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Posted: 9/5/2004 9:28:13 AM EDT
Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri is reported in custody… unconfirmed.


Iraqi officials: Leading Iraqi fugitive captured

U.S. cannot confirm Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri is in custody

Sunday, September 5, 2004 Posted: 10:54 AM EDT (1454 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The Iraqi Defense Ministry said Sunday that Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, deputy commander of armed forces under Saddam Hussein, was captured near Tikrit by the Iraqi national guard and U.S. troops.

But the Pentagon had no immediate confirmation, and a senior Pentagon official expressed some doubt about the report.

A spokesman for the U.S.-led Multi-National Forces in Iraq said al-Douri was not in the their custody and that officials had not been able to verify word of al-Duri's capture.

Late last year there was a mix-up when reports broke of al-Duri's capture, but it turned out to be someone else with a similar name.

An Iraqi official said Iraq was conducting a blood test to assure they had Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri in custody.

He is the highest-level Iraqi official not yet captured.

Last November, the U.S. military announced a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture.
The military said al-Duri was organizing many attacks by insurgents in Iraq.

Al-Duri is number six on the U.S. military's list of 55 most wanted Iraqi officials, which described him as vice chairman of Saddam's Revolutionary Command Council.

He is the king of clubs on the U.S. military's card deck showing wanted Iraqi officials.

Four of al-Duri's nephews were captured in January in Samarra. The U.S. Central Command said they were suspected of providing him with transportation and hiding places.

Al-Duri, a longtime Baath Party leader, was instrumental in helping Saddam come to power in a 1968 coup.

US officals say he was also involved in Saddam's decision to use chemical weapons against Kurds in northern Iraq in 1988. That attack killed 5,000 people and left 10,000 severely injured -- many blinded, maimed or disfigured.

Iraqi Justice Minister Malik Dohan al-Hassan had warned that al-Duri could face trial in absentia if he was not found.

Link Posted: 9/5/2004 9:34:40 AM EDT
AWESOME! He is one of the last few of Saddam's inner circle that we haven't caught, and he's probably been leading the Baathist resistance. I figured he was in Syria somewhere. Good news
Link Posted: 9/5/2004 9:36:41 AM EDT
I read this on Fox website early this morning,and then it dissapeared.

I hope its true.
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