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Saddam Deputy Possibly Captured or Killed (Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri)
MSNBC | 12/02/03 | Reuters

Posted on 12/02/2003 2:40:46 AM PST by GulliverSwift

I just saw something on MSNBC that Saddam Hussein's top deputy may have been captured or killed.

Here's an older article about the search for him:

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US launches massive search in northern Iraq for Saddam's deputy

KIRKUK, Iraq (AFP) - The US military launched a massive search operation around Iraq (news - web sites)'s northern oil centre overnight in its intensifying hunt for Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, a senior police official said.

"It's the biggest search operation ever launched around here," the official in Kirkuk told AFP, asking not be identified.

"They're searching for Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri and other top officials of the former regime following intelligence reports he was in the region," said the official.

The operation was concentrated on the town of Hawijah, 45 kilometres (nearly 30 miles) to the west of Kirkuk, and the village of Rashad, 60 kilometres (nearly 40 miles) to the south, he added.

Duri is Saddam's longtime deputy and alleged paymaster of many attacks on US-led coalition troops. He is the highest-ranking official of the former regime still at large, apart from the ousted president himself.

Earlier this month, US commanders posted a 10-million-dollar bounty on Duri's head and sent in warplanes to destroy two of his homes near the town of Samarra further south that they charged had been used to mount attacks.


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1 posted on 12/02/2003 2:40:47 AM PST by GulliverSwift
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To: GulliverSwift
Tuning in but haven't found it.
2 posted on 12/02/2003 2:43:41 AM PST by MEG33
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To: MEG33
Here's an article posted by kattracks

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1032180/posts
3 posted on 12/02/2003 2:46:03 AM PST by GulliverSwift (Howard Dean is the Joker's long-lost twin.)
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To: GulliverSwift; kattracks
I heard it on MSNBC just now..
4 posted on 12/02/2003 2:47:11 AM PST by MEG33
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To: MEG33
FOX NEWS ALERT!

Report: Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri Possibly Caught


5 posted on 12/02/2003 2:49:52 AM PST by RobFromGa (Bring Us Your Talented Individuals, Your Visionaries Yearning to Be Free. Keep the Huddled Masses)
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To: GulliverSwift; kattracks
You beat Kattracks. Has that ever been done before?
6 posted on 12/02/2003 2:49:52 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: GulliverSwift
Top Saddam Deputy Possibly Caught, Politician Says

Dec. 2 — BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Izzat Ibrahim, a top lieutenant of Saddam Hussein and one of the most wanted men in Iraq, may have been killed or captured in a U.S. raid in the city of Kirkuk, a member of the Governing Council said Tuesday. "There was a major action against a highly suspicious objective last night in Kirkuk and it is very possible that Izzat Ibrahim has been captured or killed," Mowaffaq al-Rubaie said, adding that he had been in contact with U.S. forces. There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Army. The U.S. military said last month that Ibrahim was directly involved in attacks on U.S. troops, and put a $10 million price on his head. U.S. forces said they detained Ibrahim's wife and daughter in the town of Samarra. November was the deadliest month for American troops since the start of the war that ousted Saddam, with at least 74 killed in action. Occupying forces also suffered their deadliest single attack during the month, a car bombing in the southern town of Nassiriya that killed 19 Italians and nine Iraqis. A reward of $25 million is still outstanding for information leading to the capture or death of Saddam.


7 posted on 12/02/2003 2:50:47 AM PST by kattracks
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To: GulliverSwift
While we wait...

SADDAM'S ASSASSIN

Dec 2 2003

Dictator's loyal pal is leading attacks on US troops

By Keith Mcleod

RUTHLESS hardliner Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is now the most wanted man in Iraq after Saddam Hussein himself. US intelligence sources believe Saddam's henchman orchestrated many of the attacks on Allied soldiers since the war ended, including yesterday's assaults on two US convoys in the northern city of Samarra.

Soldiers killed 46 Iraqis many of whom were wearing the black uniforms of the Fedayeen militia during the co-ordinated strikes.

Middle East expert for military magazine Jane's Defence Weekly, Hazhir Teimourian, said: ''My sources in the Kurdish regions to the north say al-Douri has tried to flee the country but has been thwarted.

''He obviously feels he has no alternative but to attack American and softer civilian targets.''

Al-Douri, 61, was Saddam's most trusted aide during 30 years of dictatorship.

He was one of the key plotters of the 1968 revolution in Iraq that brought the Baath Party to power.

