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Former Iraqi Spy Chief Hijazi in U.S. Custody (another big fish caught)
Reuters ^

Posted on 04/25/2003 5:28:20 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Former Iraqi Spy Chief Hijazi in U.S. Custody Fri April 25, 2003 08:17 AM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Iraqi spy chief Farouk Hijazi, accused of plotting to assassinate former President George Bush in the 1990s, was detained near Iraq's border with Syria, said a U.S. official on Friday. "He (Hijazi) is in custody and was picked up in Iraq near the Syrian border yesterday (Thursday) Iraqi time. I have no more details about the circumstances (of his arrest)," the U.S. official, who requested anonymity, told Reuters.

Last week, Washington said it believed Hijazi was in Syria amid mounting accusations that Damascus was harboring members of Saddam Hussein's government who had fled America's invasion of Iraq.

Earlier this week, in a sign that tensions were easing between the U.S. and Syria, President Bush said Syria had taken some measures to seal its border. It was unclear whether Hijazi was captured with some Syrian help.

Hijazi was director of external operations for the Iraqi intelligence agency in the mid-1990s, when the agency allegedly launched a failed attempt to assassinate the first President George Bush during a visit to Kuwait.

Hijazi subsequently served as Iraq's ambassador to Tunisia and Turkey.

Hijazi is among several high-level Iraqis taken into U.S. custody over recent days. Also on Thursday, Tareq Aziz, Iraq's former deputy prime minister and one of the best-known figures in Saddam Hussein's old guard, surrendered to U.S. forces.

U.S. Central Command in Qatar and officials in Washington said that Aziz gave himself up to U.S. troops in Baghdad and was "under coalition control."


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alqaedaandiraq; captured; hijazi; intelligence; iraqifreedom; mostwanted

1 posted on 04/25/2003 5:28:20 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Near the Syrian border, huh? Do you think the Syrian's would have detailed him/sent him back had he made it that far?
2 posted on 04/25/2003 5:38:58 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: sarasota
I think with the pressure on Syria that the price of safe haven for any Iraqi leader has at least tripled or quadrupled. Not all will be able to pay the price.
3 posted on 04/25/2003 5:43:04 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Sub-Driver
Diplomacy works when you have a big stick in your hand in plain view of the country in front of you.
4 posted on 04/25/2003 5:45:01 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Just wild speculation on my part, but this guy probably knows which congresscritters were bought and paid for. There maybe some unexpected resignations for "health" reasons, in the near future.
5 posted on 04/25/2003 6:12:51 AM PDT by Agent Smith
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To: Sub-Driver
Hijazi is known to have frequented Kandahar and was a supporter and enabler of OBL, having brokered aid of various types to al Qaeda. He's one of the most direct links between 9/11 and Iraq.

Syria blinked.
6 posted on 04/25/2003 6:14:44 AM PDT by randita
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To: Sub-Driver; kayak; just mimi; hoosiermama; terilyn; Dog; mass55th; Brandon; Brad's Gramma; ...

Recent additions: 4/25/2003
        Farouk Hijazi [with Al Qaeda ties, and tried to kill 41]


