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 19 replies · 799+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 8/12/04
    The physicist who ran Iraq's nuclear weapons program for 25 years before the U.S. liberation claimed on Wednesday that Saddam Hussein gave up his nuclear ambitions in 1991 - even though the Iraqi dictator maintained a 500-ton stockpile of uranium and kept his nuclear research team intact right up until March 2003. In his first-ever broadcast interview, Jaffar Dhia Jaffar told the BBC that Saddam's al Tuwaitha nuclear weapons research facility was heavily damaged in the first Gulf War. "Everything was destroyed, such that the program couldn't be restarted at the time at all, and it never restarted," he claimed....
  • 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"....
  • Senate Intel Report: Saddam's Nuke Scientists Active Until War

    07/13/2004 5:44:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 560+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/13/04 | Carl Limbacher
    While the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded on Friday that Saddam Hussein didn't have much in the way of weapons of mass destruction, its conclusions on Iraq's nuclear weapons program weren't quite the clean bill of health that the media have suggested they were. For instance, according to the report's "Overall Conclusions" section, "Iraq was procuring dual use equipment that had potential nuclear applications." What's more, the Committee found that "Iraq had kept its cadre of nuclear weapons personnel trained and in positions that could keep their skills intact for eventual use in a reconstituted nuclear program." To be sure, the...
  • Another university professor murdered(200 killed since last year)

    05/11/2004 9:56:20 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 19 replies · 326+ views
    Iraqpress ^ | 05/11/04 | Iraqpress
    Another university professor murdered Baghdad, Iraq Press, May 11, 2004 – The body of a missing university professor has been found in the outskirts of Baghdad. Dr. Abdulsamia al-Janabi was abducted following a row at Mustansiriya University over the distribution of leaflets and placards in the campus. Janabi was dean of the Science College at the University and one of the country’s top scientists. He wanted to distance his college from the current political wrangling in the country. University campuses in Iraq have turned into arenas for the various political factions to propagate their ideas. Janabi ordered all political placards...
  • 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>
  • The Iraqi scientist ASIO chose to ignore (WMDs IRAQ)

    04/07/2004 10:28:24 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 9 replies · 413+ views
    The Age ^ | April 1, 2004
    The Iraqi scientist ASIO chose to ignore April 1, 2004 he Iraqi scientist ASIO chose to ignore said that hundreds of chemicals and chemical weapons, including missiles and artillery shells, had been secretly stockpiled to deal with internal dissent. "They were reserved for emergencies such as another Shiite uprising. They could have been moved after I escaped Iraq, I cannot say for sure, but I doubt that. These places took years to build." Rashid, who was issued with a temporary protection visa by the Refugee Review Tribunal in October 2000, said he had offered to identify the bunkers in the...
  • Nine Iraqi WMD scientists murdered

    04/06/2004 5:59:55 AM PDT · by Miss Marple · 60 replies · 368+ views
    Fox News on air | April 6, 2004 | Steve Buyer on Fox News
    Congressman Steve Buyer was interviewed by Judge Napolitano on Fox and Friends this morning. He says that NINE important Iraqi scientists have been assassinated by remnants of the old regime.Buyer says that Kay was aware of it, but was reluctant to connect the dots. He says he doesn't know how aware Bremer is, but that he felt it was time to go public with this information, and perhaps offer scientists a witness protection program.
  • Silence on deaths of Iraqi scientists troubles lawmaker

    04/05/2004 2:56:11 AM PDT · by kattracks · 7 replies · 116+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 4/05/04 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>A Republican congressman says U.S. arms inspectors need to make the public better aware that Iraqi insurgents are assassinating scientists who could hold the key to Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.</p> <p>Like Mr. Buyer, U.S. officials are wondering why Saddam loyalists are killing his weapons scientists if the Iraqi dictator did not possess weapons of mass destruction.</p>
  • Iraq Arms Inspector Says Search Is a Tangle

    03/30/2004 7:09:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 272+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 31, 2004 | DOUGLAS JEHL
    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"/> March 31, 2004 Iraq Arms Inspector Says Search Is a TangleBy DOUGLAS JEHL ASHINGTON, March 30 — The new chief weapons inspector in Iraq told Congress on Tuesday that a lack of cooperation from ousted Iraqi officials was thwarting American efforts to untangle the many remaining mysteries surrounding Iraq's suspected illicit weapons program. In the public version of testimony delivered behind closed doors to two Senate committees on Tuesday, the inspector, Charles A. Duelfer, acknowledged that American inspectors had still not found any evidence of an illicit arsenal. But he seemed less inclined...
  • 9 Iraqi scientists murdered in past 4 months

