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IRAQ: U.S. Troops Arrest Relative of Al-Douri
The Las Vegas Sun ^ | : February 04, 2004 at 11:55:16 PST | CHRIS BRUMMITT AP

Posted on 02/04/2004 12:07:44 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

U.S. Troops Arrest Relative of Al-Douri

By CHRIS BRUMMITT
ASSOCIATED PRESS

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -

U.S. troops arrested a relative of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, and believe he may help in the hunt for the most senior former regime figure still at large, a U.S. officer said Wednesday.

The man, who was not identified, was arrested late Tuesday in a raid in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, said Lt. Col. Steven Russell, who led the operation.

Russell described the suspect as a "close relative" of al-Douri, who was the vice chairman of the Baath Party's Revolutionary Command Council and a longtime confidant of Saddam.

The suspect was arrested based on information received from a man soldiers had detained earlier Tuesday for possessing firearms, Russell said.

"We believe that he may have some useful information" in the hunt for al-Douri, Russell said. "The family he comes from has been harboring 'deck of cards' guys," he said, referring to the U.S. list of the 55 most wanted Iraqis.

Al-Douri, in his late 60s, is No. 6 on the wanted list. The United States has put a $10 million bounty on his head.

Late last year, al-Douri's wife and daughter were detained. In January, troops arrested four of his nephews who were suspected of helping him hide. All six are believed to remain in U.S. custody.

Since Saddam was arrested Dec. 13, al-Douri has taken on the title of the Pentagon's most wanted man in Iraq.

Nevertheless, it is unclear what role, if any, he is playing in the insurgency that continues to plague U.S. troops in areas north and west of Baghdad.

Last month, New York-based Human Rights Watch accused the U.S. military of kidnapping in its arrests of al-Douri's wife and daughter. The two women remain in U.S. custody even though they have not been charged.

"Detaining persons for the purpose of compelling actions from the opposing side amounts to hostage-taking, which is a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions - in other words, a war crime," Human Rights Watch said.

In a letter to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the group urged a halt to such tactics and asked him to ensure U.S. forces abide by the 1949 Geneva Conventions, holding soldiers accountable for ordering, condoning or carrying out serious violations of the laws of war.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aldouri; alduri; bleedingheartattack; captured; douri; duri; hrw; humanrightswatch; iraq; waronterror

1 posted on 02/04/2004 12:07:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Dog
fyi
2 posted on 02/04/2004 12:08:04 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
btt
3 posted on 02/04/2004 12:09:31 PM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Getting a little closer. Praying they nab him any day now!
4 posted on 02/04/2004 12:09:36 PM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Closing in on him.........
5 posted on 02/04/2004 12:36:38 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: Dog
No sooner do I make a comment about nothing re: al-Douri, and here we have some encouraging news.
6 posted on 02/04/2004 12:38:05 PM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Human Rights Watch, taking over for Bagdad Bob.
7 posted on 02/04/2004 12:56:42 PM PST by TheDon (Have a Happy Valentine's Day!)
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To: Coop
My message to Human Rights Watch is GFY.
8 posted on 02/04/2004 12:59:44 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (America's Enemies foreign and domestic agree: Bush must be destroyed.)
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To: Dog; Angelus Errare
Unfortunately I’ve not mastered the technique of posting articles, but there is some interesting news about the two car blasts in Arbil. If you do a google search on "Ansar al-Sunna" you come up with a couple of interesting articles.


"AN Islamist group, Ansar al-Sunna, with alleged links to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility today for the deadly twin suicide attacks in the northern Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil, according to an Islamist Internet site."

>>snip<<


"A television station owned by the PUK said today a Yemeni had been arrested in connection with the Arbil bombings, the deadliest attacks in Iraq since the ouster of Saddam Hussein's regime last April."

"The suspect was seized in a hotel in the northern oil centre of Kirkuk and explosives were found in his possession, the station said."

There's also some info in a CBS story about a group called "Jaish Ansar al-Sunni" which seems like it may be the same group. They apparently put out a rather sophisticated recruiting video and is called a new group.

9 posted on 02/04/2004 1:02:57 PM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Cap Huff
Suicide blasts, not car blasts. Getting late here.
10 posted on 02/04/2004 1:08:55 PM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Cap Huff
Jaish Ansar al-Sunnah roughly translates as "Army of the Companions/Partisans of Orthodoxy" and is an al-Qaeda umbrella organization consisting of Jaish Mohammed (Army of Mohammed, an al-Qaeda organization that is active in Fallujah), Ansar al-Islam (which operates mainly in the Kurdish areas), and al-Jihad al-Salafiyyah al-Sunnah, which operates in the south.

