Saturday, April 12, 2003

Dr. Germ and Mrs. Anthrax
According to the Washington Times, Iraqi weapons scientists have fled to Syria, including Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, known as "Mrs. Anthrax" and Rihab Taha, known as "Dr. Germ." According to Andrew and Patrick Cocburn in their book Out of the Ashes, in 1993 the former arms inspector Rolf Ekeus brought Taha together with her future husband, Amer Rashid, in New York:

Love bloomed on the East River, Rashid left his wife, and he and Dr. Taha were married shortly afterward. "I was the matchmaker for this dreadful pair." says Ekeus ruefully."

Ammash is one of 55 Iraqis on a list the U.S. publicized yesterday of individuals wanted for possible war crimes. So is Rashid, who was Iraq's oil minister. Taha is merely wanted for questioning. If the information is true, there are hard days ahead for Syria, which must surely have wondered up to what level of Iraqi officials it could welcome.

On another note, the same Times story suggests some Iraqi weapons scientists were seeking refuge in France, though the administration official cited asked to remain anonymous, suggesting that might not be confirmed.

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