    02/28/2004 3:32:47 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 9 replies · 153+ views
    worldnetdaily.com ^ | February 26, 2004 - 1:00 a.m. Eastern | GEOSTRATEGY-DIRECT INTELLIGENCE BRIEF
    A senior Iraqi scientist who had been involved in Iraq's nuclear program was found murdered in Baghdad recently, according to U.S. officials. It was the ninth assassination of Iraqi scientists in the past four months, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service. The last killing was that of Iraqi aeronautical scientist Muhyi Hussein. Majid Hussein Ali, a professor at the College of Science at Baghdad University, was found dead in the Raghibah Khatun. He had been shot twice in the back. The assassins are believed to be former members of Saddam Hussein's government. The killing appears to be part of...
  • US sponsors Iraqi scientists

    12/31/2003 8:41:29 PM PST · by TrebleRebel · 3 replies · 116+ views
    The Scientist ^ | 12/31/2003 | Sam Jaffe
    $22 million program would provide employment for former weapons researchers The U.S. State Department earlier this month announced a new program to provide at least $22 million in funding for Iraqi weapons scientists to conduct more peaceful research. The program promises to keep such scientists in Iraq and working on benign projects. Although no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, more than a thousand Ph.D.'s were trained in the black arts of making nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, according to Jonathan Tucker, a bioterror expert at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Only five of them are still...
  • Saddam Threatens to Expose US

    12/26/2003 2:31:11 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 89 replies · 173+ views
    Arab News ^ | 12/27/03 | P.K. Abdul Ghafour
    JEDDAH, 27 December 2003 — Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, now being grilled by American investigators, has reportedly warned US authorities that he will expose Washington’s “political games” and its behind-the-scene role in the occupation of Kuwait. “Saddam threatened that if they continue to pressure him he will reveal startling facts — about America’s political games with his country — that would shock the whole world,” Al-Watan Arabic daily quoted a high-level European source as saying. The source said Saddam had stopped answering the investigators’ questions and asked them to “give him enough time to clear his mind.” He did...
  • 'Saddam's bombmaker' hit in assassination attempt

    12/26/2003 12:03:51 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 156+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, December 26, 2003 | Sherrie Gossett
    OPERATION: IRAQI FREEDOM'Saddam's bombmaker' hit in assassination attemptHamza touted as authoritative source on nuclear program Posted: December 25, 20033:13 p.m. Eastern By Sherrie Gossett© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com An Iraqi newspaper – Iraq of Tomorrow – along with Iraqi scientists and members of the expatriate community are reporting that U.S. emissary Khidhir Hamza, has been the victim of a bomb attack. Hamza is often referred to in the West as "Saddam's Bombmaker" after the title of his best-selling autobiography of the same name, that portrayed his rise to leader of the Iraqi nuclear bomb program. A roadside bomb was placed in one of Hamza's...
  • NOW KHADAFY CLOSING IN ON NUKE CAPABILITY: SHARON

    09/08/2002 1:18:37 AM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 383+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/08/02 | URI DAN
    <p>LIBYA'S Colonel Moammar Khadafy has been secretly developing nuclear-weapons capability and may acquire it before Iraq.</p> <p>Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon disclosed this less-than-heartwarming news in interviews before last week's Rosh Hashanah holiday weekend.</p> <p>But he added, "Israel may be the best-prepared country in the world against the danger of a chemical or biological offensive."</p>
  • U.S. to put (Iraqi) ex-weapons experts to work

    12/18/2003 9:56:25 PM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 105+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/19/03 | David R. Sands
    <p>The Bush administration yesterday announced a program to spend up to $22 million over the next two years to find nonmilitary jobs for Iraqi scientists, researchers and technicians who had worked on Saddam Hussein's chemical, nuclear and biological weapons programs.</p>
  • Iraqi Scientists Now on U.S. Payroll