He held the key role of deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces and was also vice-chairman of the revolutionary command council.

Al-Douri was one of Iraq's most aggressive hawks during the eightyear war with neighbouring Iran, which cost hundreds of thousands of lives with no gain for either side.

Within months of that war ending in 1988, he turned his attention to Kurds in northern Iraq.

Thousands of men, women and children were killed in a chemical attack on the town of Halabja.

At the start of the 1991 Gulf war, as a chilling warning to other Kurds not to rise up against Saddam, al-Douri told them: ''If you have forgotten Halabja, we are ready to repeat the operation.''

The son of an ice seller, al-Douri was born in 1942 near Tikrit, Saddam's home city.

He joined the Baath Party and quickly moved up the ranks.

After planning the 1968 coup, he served as both agriculture and interior minister.

In the latter role, he gained a fearful reputation as the regime'senforcer. Ordinary Iraqis who were seen as any kind of threat were arrested in the middle of the night and tortured under his reign of terror.

Despite his distinctive ginger hair, unusual for an Iraqi, and suffering from leukaemia in recent years, al-Douri has proved an elusive target for his enemies, though he has had a few lucky escapes.

He narrowly survived an assassination attempt at Karbala in 1998. And, in 1999, while in Viennagetting treatment for his cancer, he was almost arrested on war crimes charges. He fled Austria just before being served with a warrant.

Al-Douri, whose daughter was married to Saddam's son Uday, was given responsibility for the Mosul military zone in the north when the war started earlier this year.

Last week, his wife and daughter were arrested by US forces.

Teimourian added: ''Everyone thought thecancerwould kill al-Douri but he seems to have recovered.

''It is difficult for him to run because, with his distinctive looks, Syria wants nothing to do with him.

''He is and always has been a thug andayes-man to Saddam. He has held high office but these were really nominal positions since all decisions were made by Saddam or his sons.

''He owes everything to his dogged loyalty to Saddam.

''Even when Uday humiliated al-Douri's daughter in a very public way in ending their marriage, he remained loyal to the regime.''

 


8 posted on 12/02/2003 2:51:52 AM PST by RobFromGa (Bring Us Your Talented Individuals, Your Visionaries Yearning to Be Free. Keep the Huddled Masses)
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To: RobFromGa
Thanks.Hope we have him.
9 posted on 12/02/2003 2:55:49 AM PST by MEG33
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To: kattracks
Samarra is the town where our troops recently aced a bunch of those fedeyeen. I wouldn't be surprised if al Duri was in the area.

Also, take note of this snippet from another article on the guy - in light of the months we heard from the libs that IRaq was secular and couldn't possibly work with Islamicist terrorists...:

Duri, now 61, was the prime mover behind the ousted regime's adoption of Islamist rhetoric through the 1990s and stands accused by the coalition of playing a leading role in the persistent attacks on its troops.

If I remember right it there have been articles about that said the Iraqi VP who played go-between with Iraq and al Qaeda.

10 posted on 12/02/2003 2:56:12 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: GulliverSwift
Allah, paging Allah: 72 more virgins needed, STAT!!
11 posted on 12/02/2003 2:59:12 AM PST by bullseye1911 (Artificial intelligence doesn't impress me, I'm waiting for artificial cunning.)
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To: leadpenny
LOL.

It would be nice if this story can get officially confirmed.
12 posted on 12/02/2003 3:03:02 AM PST by GulliverSwift (Howard Dean is the Joker's long-lost twin.)
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To: GulliverSwift
Some say its possibly his liason officers that were captured..Fox from Baghdad says tracking it down to comfirm big guy capture.Mentioned they have captured his physician.
13 posted on 12/02/2003 3:08:50 AM PST by MEG33
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To: GulliverSwift
Jim Maceda referred to him as #6, the King of Clubs. Charles McCord said he had been the #2 under Saddam. Dead or Alive, Maceda said it is "a really big catch."

Imus asked him if there is any reaction to Hillary's visit. Maceda said, "not really."
14 posted on 12/02/2003 3:13:41 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: MEG33
Hopefully they have caught this piece of sh!t, preferably alive...but I won't shed too many tears if he's worm food.
15 posted on 12/02/2003 3:14:51 AM PST by GOPyouth (De Oppresso Liber! Heather Nauert is all that is woman!)
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To: leadpenny
Imus asked him if there is any reaction to Hillary's visit. Maceda said, "not really."

