- The Washington Times - Friday, January 17, 2003

BAGHDAD (AP) An Iraqi scientist yesterday accompanied U.N. experts to a field outside Baghdad where together they inspected what appeared to be a man-made mound of earth.
The incident unprecedented since inspectors in Iraq resumed their search for banned nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in November came after the U.N. experts went through documents outside the scientist's house and had a heated discussion with Iraqi liaison officials.
"I'm not happy about all of this," Dimitri Perricos, a team leader among the U.N. experts, could be heard telling the Iraqis as he got into a vehicle with the scientist physicist Faleh Hassan, who carried a box stuffed with documents and an Iraqi official.
The inspections at the Baghdad homes of Mr. Hassan and his next-door neighbor, nuclear scientist Shaker el-Jibouri, were the first at private houses. At 9 a.m., inspectors cordoned off their street in Baghdad's al-Ghazalia neighborhood, then entered the homes.
The experts were later seen going through documents at a table set up near Mr. Hassan's front door and having an animated discussion with Iraqi liaison officials.
At the end of the six-hour visit, the silver-haired Mr. Hassan a physicist and director of a military installation that specializes in laser development got into a U.N. car with Mr. Perricos and an Iraqi official.
They drove in a convoy about 10 miles west of Baghdad and stopped at an agricultural area known as al-Salamiyat. There, Mr. Hassan, two inspectors and a liaison officer crossed a footbridge over a canal to a bare field that contained what appeared to be a man-made mound.
The group spent about five minutes looking at the mound before returning to the vehicles and heading back to Baghdad. There, Mr. Hassan along with several Iraqi liaison officers were seen entering a hotel where some inspectors are living, carrying the box the size of a small television set visibly stuffed with documents.
The inspectors, as is usual, did not speak with reporters and it was not clear why they were interested in the mound.


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