Izzat everyone caught now then?


From BBCi:
The man described as Saddam Hussein's enforcer has been captured in a joint US-Iraqi raid in the north of the country, Iraq's defence ministry says.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was apparently arrested on Saturday while receiving treatment at a clinic near Tikrit.

Officials said 70 of his supporters were killed and dozens more arrested as they tried to prevent his capture.

Mr Douri had been the most senior figure in the former regime still at large, and the most wanted.

He is now said to be in American custody, though the US military has not yet confirmed his arrest.

Mr Douri was Saddam Hussein's number two in the Revolutionary Command Council, and was sixth on the list of 55 most wanted members of the regime. The top five have all been captured or killed.

He is accused of financing insurgent groups, and has a $10m price tag on his head.

The BBC's Paul Wood in Baghdad says it is not clear whether anyone has claimed the reward - in other words, whether he was betrayed by someone who was part of his inner circle, as were Saddam Hussein's two sons.

Tikrit is his home town, as well as that of Saddam Hussein, and our correspondent says he would have been hoping to rely on family or tribal connections there to stay at large.

Reuters news agency reported that Shia Muslims in Baghdad fired guns into the air in celebration at the capture. Most members of the Baathist ruling class were Sunni Muslims.

Mr Douri was one of the key plotters who brought the Baathist Party to power in 1968.

Twenty years later, he held a senior post on the committee responsible for northern Iraq when chemical weapons were used, killing thousands of Kurds.

War crimes charges have been issued against him in Austria.
This from Reuters. Let's hope it is, though I'm not convinced it'll make the slightest bit of difference to the problems in Iraq.

" Iraq checking if Saddam aide held
Sun 5 September, 2004 20:03

By Waleed Ibrahim and Tom Perry

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's government is scrambling to confirm whether the most wanted Saddam Hussein aide still on the run has been captured, as confident statements that he had been seized gave way to doubt and confusion.

The Defence Ministry said on Sunday Izzat Ibrahim al Douri, who was sixth on a U.S. list of the 55 most wanted members of Saddam's administration and had a $10 million (5.6 million pound) price on his head, was arrested in Tikrit, Saddam's former powerbase north of Baghdad.

Two Iraqi ministers said Ibrahim was caught in a bloody raid in which 150 of his supporters tried to prevent his capture.

Iraqi Minister of State Wael Abdul al-Latif said it was "75 to 90 percent certain" the captured man was Ibrahim, adding that 70 of the former official's supporters were killed and 80 were captured when they tried to thwart his arrest.

He said Arabs from outside Iraq had been among those protecting Ibrahim, who was suffering from leukaemia.

"He's in a very deteriorated state of health," Latif said.

Latif said U.S.-backed Iraqi forces captured Ibrahim, but the U.S. military said it had no knowledge of such an operation and the fugitive was not in U.S. custody. In Washington, White house spokesman Trent Duffy said: "We're still trying to confirm (Ibrahim's capture). We've seen the news reports."

The provincial Iraqi National Guard commander in Tikrit said none of his men were involved in any capture mission.

"We have no information. No units of ours took part in such an operation," Major General Ahmed Khalaf Salman said.

There was also no sign around Tikrit of any battle involving dozens killed.

An aide to Iraq's prime minister said DNA tests were under way to confirm whether a man in Iraqi custody was Ibrahim.

"We cannot confirm it is Ibrahim al-Douri until we get the DNA tests back and we match them. They are still doing the DNA tests. A committee of Americans and Iraqis will be conducting the DNA tests," he told Reuters.


In a deck of cards issued to U.S. troops to help them identify fugitives, Ibrahim was the King of Clubs.

Reports that Ibrahim was captured spread fast in Baghdad, and in some districts residents fired in the air in celebration.

"He is the symbol of the former regime," said retired civil servant Abbas al-Kabbi, 50. "It is the end of a bloody criminal regime."

Minister of State Kasim Daoud told a news conference in Kuwait that the attempt by scores of people to prevent the arrest confirmed the man was a major figure in the insurgency.

"The presence of the 150 people or more in the area, some of whom tried to defend him, indicates he was supervising terrorist factions that tried to harm civilians and to stop the democratic growth of the Iraqi homeland," Daoud said. But Tikrit residents said they had seen no signs of any battle.

Ibrahim was Saddam's number two in the Revolutionary Command Council and held a senior post on a government committee in charge of northern Iraq when chemical weapons were used against the town of Halabja in 1988, killing thousands of Kurds.

The red-haired Ibrahim was born in 1942 near Tikrit, some 160 km (100 miles) north of Baghdad, the son of an ice seller. He was one of Saddam's top aides and most trusted confidants.

His daughter was briefly married to Saddam's elder son Uday.

The top five on the U.S. most wanted list, including Saddam, his sons Uday and Qusay, and "Chemical Ali" Hassan al-Majid, have already been captured or killed.

Daoud said trials of Saddam and other top members of the regime would begin soon. "Saddam Hussein and his band will stand trials within a period of weeks," he said.

If Ibrahim's arrest is confirmed, the news will be a welcome boost for Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's U.S.-backed interim government as it tries to stamp out guerrilla attacks plaguing efforts to rebuild the country and to tackle a hostage crisis."
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