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Heheh.
16 posted on 12/02/2003 3:14:53 AM PST by GulliverSwift (Howard Dean is the Joker's long-lost twin.)
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To: leadpenny
Nerdwithamachinegun works with the Provisional Coalition Authority and said other than knocking him out of his seating in the dining hall,Hillary's visit was a non event.
17 posted on 12/02/2003 3:20:11 AM PST by MEG33
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To: RobFromGa
Soldiers killed 46 Iraqis many of whom were wearing the black uniforms of the Fedayeen militia during the co-ordinated strikes.

I have serious doubts they were all iraqis.

18 posted on 12/02/2003 3:38:42 AM PST by glock rocks (molon labe)
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To: MEG33; areafiftyone
He is dead!!!!

DEBKA has just posted this tidbit.

Iraqi police officer: Saddam Hussein’s top deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was killed in US search operation in the town Hawijah 30 miles west of Kirkuk and Rashad 40 miles to the south. Saturday

Looking for comfirmation!!!!!

19 posted on 12/02/2003 3:40:41 AM PST by Dog (George W. Bush - - - -" Avenger of the Bones..")
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To: Dog
I looked at google news.The Telegraph story indicates this is from an Iraqi source ,with our military claiming no knowledge.
20 posted on 12/02/2003 3:47:19 AM PST by MEG33
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To: GulliverSwift
"Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, No. 6 on the US list of most-wanted Iraqis, may have been arrested or killed in a US raid in Kirkuk : Atlanta Journal Constitution
21 posted on 12/02/2003 3:48:25 AM PST by 11th_VA (If you can read this IN ENGLISH - Thank a Veteran !!!)
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To: MEG33
SkyNews has the same info about the locations of the raid it was in the towns of Hawijah 30 miles west of Kirkuk and Rashad 40 miles to the south.

That is a big search..

22 posted on 12/02/2003 3:50:29 AM PST by Dog (George W. Bush - - - -" Avenger of the Bones..")
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To: Dog
I looked at BBC.It is all surmise by an Iraqi Council member I fear.I'd love to be wrong.
23 posted on 12/02/2003 3:52:38 AM PST by MEG33
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To: xzins
I prayed first thing this morning for Saddam and his supporters to be caught this day. X ping me when you post our prayer of agreement for Saddam to be captured.
24 posted on 12/02/2003 3:54:06 AM PST by TrueBeliever9
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To: MEG33
If we took him alive it may be several days before we know......they will want to bleed him dry of info.
25 posted on 12/02/2003 3:55:02 AM PST by Dog (George W. Bush - - - -" Avenger of the Bones..")
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To: glock rocks
Funny how when we kill their guys they are called "Iraqis". When they kill our guys they are called "Insurgents". So long as the terrorists are dead, I don't care what they are called.
26 posted on 12/02/2003 3:56:07 AM PST by Normal4me
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To: MEG33
From FoxNews website:

Report: al-Douri Possibly Killed or Caught

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

KIRKUK, Iraq  — U.S. troops may have killed or arrested a top former deputy of Saddam Hussein (searchwho is suspected of leading the anti-U.S. insurgency, an Iraqi official said Tuesday. Officials of the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad said they had no information on the report.

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri (search), No. 6 on the U.S. list of most-wanted Iraqis, may have been arrested or killed in a U.S. raid in Kirkuk (search) in northern Iraq, a senior Kurdish official in Kirkuk said on condition of anonymity.

"I heard he might have been killed or captured," the official said, citing sources in his political party.

U.S. officials last week offered a $10 million reward for information leading to al-Douri's capture. Aside from Saddam, al-Douri is the most senior official of the former regime who is still at large.

Last week, U.S. troops arrested a wife and a daughter of al-Douri in an apparent attempt to pressure him into surrendering.

27 posted on 12/02/2003 4:00:09 AM PST by RobFromGa (Bring Us Your Talented Individuals, Your Visionaries Yearning to Be Free. Keep the Huddled Masses)
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To: Dog
Positive thinking must be employed!I haven't been myself since Hillary spoke in Iraq
28 posted on 12/02/2003 4:01:06 AM PST by MEG33 (Deleted but not defeated over Hillary)
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To: GulliverSwift
ED Hill on FNC just mentioned this. Would be great if they have him.
29 posted on 12/02/2003 4:02:29 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: MEG33
keep your fingers crossed...this will be great!
30 posted on 12/02/2003 4:04:04 AM PST by mystery-ak (GodSpeed, Mike.)
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To: mystery-ak; Peach; MEG33
IMHO....we got him.
31 posted on 12/02/2003 4:09:32 AM PST by Dog (George W. Bush - - - -" Avenger of the Bones..")
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To: Dog
Hope you're right, Dog. We are whittling them down, one by one.
32 posted on 12/02/2003 4:10:40 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Dog
It looks that way....Fox is being very cautious...
33 posted on 12/02/2003 4:11:40 AM PST by mystery-ak (GodSpeed, Mike.)
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To: Dog; mystery-ak
I have to fight my memory of the "capture" of OsamaBin Laden
34 posted on 12/02/2003 4:13:26 AM PST by MEG33 (Deleted but not defeated over Hillary)
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To: MEG33
MEG....stop being so gloomy.

