Salih Mahdi Ammash, dubbed Mrs. Anthrax (file photo) (epa)
25 December 2005 -- Iraqi officials say they want to re-arrest two weapons scientists who had been reportedly released by U.S. forces.
Last week, the U.S. military said they had released a number of former officials in Saddam Hussein's government.
They provided no details on their identity, but said the detainees were freed because they "no longer posed a security threat."
However reports said they include Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, nicknamed by the U.S. "Mrs. Anthrax," and Rihab Taha, also known as "Dr. Germ." Both women worked in Saddam Hussein's biological weapons program.
Iraqi newspapers today quoted national security council adviser Muwaffaq al-Rubaie as saying the two were responsible for crimes committed under the regime of former President Hussein.
A protester in Baghdad carries a picture of a relative killed at Al-Dujayl (AFP file photo)
Former Iraqi dictator SADDAM HUSSEIN
and seven of his associates went on trial on October 19, 2005, on charges of crimes against humanity for the regime's role in the deaths of 148 residents from the town of Al-Dujayl, and the imprisonment of 1,500 others following a botched assassination attempt against Hussein there on July 8, 1982. Following the arrests and deportations, the regime leveled the town... (more)
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