Recent additions: 4/24/2003
        Tariq AZIZ

Iraq's 55 42 Most Wanted Scoreboard - - and Freeper additions
See the DOD website for photos. Note their joker card has an Iraqi SURNAME explanation         (Revised: 4/25am(2))
Name Position Status
Saddam Hussein President of Iraq/CINC of Military Possibly Dead
Qusay Hussein SSO, SRG & RGFC Commander Possibly Dead
Uday Hussein Saddam Fedayeen Commander
[the older "crazy rapist" son]
Possibly Dead
Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti Presidential Secretary (WMD Release Authority) At large**
Ali Hasan al-Majid
[aka: "Chemical Ali"]
Pres. Advisor, Fmr South Reg Cmdr Believed DEAD
Izzat IBRAHIM al-Duri Vice Chair of the RCC, North Reg Cmdr At large**
Hani Abd Latif Tilfa al-Tikriti SSO Director At large**
Aziz Salih al-Numan BP Regional Cmdr/Cmdr BP Militia Reg Cmd At large**
Muhammad Hamza al-ZUBAYDI
[aka Saddam's "Shiite Thug"]
Central Euphrates Reg Cmdr
"One of Saddam's most ruthless war criminals" -Clinton Admin
Captured 4/21/03
Kamal Mustafa Abdallah Sultan al-Tikriti RG Secretary At large**
Barzan Abd al-Ghafur Sulayman Majid al-Tikriti SRG Commander At large**
Muzahim Sa'b Hasan al-Tikriti Air Defense Force Commander Captured 4/23/03
Ibrahim Ahmad Abd al-Sattar Muhammad al-Tikriti Armed Forces Chief of Staff At large
Sayf al-Din Fulayyih Hassan Taha al-Rawi RGFC Chief At large**
Rafi Abd Latif al Tilfah DGS Director At large
Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti IIS Director At large**
Hamid Raja Shalah al-Tikriti Air Force Commander At large
Latif Nussayif Jasim al Dulaymi Dep Chmn Baath Party At large
Abd al Tawab Mullah Huwaysh OMI Director (WMD Production) At large
Taha Yasin RAMADAN al-Jizrawi Vice President At large
Rukan Razuki abd al-Ghafar al-Majid Sulayman al-Tikriti Chief of Tribal Affairs At large
Jamal Mustafa Abdallah Sultan al-Tikriti Deputy Chief of Tribal Affairs
[Saddam's son-in-law]
In Custody 4/20/03
Mizban Khadr Hadi RCC Member, Reg CDR Central Euphrates Region At large
Taha Muhyi al-Din MARUF Vice President and RCC Member At large
Tariq Mikhail AZIZ Deputy Prime Minister In Custody 4/24/03
Walid Hamid Tawfiq al-Tikriti Governor of Basrah Governate At large
Hikmat Mizban Ibrahim al-Azzawi Dep Prime Minister, Economics & Finance Min. Captured 4/19/03
Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tai Minister of Defense At large
Mahmud Dhiyab al-Ahmad Minister of the Interior At large
Ayad Futayyih Khalifa al-Rawi Al Quds Force Chief of Staff At large
Zuhayr Talib Abd al-Sattar al-Naqib DMI Director Captured 4/23/03
Amir Hamudi Hasan al-Sadi Presidential Scientific Adviser/NMD Dir Gen [chemical and biological programs] In Custody 4/12/03
Amir Rashid Muhammad al-Ubaydi Former Oil Minister [aka "Missle Man" married to "Dr. Germ"] At large
Husam Muhammad Amin al-Yasin National Monitoring Director At large
Muhammad Mahdi al-Salih Minister of Trade Captured 4/23/03
Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti Baath Party, Saddam Maternal Half Brother At large **
Watban Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti Baath Party, Saddam Half Brother Captured 4/13/03
Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti Baath Party, Saddam Half Brother Captured 4/16/03
Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash Party Youth & Trade Bureau Chairman At large
Abd al-Baqi abd al-Karim Abdallah al-Sadun BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Baghdad At large
Muhammad Zimam Abd al-Razzaq al-Sadun BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Ta'mim & Ninawa Gov At large
Samir abd al-Aziz al-Najim BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Diyal Gov. Captured 4/17/03
Humam Abd al-Khaliq Abd al-Ghafur Min of Higher Education & Scientific Research Captured 4/20/03
Yahya Abdallah al-Ubaydi BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Basrah Gov. At large
Sa'd Abd al-Majid al-Faysal BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Salah ad Din Gov. At large
Sayf al-Din al-Mashhadani BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Muthanna Gov. At large
Fadil Mahmud Gharib (aka: Gharib Muhammad Fazel) al-Mashaikh BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Babil/Karbala Gov. At large
Muhsin Khadr al-Khafaji BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Qadasiyah Gov. At large
Rashid Taan Kazim BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Anbar Governate At large
Ugla Abid Saqr al-Kubaysi BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Maysan Governate At large
Ghazi Hammud al-Ubaydi BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Wasit Gov. At large
Adil Abdallah Mahdi BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Dhi Qar Governate At large
Nayif Shindakh Thamir BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia - Salah ad Din Governate At large
Husayn Al Awawi BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Ninawa Governate At large
Khamis Sirhan al Muhammad BP Chmn & Cmdr BP Militia Karbala Governate At large
- - - Freeper Additions - - -
Abu Abbas Convicted Terrorist/Murderer - Leader Palestine Liberation Front Captured 4/15/03
Ahmed Walid Raguib al-Baz Terrorist - 1st Lieutenant Palestine Liberation Front Killed 3/20/03
Abu Nidal Palestinian Terrorist Leader - Saddam 'claimed' he committed suicide last August Killed-reported by Ollie North 4/16/03
Khala Khadr Al-Salahat Member of the Abul Nidal terrorist organization In Custody 4/18/03
Farouk Hijazi #3 in Mukhabarat Iraqi intelligence [with ties to Al Qaeda] Captured 4/25/03 [Returned by Syria?]
Abdul Rahman Yasin Indicted fugitive from 1993 WTC bombing, $25 Million reward At large
Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani former Iraq Consul, met with Mohammed Atta in Prague shortly before 9/11 At large
Ali Hussein Habib Iraqi airforce general Killed by the regime ~3/20/03
Khaled Abdallah a senior official of Saddam's Mukhabarat secret police In Custody 4/20/03
Major Khalid Hmood Head of Iraqi intelligence during the war and one of Saddam's top bodyguards, In Custody 4/20/03
Salim Sa'id Khalaf al-Jumayli former Chief of the Iraqi Intelligence Service American Desk Captured 4/23/03
"Son of Ham"
[apple falls close to the tree]
Son of Hamza (Q-of-Spades - one of Saddam's most ruthless war criminals) Captured 4/21/03
Jaffar al-Jaffer physicist & father of Iraq's nuclear WMD program In Custody 4/13/03
Imad Husayn Abdallah al-Ani former VX nerve agent developer In Custody 4/18/03
Rihab Taha [aka "Dr. Germ"] architect of Iraq's bio WMD program At Large
Mohammed Saeed Kazim al-Sahaf [aka: "Comical Ali"]
[aka: "Baghdad Bob"]
Minister of Information
[wanted for DNC spokesperson]
On Administrative Leave [reportedly FOUND?]
          **  These nine fugitives were reportedly hiding in Syria
If someone else updates this list, please bump the revision at the top and ping FL_Engineer
You can click here to see if there is a pointer to a newer revision.


