Skip to comments.Coalition offers 10 million dollars for capture of Saddam's number two
Posted on 11/19/2003 7:45:50 AM PST by ds03
BAGHDAD, Nov 19 (AFP) - The US-led coalition published Wednesday a wanted poster for Saddam Hussein's number two -- Izzat Ibrahim -- and offering a 10-million-dollar reward for his capture.
"Information leading to the capture of Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri is worth up to 10 million dollars," says the black poster carrying his photograph saluting in military uniform.
The 61-year-old former vice-president of Iraq's once all-powerful Revolution Command Council and long-time Saddam ally is suspected of coordinating attacks on coalition forces and masterminding an unholy alliance between Islamic militants and Baath party loyalists.
"Report any information to coalition authorities. Apprehending former regime members is vital to the safety and security of Iraq," the poster says, urging people to contact the authorities by telephone or by e-mail at tipsAorha.centcom.mil.
A religious conservative regularly filmed worshipping at Baghdad's main mosques during his years in power, Ibrahim oversaw the ruling Baath's abandonment of its secular principles in the years after the 1991 Gulf War in favour of the language of anti-US fundamentalism.
A survivor of successive purges, he is the only Iraqi official still at large to have taken part alongside Saddam in the 1968 coup that brought their Baath party to power.
Born, like the ousted strongman, in the Tikrit district north of the capital, Ibrahim also has tribal connections in the Mosul region further north through his daughter-in-law's family.
Not a military man by training, Ibrahim was nonetheless given the honorary rank of lieutenant general and made deputy commander of the armed forces and commander of the northern region.
Kurdish officials say he has maintained close ties with a network of former army officers and loyalist militiamen who have been carrying out attacks across north-central Iraq.
The ousted Iraqi president is also still on the run, with a 25-million-dollar bounty on his head.
Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay were killed in a raid by US forces in the city of Mosul on July 22. They carried a total reward of 30 million dollars which was reportedly paid to an informer who was ghosted out of Iraq for his safety.
Izzat all there is?
Izzat all there is?
Then let's turn him in, my friends,
Collect ten million, and have a ball.
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