US Helps Looters Destroy Scientific Centres to Prevent Renaissance

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CAIRO, April 12 ? Appealing to the world community to protect them from
the U.S. aggression aimed at obliterating Iraq?s minds, a number of
Iraqi scientists and university professors sent an SOS e-mail
complaining American occupation forces were threatening their lives. 

In their e-mail, a copy of which was sent to Friday,
April 11, they said they have dictated their message to a respected
Iraqi scientist in the Netherlands over phone, urging him to circulate
it to all parties concerned to protect them from the arbitrary inquires
and arrests by the U.S. occupation forces. 

Iraqi scientists asserted that occupation troops demanded them,
particularly physicists, chemists and mathematicians, to hand over all
documents and researches in their possession. 

The appeal message also said that looting and robberies were being taken
place under the watchful eye of the occupation soldiers. 

The occupation soldiers, the e-mail added, are transporting mobs to the
scientific institutions, such as Mosul University and different
educational institutions, to destroy scientific research centers and
confiscate all papers and documents to nip in the bud any Iraqi
scientific renaissance. 

The frantic scientists also underlined that some of them were placed
under house arrest and deprived of going to their laboratories and

Some of them were also approached by agents from the U.S. Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) to entice them away to foreign scientific
centers, the message cautioned. 

The e-mail also noted that occupation forces had drawn up lists of the
names, addresses and researches of the Iraqi scientists to assist them
in their harassment tasks in light of the chaos and anarchy that sit in
after the toppling of the Iraqi regime on April, 9. 

Reports Claim Scientists Fled To Syria 

As part of the "concerted campaign" campaign against Syria, The
Washington Times newspaper claimed Saturday, April 12, that some of
Iraq's top scientists have already fled their country and are in Syria,
from where they may seek political safety in France. 

Quoting U.S. administration officials, the American paper said there are
intelligence reports that Iraqi scientists are seeking safety in France.

According to the daily, U.S. officials declined to put a number on how
many Iraqi weapons scientists have entered Syria, but estimated it is
fewer than 10 at this point. 

Among those claimed to have made it to Syria are Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash
and Rihab Taha, both top scientists in Iraq's alleged biological-weapons
program, said The Washington Times. 

The two women are notable not only for their scientific expertise, but
also because they attained senior positions among the male-dominated
Ba'ath Party, the paper said. 

Mrs. Taha, a British-trained microbiologist, is married to Iraq's oil
minister Amir Rashid Mohammed Ubaydi, on the American most-wanted list
of 55. 

The Times claims she ran Iraq's biological-warfare program at a research
lab in the town of Hakam beginning in the mid-1980s. 

Mrs. Taha was not listed, although she is wanted for questioning. 

Mrs. Ammash has been photographed at Saddam's Cabinet meetings, and at a
meeting with his son, Qusay, according the U.S. daily. 

On Friday, April 11, Mrs. Ammash's picture and name were listed by the
U.S. Central Command as one of 55 ?most-wanted? Iraqis. 

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has warned Syria several times
publicly to stop helping the Iraqi regime, asserting that some Iraqi
leaders had fled to the country. 

Source: & News Agencies

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