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But this past weekend, after more than 2½ years in detention, the scientists were quietly released without charges, a legal official in Baghdad said.
U.N. inspectors had given Taha the nickname "Dr. Germ" for her work in running the Iraqi biological weapons facility where scientists produced anthrax and botulinum toxin in the 1980s. Taha has said that Iraq never planned to use the biological agents it produced during that time.
Ammash was dubbed "Mrs. Anthrax" for her alleged role in trying to develop biological weapons. She was No. 39, or the five of hearts, on U.S. military's deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqis – the only woman on the list.