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February 07, 2003

Maybe the US should stop US Aid to Egypt... NOW

The always helpful Gabrielle Goldwater has this piece that is but another indication of how the Arab world plays a double game with the U.S.

WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Egypt has rejected a U.S. request to interview Egyptian engineers and scientists employed in Iraq's nuclear program.

U.S. officials said the regime of President Hosni Mubarak failed to respond to Washington's appeals for information of and access to Egyptian nationals employed in Iraq's nuclear program.

The officials said after repeated U.S. efforts the Cairo government responded that it viewed Egyptian nationals
who work in Iraq as private citizens.

"They said they would not get involved and refused to help us locate them or provide information so we could reach them ourselves," a U.S. official said.

Officials said that late last year the U.S. intelligence community received information of the employment of dozens of Egyptian engineers and scientistsin Iraq's nuclear program.

Some of the names of the Egyptians matched a list provided by Iraq to the United Nations of more than 500 scientists who worked in Baghdad's nuclear program.
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