I swear sometimes you need a chart to keep all of these groups straight.
11 posted on 02/04/2004 1:10:37 PM PST by Angelus Errare
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, or Izzat his cousin?
12 posted on 02/04/2004 1:22:13 PM PST by Redbob (sorry, I couldn't resist!)
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To: Cap Huff
If you have some links or the URL lay them on here and I can put links for the articles and post some also.
13 posted on 02/04/2004 1:29:29 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Here’s the two links:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/02/03/eveningnews/main597738.shtml


http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8588875%255E1702,00.html

14 posted on 02/04/2004 1:33:04 PM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Cap Huff
A google search turned up this item from the Sudan:

At Least 20 Killed in Attack on Sudan Mosque

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December 8, 2000

At Least 20 Killed in Attack on Sudan Mosque

At least 20 worshippers were killed and another 40 wounded when gunmen opened fire in a Mosque near the Sudanese capital of Khartoum Friday night.

The Mosque was packed with Ramadan worshippers
The attack took place during Friday's evening prayers in the village of Jarafa on the outskirts of Omdurman, a suburb of Khartoum. The mosque, belonging to the moderate Ansar al-Sunna sect, was packed with worshippers attending the evening prayers closing a day of fasting during the month of Ramadan.

Police rushing to the scene killed an assailant armed with a Kalashnikov after a brief firefight. Ambulances and private cars were used to rush the injured to a hospital in Omdurman. Some of the wounded were said to be in critical condition.

Sudanese television initially reported that a lone gunman had fired at random with an automatic rifle, but witnesses said that there were three or more assailants. One witness was quoted by the official Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA) as saying that all but one of the gunmen fled before the police arrived on the scene.

Assailant reportedly was a member of al-Takfir group
A police spokesman identified the slain gunman as Abbas Baqir Abbas, a  member of the extremist Takfir wal-Hijra group.

Al-Takfir wal-Hijrah, whose name translates as "Redemption and Flight," a reference to the flight of the Prophet Mohammed from Mecca to Medina, at the beginning of Islamic history. The movement, which originated in Egypt advocates the establishment of a "purified" society, based solely on Islamic law, or Shariah. This society is to be the core of a revolution in which all secular Islamic governments are overthrown and replaced with the rule of Shariah. Its members reject secular power in Muslim countries, and call for the restoration of the Islamic "Caliphate" as the only legitimate leadership in Arab and Islamic countries.

Third major attack on al-Sunna mosques
The Ansar al-Sunna sect is not connected to any political group in Sudan, but has links with the orthodox Sunni Muslim Wahhabi sect allied with the Saud royal family in Saudi Arabia. Ansar al-Sunna mosques in Sudan have come under attack twice before.

In an attack similar to Friday's incident, 16 people were killed when a mosque of the Ansar al-Sunna sect in Omdurman was attacked by three gunmen. The attack was led by Mohammed Abdullah al-Khilaifi, an Islamist of Libyan origin who had fought in Afghanistan. One of the attackers was killed by police, while al-Khilaifi and a Sudanese were executed in 1995. In a similar incident in 1996, 12 people were killed in Omdurman in an attack on another Ansar al-Sunna mosque.

It was not clear if Friday's attack was linked to the upcoming Sudanese elections, due to commence on Monday. Most of the opposition parties are boycotting the polls. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, whose 1989 military coup brought an Islamist government to power, is thus all but guaranteed re-election.

Sources: Reuters, Agence France Presse, BBC

15 posted on 02/04/2004 1:34:00 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Cap Huff
Posted the first one, there is some good info in there.

IRAQ: Tape Shows Attacks On U.S. Troops

16 posted on 02/04/2004 1:44:22 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Cap Huff; Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks for the ping......want to bet this is his son.....another nasty piece of work.
17 posted on 02/04/2004 4:39:31 PM PST by Dog
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To: Cap Huff
Need to put the link here for the second one:

IRAQ: Al-Qaeda linked group claims blasts ( for the deadly twin suicide attacks in Arbil)

18 posted on 02/04/2004 4:56:16 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: justshutupandtakeit
My message to Human Rights Watch is...

Good for you? :-)

19 posted on 02/05/2004 5:38:09 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Dog
Maybe this is al-Douri:

"U.S. forces capture six 'closely tied' to Saddam"

>>snip<<

"The raids around Saddam's hometown of Tikrit were targeting Iraqis suspected of involvement in attacks on U.S. troops and helicopters, said Lt. Col. Steve Russell, a battalion commander in the 4th Infantry Division."