    12/18/2003 11:32:14 AM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 138+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 18 2003 | BARRY SCHWEID/AP
    WASHINGTON - Hundreds of Iraqi scientists who worked on nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs for Saddam Hussein will be paid by the United States to work on postwar projects, partly to keep them from selling their deadly expertise elsewhere. The two-year program will begin with a $2 million U.S. contribution, and the United States may provide an additional $20 million later on, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher announced Thursday. It will prevent the scientists "from providing their expertise to countries of concern or groups of concern," he said. The program has some similarities to the U.S. hiring of German...
  • Iraqi Missile Scientist Says He's Been Working With British Military and Had Not Fled to Iran

    12/15/2003 11:52:53 AM PST · by knak · 1 replies · 96+ views
    ap ^ | 12/15/03
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - An Iraqi scientist who headed Saddam Hussein's missile program has been meeting with the British military in Iraq and he said he didn't flee to Iran as believed by U.S. weapons hunters. Modher Sadeq-Saba al-Tamimi said in an interview with The Associated Press that he tried several times to reach the American teams searching for weapons of mass destruction. Once, in July, he asked a friend who had already met with American missile experts to set up a meeting for him but the Americans never showed up. Later, he said, his British handlers assured him that...
  • U.S. Still Holds 8 Iraq Arms Experts

    12/08/2003 1:14:01 PM PST · by TexKat · 64+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/08/03 | DAFNA LINZER,
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - All but eight of the dozens of Iraqi scientists who have been questioned or detained as part of the hunt for weapons of mass destruction have been released by U.S. intelligence, officials at the American-run Science Ministry in Baghdad told The Associated Press. Those who remain in custody were involved years ago with former biological programs such as anthrax, suggesting the U.S.-led weapons hunt is holding out hope for success in that area after finding no evidence there were recent chemical or nuclear weapons programs before the war. Many Iraqi scientists in those fields who claimed for...
  • Iraq Scientists: Lied About Nuke Weapons

    11/30/2003 11:09:10 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 221+ views
    AP?Yahoo ^ | 11-30-2003 | Charles J. Hanley
    Iraq Scientists: Lied About Nuke Weapons By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent Iraqi scientists never revived their long-dead nuclear bomb program, and in fact lied to Saddam Hussein about how much progress they were making before U.S.-led attacks shut the operation down for good in 1991, Iraqi physicists say. Before that first Gulf War , the chief of the weapons program resorted to "blatant exaggeration" in telling Iraq' s president how much bomb material was being produced, key scientist Imad Khadduri writes in a new book. Other leading physicists, in Baghdad interviews, said the hope for an Iraqi atomic...
  • Iraqi Scientists Sought for Questioning

    03/22/2003 1:20:06 PM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 222+ views
    AP | 3/22/03 | DAFNA LINZER
    Iraqi Scientists Sought for Questioning By DAFNA LINZER .c The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - The United States will soon be hunting down and interrogating hundreds of Iraqi scientists, technicians and others who were involved in Iraq's clandestine weapons programs, hoping they will help in the search for chemical, biological or nuclear materials. The general running the war in Iraq said Saturday he is certain those responsible - and the weapons they created - will be found. ``There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction,'' Gen. Tommy Franks said at a briefing...
  • Iraqi Academy of Science forms

    11/27/2003 8:34:14 PM PST · by visualops · 8 replies · 115+ views
    The Scientist ^ | November 27, 2003 | By Stephen Pincock
    Iraqi Academy of Science forms Leading scientists want to direct research toward the benefit of the Iraqi people | By Stephen Pincock    LONDON—Iraqi scientists are meeting here over the next two days (November 27-28) to begin the process of setting up an independent Academy of Science.The 12 leading researchers, nine of whom still work in Iraq, are holding their inaugural meeting at Britain's Royal Society because of the current security situation in Baghdad. Their goal is to establish a free voice for Iraqi science after decades of abuse under Saddam Hussein."The Iraqi Academy of Science will be an...
  • The Iraqi scientist who headed Saddam Hussein's long-range missile program... (flees to Iran)

    11/16/2003 10:32:02 AM PST · by knak · 10 replies · 181+ views
    boston.com ^ | 11/16/03
    <p>The Iraqi scientist who headed Saddam Hussein's long-range missile program has fled to neighboring Iran, a country identified as a state sponsor of terrorism with a successful missile program and nuclear ambitions, U.S. officers involved in the weapons hunt told The Associated Press.</p>
  • 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...