Iraq's 'Missile Man' surrenders to U.S.

The former oil minister in Saddam Hussein's regime surrendered Monday to U.S.-led forces, the U.S. Central Command said

The former oil minister and missile expert in Saddam Hussein's regime surrendered Monday to American-led forces, the U.S. Central Command said.

Amer Mohammad Rashid is in U.S. custody, the command said. Rashid is a former Iraqi army general sometimes referred to as "Missile Man." He was Saddam's expert on weapons delivery systems.

His wife, Dr. Rihab Taha, is a microbiologist who was in charge of the secret Iraqi lab that weaponized anthrax, botulinum toxin and aflotoxin.

Taha, sometimes called "Dr. Germ," is also sought by U.S. forces, but they can't find her.

Saddam's news agency reported that Rashid had retired last year at the age of 65.

He is Number 47 on the U.S. list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqi officials and was depicted on the six of spades in the deck of cards issued to U.S.-led forces.

The U.S. statement spelled the former minister's name Amir Rashid Muhammad al-Ubaydi, which is different from the traditional spelling used by Iraq's news agency.