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Iraq, U.S. Differ on Prisoner Release

In a sign of confusion over who runs post-Hussein Iraq, the United States on Wednesday contradicted an announcement by an Iraqi government ministry that a female Iraqi scientist in U.S. custody would soon be released. The Iraqi announcement Wednesday morning came in the midst of a crisis involving a British hostage and seemed to address kidnappers’ demands that Iraqi female prisoners be released. Within hours, U.S. Embassy officials were denying that any release was imminent. Senior Iraqi officials later backtracked, declaring that Rihab Taha, nicknamed “Dr. Germ” for her alleged biological-weapons research, would no longer be freed on bail. Full Story

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