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Saddam Hussein's Ally Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'Captured' In Iraq
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-24-2008 | Damien McElroy

Posted on 04/23/2008 5:27:31 PM PDT by blam

Saddam Hussein's ally Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'captured' in Iraq

By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Last Updated: 12:57am BST 24/04/2008

American forces have captured Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party heir, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the most wanted former regime official still at large, it has been reported.

A Middle Eastern television channel said Douri, a key force in the country's devastating insurgency, had been seized in a mountain raid in Saddam's home province of Salahaddin.

Most wanted: Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri

Douri was King of Clubs in the deck of cards of most wanted Iraqis issued to American soldiers after the war.

But he was almost unique in evading capture within the top rungs of the regime deposed by the US-led coalition in 2003.

A US spokesman said the Baghdad command was unable to confirm his capture, but the television reports said he had been handed to US forces and DNA tests would be carried out to confirm his identity.

Abu Mohammed, described as Douri's representative in Syria, claimed the reports were fabricated, saying Douri was free and "leading the resistance and jihad in Iraq".

Western intelligence credited Douri, whose name derives from the neighbouring village to Saddam's native town, with a continuing important role in the insurgency.

A wizened bureaucrat with red hair, the former vice-chairman of Saddam's Revolutionary Command Council was not cut out for the underground but he survived for five years on guile and a broad range of connections.

Mowafaq al-Rubaie, Iraq's National Security adviser, told a Saudi newspaper that Syria was sheltering Douri and accused the 65-year-old of playing a key role connecting former regime officials with al-Qa'eda followers.

As the last recognised leader of the Iraqi Ba'ath Party, he found post-war support in Syria and used his position in Damascus to frustrate attempts by moderates to start negotiations with democratic regimes.

Known since childhood as the Ice Man, his state of health was rumoured to be fragile and several reports had said he died of leukaemia.

But he enjoyed strong tribal support among Sunni Muslim sympathisers as well as Al-Qa'eda sympathisers.

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An Iraqi court announced that Tariq Aziz, the urbane Christian Iraqi who was the dictatorship's voice to the world, would face trial for the persecution of Baghdad merchants in the 1990s.

The announcement of charges for Aziz and six other top officials, including Saddam's half brother, Watban Ibrahim al-Hassan, dashed hopes in the Vatican that the long-serving foreign minister would be freed on grounds of ill-health.

The trial centres on the execution of 42 merchants rounded up after the first Gulf War and accused of profiteering from Iraq's isolation.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 55mostwanted; aldouri; aziz; captured; iceman; iraq; iraqijustice; izzataldouri; kingofclubs; saddam; tarikaziz; tariqaziz
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1 posted on 04/23/2008 5:27:31 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Izzat him?

;-)


2 posted on 04/23/2008 5:28:45 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Stop By The FReepathon, Help Keep The Lights On.)
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To: blam

Get the rope out again.


3 posted on 04/23/2008 5:28:51 PM PDT by Normal4me
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To: blam
King Of Clubs Capture Bump!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

4 posted on 04/23/2008 5:29:29 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: blam

Which card is he?


5 posted on 04/23/2008 5:30:11 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: blam; Dog

Heard anything about this one?


6 posted on 04/23/2008 5:31:15 PM PDT by Maigrey (Fat makes the World Taste Better! - personal motto)
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To: blam

Wow, just wow. They got the SOB!


7 posted on 04/23/2008 5:31:32 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: blam; NormsRevenge; elhombrelibre; Allegra; SandRat; tobyhill; G8 Diplomat; Dog; Cap Huff; ...

OUTSTANDING!


8 posted on 04/23/2008 5:32:31 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: blam

I hope this is true. This would be huge!


9 posted on 04/23/2008 5:33:42 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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To: johniegrad

Third paragraph’ll tell ya.


10 posted on 04/23/2008 5:33:45 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: blam

About time.


11 posted on 04/23/2008 5:34:18 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: blam; pissant

Good! Another rope party coming up.


12 posted on 04/23/2008 5:34:49 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: blam
One of the Sunni's turned him in!

Maliki won them over by going after Sadr and the Iranian's in Basra!

13 posted on 04/23/2008 5:34:55 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: blam
-—Abu Mohammed, described as Douri’s representative in Syria, claimed the reports were fabricated, saying Douri was free and “leading the resistance and jihad in Iraq”. -—

This guy can't be right - the Iraq War isn't about Terrorism - its about OIL. (Or revenge for Daddy, or something - but definitely not terrorism).

14 posted on 04/23/2008 5:35:32 PM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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To: Cindy

ping.


15 posted on 04/23/2008 5:36:31 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: blam

16 posted on 04/23/2008 5:36:46 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: blam

> But he was almost unique in evading capture within the top rungs of the regime deposed by the US-led coalition in 2003.

The hangman will not be cheated.


17 posted on 04/23/2008 5:38:11 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

lol, outstanding work


18 posted on 04/23/2008 5:38:58 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: blam
The announcement of charges for Aziz and six other top officials, including Saddam's half brother, Watban Ibrahim al-Hassan, dashed hopes in the Vatican that the long-serving foreign minister would be freed on grounds of ill-health.

Uh, say what?
Why is the Vatican trying to intercede for this scumbag?

19 posted on 04/23/2008 5:39:33 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Thanks. I guess I’m a little short on detail tonight. Wine with dinner and all.


