Skip to comments.Top Saddam regime fugitive al-Douri arrested
Posted on 09/05/2004 5:20:27 AM PDT by Royal Guardsman
On MSNBC now.
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Itz Ignatz Al Douri
Well what are they supposed to do? All their employees are standing out in the friggin storm trying to be Dan Rather. I hate to say this but it will be a relief when one of them gets killed or seriesly injured so the other ones will knock it the heck off.
And forgive me but I've been dying to say... "I question the timing."
Also... was he generally ravaging the countryside in a manner reminiscent of Jenjhiss Khan?
The blond MSNBC reporter that is on now reported that al-Douri is not in custody and then reiterated the Not.
This is sort of like the 2000 election reporting.
So you mean MSNBC pulled a "Kerry?"
Weather Channel -- I didn't know they played the game. I can imagine the meeting when the exec types announced "from now on we're going out in the storms. I mean... YOU'RE going out in the storms."
As far as Heraldo, I'm reminded of something Elaine said to Jerry one time "Every time I think you couldn't get any more shallow you let another three inches out of the pool."
My TV has died so I'm being spared this crap.
Actually, it borders on recklessness as far as I'm concerned. It's seldom effective to preach against something while practicing the something. People see them out there in their minimal protective clothing and figure it must not really be all that dangerous.
Maybe Al Douri recinded his concession like Gore.
Curious about your screen name. Any kin to the Snoopy and the Red Baron?
Let's not forget the Russian Babies. I certainly won't.
Oops! Sorry about the screen name question, you were responding to Royal Guardsman. Excuse the ring.
New thread on CNN report of capture..I am spreading your word of denial as I was spreading the news on the Sunday Morning Talk Show thread that he was captured.
Hope it is TRUE and he IS caught! We have had wrong reports both ways.
Cute! I expect a brick to come flying right about now!
I just want to see a gallon milk jug full of botox or anthrax. That would be a stockpile, wouldn't it?
But what good is sarcasm if you have to tell people it's sarcasm? The rule ought to be you have to fess up in 10 posts or 20 or 30 or something like that.
It's raining in Floriduh! Let's move on; we need to see bent sheet metal and wet TV people 24/7. Yes, even those of us 3,000 miles away who don't know anybody east of Nevada - that's all we want to see.
One more down and many to go. I hope al-Zarqawi is next and I hope they get some good information from him.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -
Iraqi forces on Sunday captured Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the most wanted fugitive from Saddam Hussein's ousted dictatorship, Iraq's top information official said. Iraqi officials were conducting DNA tests to confirm the prisoner's identity.
U.S. military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said al-Douri - who was Saddam's right-hand man before the regime cell - was not in U.S. custody and that they were waiting to hear more from the Iraqis.
U.S. Maj. Neal O'Brien of the Tikrit-based 1st Infantry Division said he could not confirm al-Douri was captured. A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Baghdad also said he had no information about an arrest.
Past reports of al-Douri's arrest have proven false. But several top Iraqi officials said his capture was all but confirmed in a raid on a clinic in the region of Adwar, al-Douri's hometown, in the region of Tikrit, where Saddam and many of his top officials were from. Saddam was captured Dec. 13 hiding in a safe-house near Adwar.
"We are sure he is Izzat Ibrahim," information official Ibrahim Janabi said. "He was arrested in a clinic in Makhoul near Tikrit and Adwar (his hometown in northern Iraq) and 60 percent of the DNA test has finished."
Iraqi Minister of State Qassim Dawoud confirmed al-Douri's arrest. At a press conference in Kuwait, Qassim said some 150 others who were defending him were also arrested.
Al-Douri, who had a U.S. bounty of $10 million on his head, was the highest-ranking member of Saddam's government who was still at large. Once the vice chairman of the Baath Party's Revolutionary Command Council, he was a longtime confidant of Saddam.
He is No. 6 on the U.S. military's list of 55 most wanted figures from Saddam's regime - the king of clubs in the deck of cards. With the capture of Saddam and others and the slaying of Saddam's son, al-Douri had become the Pentagon's most wanted man in Iraq. Besides al-Douri, forty-four of the figures on the list have been captured or killed.
U.S. officials have said he plays a role in organizing the 16-month insurgency campaign against U.S. forces and their Iraqi allies, but it was not immediately known how much of an effect his arrest would have.
Al-Douri was captured when troops set a trap for him at the clinic, where he was receiving medical treatment, an Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman, Saleh Sarhan, said. Al-Douri is believed to be suffering from leukemia.
"We had received information that he was admitted to a hospital near Tikrit, or let us say a clinic to have blood transfusion," Sarhan told the U.S.-funded, Arabic-language television station Alhurra.
"As soon as we received this information, the forces were able to plan a major operation to arrest him," he said.
Ahmed Hadi, a spokesman for the minister of state for provincial affairs, said the approximately 150 gunmen with al-Douri clashed with the Iraqi forces. He did not say if there were any casualties. Hadi said the raid was carried out by Iraqi National Guard suppported by U.S. troops, helicopters and tanks.
U.S. and Iraqi forces have been trying for months to close in on al-Douri.
Late last year, his wife and daughter were detained. During several house raids on Jan. 14 in the northern city of Samarra, American forces arrested four of al-Douri's nephews who were suspected of helping move al-Douri to different locations to avoid capture.
Al-Douri was responsible for the now-disbanded Iraqi army's northern sector, which includes Kirkuk, Mosul and Tikrit, during the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.
Elsewhere, a militant group blamed for a mass abduction in Iraq appealed Sunday to an influential Sunni Muslim clerical group to issue a fatwa, or religious ruling, on whether kidnapping is justified in the struggle to oust foreigners from the country.
In a tape broadcast on the Al-Arabiya television channel, a masked man claiming to belong to the group "Holders of the Black Banners" promised the militants would abide by any fatwa put out by the Association of Muslim Scholars, a Sunni clerical organization with alleged ties to insurgents.
A number of Sunni insurgent cells are involved in kidnappings, and it was not known if others would also abide by any fatwa.
The "Holders of the Black Banners" earlier released seven foreign truckers from India, Kenya and Egypt held hostage for six weeks after their Kuwaiti employer paid a $500,000 ransom and agreed to quit working in Iraq.
Abdel Satar Abdel Jabar, a spokesman for the Muslim Scholars Association, said the clerics will study the militants' request.
"To issue an edict on such a subject is not an easy task. Such a call needs a profound study," he said.
The French government, meanwhile, huddled in crisis talks over the fate of two French reporters held hostage by a separate group in Iraq and said it was still hopeful the pair would be released.
Elsewhere, a car bomb exploded outside an air base used by U.S. forces near Dijiel, about 25 miles north of Baghdad, injuring one American soldier and two Iraqi civilians, the U.S. military said. Three suspects were detained near the site of the attack, said Army Sgt. Robert Powell.
Also Sunday, police found the body of an Egyptian kidnap victim with his hands bound and showing signs he had been badly beaten before being murdered, said Iraqi National Guard Maj. Gen. Anwar Mohammed Amin.
Militants waging a 16-month insurgency have increasingly turned to kidnapping to force coalition forces and contractors from the country. More than 100 foreigners have been abducted since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2002 and many have been executed.
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