A very interesting piece of information in this New York Times article by Judith Miller, titled, “Aftereffects: Weapons, Woman on Most Wanted List of 55 Iraqi Leaders is Seized.”
“Dr. Nissar Hindawi, a pioneer of Iraq’s germ weapon program, said in an interview late last week that Dr. Ammash was part of Iraq’s illicit germ warfare program. He said he had been told by colleagues that Dr. Ammash had fled to Syria before the war along with another senior woman in the germ warfare program, Dr. Rihab Taha.”
Perhaps it was just a friendly offer of safe harbor by Syria, or perhaps it was done with the assistance of bribed Syrian officials. It may indicate WMD was sent to Syria from Iraq, or that expertise (but no weapons) were sent. No matter what the case is, it is clear that the opportunity was there for such a transfer to occur, and until the U.S. receives an honest inventory from the Assad regime as to what came in from Iraq, we’ll never know for sure the true status of Saddam’s WMD programs.