20 posted on 04/23/2008 5:40:30 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: blam
This can't be true:-()

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21 posted on 04/23/2008 5:40:40 PM PDT by geo40xyz (McCain, Obama or Hillarybeast possibility of 4 Supreme Court Justices, Gore @UN. The WINNER is?)
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To: blam
YES YES YES!!!! This is a big one. If we were “allowed” to properly squeeze this guy for info a lot of lives would be saved. Maybe we just have to let the Iraqis or Jordanians do it...... oops, the Demagogues and RINOs would rather see a lot more of our troops and Iraqi civilians killed than mess with even one wittle hair on his head.
22 posted on 04/23/2008 5:43:45 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama: All you dumb, bitter "typical white people" must learn to say "God D--n America!")
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To: blam; glock rocks; SouthTexas; NormsRevenge

The Deck of Cards continues to fall...


23 posted on 04/23/2008 5:43:58 PM PDT by tubebender (Don't pick a fight with an old man. He is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: AdmSmith; Cap Huff; Coop; Dog; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ganeshpuri89; Boot Hill; Snapple; ...

Huge news if this turns out to be true.


24 posted on 04/23/2008 5:43:58 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: blam

Outstanding news! I got the rope!


25 posted on 04/23/2008 5:46:19 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: johniegrad

He’s the redhead.

I read a while back we were planning to use him in some capacity if we ever found him. Maybe the price was finally right.


26 posted on 04/23/2008 5:46:23 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: blam

Excellent news.


27 posted on 04/23/2008 5:49:19 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: johniegrad

King of Clubs

Operationally, he is believed to be the linchpin between Ba’athist dead-enders, all sorts of other Sunni terrorists, and outside flows of support from Syria, etc. He probably knows more than anyone still alive about sources of funds, weapons, jihadists, etc. coming into Iraq on the Sunni side of things. At least that’s what I hear..... from fellow keyboard commandos.

He could also provide info that would devastate Assad’s regime, if only we could get at what he knows.


28 posted on 04/23/2008 5:50:41 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama: All you dumb, bitter "typical white people" must learn to say "God D--n America!")
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To: tubebender
Amen to that!

Good catch guys!

29 posted on 04/23/2008 5:50:50 PM PDT by SouthTexas (If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!)
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To: blam

He’s the king of clubs in the Iraq Most Wanted deck. Izzat the guy? LOL


30 posted on 04/23/2008 5:50:58 PM PDT by G8 Diplomat
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To: blam

I can only see (hear) this guy speaking with a sophisticated British accent. Arabic coming from him just wouldn’t work.


31 posted on 04/23/2008 5:52:10 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: blam

ALRIGHT!!! Hurry up and hang him before he dies of old age.


32 posted on 04/23/2008 5:53:24 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Enchante

Informative. Thanks.


33 posted on 04/23/2008 5:56:12 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: Enchante

A waterboard candidate.....administered by the Iraqi’s of course....


34 posted on 04/23/2008 5:56:15 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: blam

Lord God...Please let it be true this time.


35 posted on 04/23/2008 6:04:13 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Tin eared zeroes and Hollypukes comin...)
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To: blam
Finally!

I knew the good guys would catch up to that dirtbag eventually.

36 posted on 04/23/2008 6:07:01 PM PDT by Allegra (Tehran delenda est)
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To: blam

The Clinton campaign will issue a full denial by morning.


37 posted on 04/23/2008 6:07:50 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: LibWhacker

No, no. If we can entice him, he can help us fix every single problem our guys face over there.


38 posted on 04/23/2008 6:08:16 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: blam

I thought we got him over a year ago. He’s the one who knows what happened to Scott Speicher.....


39 posted on 04/23/2008 6:11:36 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (God bless you.)
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To: blam

oh goodie they got Red


40 posted on 04/23/2008 6:14:40 PM PDT by RDTF (my worst nightmare is being on jury duty sequestered with 11 liberals)
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To: La Enchiladita

Scott Speicher bump


41 posted on 04/23/2008 6:18:59 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush in 2008, they have nothing else. Mark my words.)
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To: blam

Finally! That guy has been very evasive.....excellent news.


42 posted on 04/23/2008 6:19:09 PM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: blam

Chalk up another one for the good guys!


43 posted on 04/23/2008 6:22:06 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (I am a proud supporter of Israel.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; All

So far, I have not seen confirmation of this.

What you have so far is a slow newsday combined with RUMINT.

MNF-I is not confirming...


44 posted on 04/23/2008 6:22:52 PM PDT by DJ Elliott
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45 posted on 04/23/2008 6:25:01 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: blam

What’s with the ‘ ‘ around captured? No asking you blam, just wondering why the Telegraph did that.


46 posted on 04/23/2008 6:25:15 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: DJ Elliott

Ruh-roh... http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5j9BpJW_D_ebCcFMlKdnABIcRMy8g


47 posted on 04/23/2008 6:26:03 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (God bless you.)
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To: blam

Best news of the day, besides the continued infighting between Hillary and Obama.


48 posted on 04/23/2008 6:30:56 PM PDT by vox_freedom
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To: 21twelve

LOL. Yup, that’s why we’re paying $3.50 per gallon.


49 posted on 04/23/2008 6:31:32 PM PDT by glock rocks ( Woof.)
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To: blam

He looks like a Baathist Richie Cunningham.


50 posted on 04/23/2008 6:32:01 PM PDT by rogue yam
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