"The women admitted working on Saddam’s biological and germ warfare projects but said such weapons were destroyed long before the U.S. invasion.
Baghdad lawyer Badia Aref said Taha and Ammash were among 26 senior detainees in the process of being released. U.S. military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson said eight "high-value detainees" had been freed on Saturday, and were among 27 senior prisoners judged to be eligible for release.
The U.S. State Department said Taha was released because U.S. forces could not justify keeping her as a security threat. "Her internment was no longer necessary for imperative reasons of security," State Department spokesman Justin Higgins said." Reuters
I smell a deal, folks. The US has now decided that it can not afford to see a long term political victory and control of the Iraqi government by the Shia religious parties (SCIRI, Dawa, Sadrists). What is the solution for us? It is to try to promote a coalition between the secular nationalists under Ayad Allawi and the non Jihadi insurgents and their Baathi and "rejectionist" supporters in the political world (read Sinn Fein here). This discussion has been ongoing and I would bet anyone lunch at the watering hole of their choice that the other side has asked for a "gesture of good faith."
My congratulations to whomever is working on this. A coalition of these people under Allawi might keep Iraq out of Iran’s orbit. Will the Shia religious parties accept such an outcome? Probably not, but this is important and it might as well be "sorted out" now.