"'The individuals are closely tied to the Saddam family and the former regime. They represent some of the last of the main network that we have been targeting for many months,' Russell said without providing details."

>>snip<<

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2004-02-06-iraq_x.htm

20 posted on 02/06/2004 5:10:53 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Coop
see my post 20
21 posted on 02/06/2004 5:12:28 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Cap Huff
Thanks. I'm gonna post this as a separate article, if'n you don't mind. Big news which could be VERY big news.
22 posted on 02/06/2004 5:23:58 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Coop
Go ahead. By the way, thanks for the tips on posting articles. I'm swamped with things to do for the next week or so, but after that I'll give it a go.
23 posted on 02/06/2004 5:34:22 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Cap Huff
My pleasure. When you get some time, check out the html Sandbox, a great place to practice and learn.
24 posted on 02/06/2004 6:15:14 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Cap Huff; Coop
Bet this is Al-Douri's son..
25 posted on 02/06/2004 9:09:26 AM PST by Dog (Have you forgotten -- - --- -- the day when those towers fell...)
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To: Dog
Who? There are six of them.
26 posted on 02/06/2004 9:22:33 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Coop
Col. Ahmed al-Douri of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.
27 posted on 02/06/2004 9:36:33 AM PST by Dog (Have you forgotten -- - --- -- the day when those towers fell...)
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To: Dog
Oh, I see. You're referring back to this thread's original article. I mistakenly thought you were following up on Cap's link to the six more arrests.
28 posted on 02/06/2004 9:38:25 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Coop
We did capture a relative of Izzy right?
29 posted on 02/06/2004 9:39:26 AM PST by Dog (Have you forgotten -- - --- -- the day when those towers fell...)
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To: Dog
Yeah, acc to this 4 Feb article. But Cap and I were today discussing the 6 Feb article saying they had 6 more in custody - some of the last remaining players in the main opposition, or something like that.
30 posted on 02/06/2004 9:40:39 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Coop
We caught these two the other day .....and I have searched and can't find anything about them..

Brig. Gen. Abu Aymad al-Tikriti

Majid Ali Abbas al-Dazi

The Brig, Gen is in the Iraqi Intelligence Service in Northern Iraq.

He has to be a major player.

Can you look around and see if you can find anything on him.

31 posted on 02/06/2004 9:45:09 AM PST by Dog (Have you forgotten -- - --- -- the day when those towers fell...)
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To: Dog
I did look, the same time you and someone else were Googling. I came up with nothing other than his intel title.
32 posted on 02/06/2004 9:46:30 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Dog
From this link:

http://www.dod.mil/transcripts/2004/tr20040205-0424.html


“On Tuesday, coalition forces conducted a raid near Tikrit, targeting a weapons dealer suspected of possessing Saddam Hussein's personal collection of firearms. Six individuals were captured, one the brother of a suspected Fedayeen member, and another individual, Nessar Shayhab (ph), reported to be the nephew of Ibrahim al-Douri and a member of the local Fedayeen cell.”

This seems to be the close relative from the other day. By coincidence (I think) today’s story also is about six people, but I think it is a separate incident. Maybe today’s nab was the son, but there was a hint of finality to the statement from the Lt. Col. that gives me some hope that it may be the old man himself . . . they are just not giving any more details right now.
33 posted on 02/06/2004 9:52:45 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Coop
Maybe the spelling is wrong..

Get this I tweaked the spelling of Brig Gen Abu Ayman al-Tikriti.....and did Abu Ahmad.....guess who uses that for an alias.

Izzat al-Douri.

34 posted on 02/06/2004 9:59:47 AM PST by Dog (Have you forgotten -- - --- -- the day when those towers fell...)
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To: Cap Huff
And who is this guy...

In a separate operation, coalition suspects -- coalition soldiers recognized and captured a suspected Ansar al- Islam facilitator, Wafsi Hunan (ph).

35 posted on 02/06/2004 10:06:22 AM PST by Dog (Have you forgotten -- - --- -- the day when those towers fell...)
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To: Dog
Somebody who'll lead us to Zarqawi maybe??? I saw that too, but forgot to look any further.
36 posted on 02/06/2004 10:11:28 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Dog; FL_engineer; Allan; Mitchell

Loftus, on the John Batchelor show, just said Al Douri, the Ace of something, is in Saudi and might be managing the rebellion in Iraq.

He's mentioned this may times over the past weeks, but nowhere else is it reported.


37 posted on 06/23/2004 8:12:54 PM PDT by Shermy
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