Wissam al-Zahawie


Wissam al-Zahawie

Wissam al-Zahawie was a former official in Saddam Hussein's Baathist Iraq government who held many offices including that of Iraq's non-resident Ambassador to the Vatican and Iraq's Ambassador to the United Nations.

Al-Zahawie was alleged to have been involved with Saddam Hussein's efforts to acquire yellowcake uranium from Niger in Africa. This alleged attempt by Hussein to purchase uranium is highly controversial, with skeptics commonly stating that the claim has been discredited and/or is generally considered to have been the product of an elaborate hoax, and with supporters of Coalition efforts in Iraq stating that the claim is in fact true. Al-Zahawie himself denies the claim, stating that he was in Niger to get the president of that country to visit Baghdad, and not to arrange for purchases of yellowcake in violation of the UN embargo. [http://www.iaea.org/worldatom/Programmes/ActionTeam/nwp2.html]

Al-Zahawie is known to be a fan of Western classical music, especially that of Bach and Mozart.

External links

* [http://www.slate.com/id/2143704/nav/tap2/ Wissam al-Zahawie responds to Christopher Hitchens]
* [http://www.slate.com/id/2144017/ Hitchen's response to al-Zahawie]
* [http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,491666,00.html/ Saddam's Niger Point-man Speaks] Time Magazine


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