Muhammad Hamza al-Zubaydi - the Q-of-spades, was a HUGE catch!

On September 19, 2000, a year before WTC, and with CLINTON still president, the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes David Scheffer said this...

We also caught HIS SON on 4/21/03, and I assume the apple didn't fall far from the tree. That, plus Saddam's goons are mostly retirement age, and Saddam only trusts family ties. Please watch for the son's name and rap-sheet.
7 posted on 04/25/2003 6:36:13 AM PDT by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer
What a great chart! What's the deal with Abu Nidal?
8 posted on 04/25/2003 6:46:38 AM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: FL_engineer
Fox News reported last night that there are around 200 former Iraqi leaders and persons of interest on their "most wanted list." Those on cards are just the top of the heap.
9 posted on 04/25/2003 6:53:31 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Aggie Mama
whats the deal with Abu Nidal?

Apparently, Iraq tried to FAKE his suicide last August.

But when Ollie North's team captured Abu Abbas, they also found Abu Nidal [freshly killed].

10 posted on 04/25/2003 6:53:37 AM PDT by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
I meant on the coalition's "most wanted list."
11 posted on 04/25/2003 6:54:27 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: FL_engineer
Excellent.

Abu Nidal had it coming.
12 posted on 04/25/2003 6:59:13 AM PDT by hchutch (America came, America saw, America liberated; as for those who hate us, Oderint dum Metuant)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Diplomacy works when you have a big stick in your hand in plain view of the country in front of you.