Maybe we even bagged Saddam....:-0

35 posted on 12/02/2003 4:16:20 AM PST by Dog (George W. Bush - - - -" Avenger of the Bones..")
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To: MEG33; mystery-ak; Peach; Ragtime Cowgirl
The key to this raid ....was the capture of his doctor over the weekend. The doc gave him up I bet.

I have to run errands....and will be in and out....ping me to any updates.

36 posted on 12/02/2003 4:18:40 AM PST by Dog (George W. Bush - - - -" Avenger of the Bones..")
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To: Dog
Now you've said it and I've been thinking"Why not Saddam"!
37 posted on 12/02/2003 4:20:12 AM PST by MEG33 (Deleted but not defeated over Hillary)
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To: RobFromGa
Report: Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri Possibly Caught


I hope he is captured so we can turn him over to the Kuwaiti's. This is what he feared the most.
38 posted on 12/02/2003 4:23:05 AM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: Normal4me
I'm to the point where I don't consider any Iraqi to be an "innocent civilian".
39 posted on 12/02/2003 4:25:32 AM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: mystery-ak; Dog; Peach
Yahoo,Reuters(Now I want to trust Reuters!!)In addition to the"might be" by the Council member another high level Iraqi said he had been told they captured him.Rumors are flying in Kirkuk and policemen in Kirkuk say they heard he's been captured.
40 posted on 12/02/2003 4:33:44 AM PST by MEG33 (Deleted but not defeated over Hillary)
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To: prairiebreeze
Here's a thread
41 posted on 12/02/2003 4:35:36 AM PST by MEG33 (Deleted but not defeated over Hillary)
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To: MEG33
Let's hope this proves to be true. We're taking the major players out of action, one at a time.
42 posted on 12/02/2003 4:39:04 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: MEG33
I'd like to see confirmation from one of our guys, but if we've got him alive, I want him squeezed good.
43 posted on 12/02/2003 4:40:49 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: Peach
It would be great to catch him..good to discombobulate the fayadeen.
44 posted on 12/02/2003 4:41:58 AM PST by MEG33 (Deleted but not defeated over Hillary)
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To: Catspaw
I am trying to keep my positive thinking cap on until denied.I was getting too gloomy!
45 posted on 12/02/2003 4:43:26 AM PST by MEG33 (Deleted but not defeated over Hillary)
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To: MEG33
Thanks. His name is spelled differently in the article i posted. Didn't turn up in search

Prairie
46 posted on 12/02/2003 4:48:58 AM PST by prairiebreeze (They aren't attackers, militants, assailants, insugents or resistors. They are THE ENEMY!!!!)
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To: Dog
Iraqi police officer: Saddam Hussein’s top deputy Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was killed in US search operation in the town Hawijah 30 miles west of Kirkuk and Rashad 40 miles to the south. Saturday

WOW! DUMBKA is amazing! They can read the Reuters wire and repeat Reuters without giving them attribution!

(They went ahead and said he's "dead" instead of "possibly dead," I'm sure, so that if he is dead they can pretend to claim they "broke" that he's dead, and if he isn't, people will forget and simply blame the people that actually broke the story, Reuters.)

47 posted on 12/02/2003 4:50:47 AM PST by John H K
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To: prairiebreeze
Hoping this is true!
48 posted on 12/02/2003 4:51:37 AM PST by MEG33 (Deleted but not defeated over Hillary)
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To: GulliverSwift; All
Who's got a link to the Iraqi leaders playing card status page?
49 posted on 12/02/2003 4:51:43 AM PST by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: MEG33
Me too MEG. Me too.

Prairie
50 posted on 12/02/2003 4:52:12 AM PST by prairiebreeze (They aren't attackers, militants, assailants, insugents or resistors. They are THE ENEMY!!!!)
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