Skip to comments.Confusion over 'arrest' of Saddam's number two
Posted on 09/05/2004 11:10:32 AM PDT by shrinkermd
TIKRIT, Iraq (AFP) - The fate of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s right-hand man Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri was shrouded in confusion, as Iraqi officials appeared to backtrack on earlier claims he had been captured
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I'm also confused. Is the source AP or AFP? And was there any booing?
He was captured before he wasn't captured. That memory is seared, seared...
Source was AFP, now corrected.
And was there any booing?
I think the story now is,.....
who was the original source for this well embellished (with detail) story....
and what were they trying to do...
Iraq - Iraqi forces on Sunday captured Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the most wanted fugitive from Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s ousted dictatorship, Iraq (news - web sites)'s top information official said. Iraqi officials were conducting DNA tests to confirm the prisoner's identity.
But was it really Tikrit, and who was the President saying there weren't troops there?
Well, this is the original story I saw yesterday.
Even "our" Arabs have a 'Baghdad Bob' problem of saying what they hope and not sticking to verified truth ...
There's some fire under the smoke, but we dont know what it is ...
It looks like at least this much is true:
1) They got a tip Izzat was at this clinic.
"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.
2) They set up a raid there.
"As soon as we received this information, the forces were able to plan a major operation to arrest him," he said.
3) They captured and killed a number of people in
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.
4) They maybe got someone who looks like Izzat, or who they thought was him:
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.
5) He's our #1 target now - if we get him, it's a big win:
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.
"A curse upon your mustache" Izzat.
I think there was another thread but I can't find it now.
There are very strong indications that Eizat Aldori the deputy of Saddam has been arrested near Tikrit!
After his arrest by the Iraqi Police and the US forces, 150 members of his guards tried to free him but most of them either killed or escaped.
More details later!
Congratulations for the victims of Abo-Al-Thaleg!
An ARAB TV network following the western media's approach of promoting news for crass commercial and money raising purposes......
now I can understand that!!!!
Everyone's back off this story. Very strange...
Saddam top aide's capture denied
Reports that Saddam Hussein's top aide Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is in custody in Iraq have proved unfounded. Initial announcements by the Iraqi authorities suggested he had been arrested on Saturday while receiving treatment at a clinic near Tikrit.
But the US military have made it clear he is not in their custody, and the Iraqi national guard later denied involvement in any operation.
There have been several previous false reports about his arrest.
Mr Douri - known as Saddam Hussein's enforcer - has been described as the most senior figure in the former regime still at large, and the most wanted.
Mr Douri was Saddam Hussein's number two in the Revolutionary Command Council, and is sixth on the list of 55 most wanted members of the regime. The top five have all been captured or killed.
He is accused of financing insurgent groups, and has a $10m price tag on his head.
Maybe they want to secure the release of the french hostages before confirming his arrest. If they confirm his arrest and the french journalists are not released, this may put their lives in danger.
I'm wondering if Washington is waiting until after the hurricane (and maybe the holiday weekend) to confirm?