Skip to comments.Tribal sheikh close to Saddam number two arrested in northern Iraq
Posted on 12/23/2003 11:36:09 AM PST by saquin
MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) - A tribal chief with close ties to Saddam Hussein's number two, Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, was arrested by US troops in Iraq's main northern city Tuesday, relatives and a member of the Iraqi security force that helped arrest him told AFP.
Sheikh Ghazi Hanash, head of the influential Tayy tribe, was detained at his Mosul home along with three of his sons after an exchange of fire which left one of Hanash's bodyguards dead, said Waadallah Tewfik Hassan, a member of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps who participated in the operation.
No information on the arrests was immediately available from the US military in Mosul, 396 kilometres (250 miles) north of Baghdad.
The tribal chief's daughter was also wounded during the gunfight, said Hassan and Hanash's relatives.
Hanash was arrested because of his ties to Ibrahim, Hassan said.
The fugitive former number two, who is suspected of directing many of the attacks against US forces and forging an alliance with Islamic extremists, is a childhood friend of Hanash, the sheikh's relatives said.
The US military has put a 10-million-dollar bounty on the head of Ibrahim, the most senior former Iraqi official still at large following Saddam's capture on December 13.
If you are paranoid you have good reason. Our troops will be visiting your spiderhole maybe before years end.
House arrest? The first step, perhaps, in getting purchased cooperation?
I heard something on Fox earlier it seems and aide to Chalabi is claiming that Saddam's daughter Raghad is funding attacks in Iraq....from Jordan..going to get interesting.
I'm not that optimistic, although it will undoubtedly be yet another sharp blow to the thugs. But there will certainly still be some deadenders and folks just mad at America continuing to attack. IMHO
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