Sounds like another Republican we've heard of..
Roosevelt steered the United States more actively into world politics. He liked to quote a favorite proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big stick. . . . "

Source: Theodore Roosevelt bio at www.whitehouse.gov

13 posted on 04/25/2003 7:05:45 AM PDT by COBOL2Java
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To: Poohbah
Interesting item on Abu Nidal.

Ollie probably enjoyed reporting that piece of news. I heard that he and Nidal had a blood fued.
14 posted on 04/25/2003 7:11:07 AM PDT by hchutch (America came, America saw, America liberated; as for those who hate us, Oderint dum Metuant)
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To: FL_engineer
According to Ollie's Washington Times article of 04/20/03, Abu Nidal has been dead for a while. http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/north.htm
15 posted on 04/25/2003 7:29:09 AM PDT by w8mm
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To: FL_engineer
One by one...:o)

Thank you for the ping, FL. Your ongoing list is so appreciated. :o)

16 posted on 04/25/2003 8:03:15 AM PDT by homeschool mama
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To: FL_engineer
Thanks for the good news and the update on your great chart!
17 posted on 04/25/2003 8:31:21 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Being a Monthly Donor to Free Republic is the Right Thing to do!)
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Hijazi was director of external operations for the Iraqi intelligence agency in the mid-1990s, when the agency allegedly launched a failed attempt to assassinate the first President George Bush during a visit to Kuwait.


Iraq has never sponsored terrorists against US citizens, much less a US President.

There must be a mistake in this story.



[/sarcasm]

18 posted on 04/25/2003 8:33:26 AM PDT by george wythe
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To: FL_engineer
But when Ollie North's team captured Abu Abbas, they also found Abu Nidal [freshly killed].

Whaaaat? Where was this, do you have a link to a thread? I gotta read about this!

19 posted on 04/25/2003 8:36:50 AM PDT by Paradox
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To: FL_engineer
Personally......I'd like to see both the Clintoons on the joker cards. Man it irks me that they walk around so smugly... with everyone knowing what crimes they committed.
20 posted on 04/25/2003 10:22:52 AM PDT by LaineyDee
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To: w8mm
According to Ollie's Washington Times article of 04/20/03, Abu Nidal has been dead for a while

How would you tell? Nidal always stank like that...

21 posted on 04/25/2003 10:36:01 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: FL_engineer
Thanx I was going to ask the total ;)
22 posted on 04/25/2003 10:48:13 AM PDT by JustPiper (Libs are oxymorons, just ask Chicago!!!)
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To: FL_engineer
Thanks for keeping us updated with the list of cards. I hope that we have the whole deck soon. They seem to be dropping like flies recently.
23 posted on 04/25/2003 11:19:31 AM PDT by azGOPgal (If he (Saddam) is alive, I would suggest he not pop his head up.)
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To: w8mm; Paradox; hchutch; Aggie Mama
My source for Abu Nidal was Ollie's 4/16 online video report on foxnews.

I replayed it several times back then, to make sure I got his report correct.

But since he appears to be clarifying that story in print on 4/20,
it may be he mis-spoke or was widely mis-understood.

I will review it tonight and make corrections if necess.

...FLE

24 posted on 04/25/2003 11:23:50 AM PDT by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: FL_engineer
bump
25 posted on 04/25/2003 12:17:39 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: FL_engineer
The UN, France, Russia, China, and Germany are all milling about smartly each knowing that the other has reeled it out and stomped all over it. Everybodys' dirty laundry is blowing around in the streets of Baghdad and the Coalition of The Willing is picking it all up!

EXCELLENT

26 posted on 04/25/2003 12:22:56 PM PDT by Delta 21 (GOD....Guns.....& Guts -- It takes all three to be FREE)
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To: sarasota
Sheesh. They're dropping like flies.
27 posted on 04/25/2003 12:24:01 PM PDT by RobRoy
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To: sarasota
It wouldnt suprise me at all to find selected Saddamits roaming aimlessly in the desert near the Syrian border, and annonimous phones calls with their exact coordinates. Bush put the stink eye on Syria real bad.

He He

This is the most fun I've had in a long time!!

28 posted on 04/25/2003 12:26:57 PM PDT by Delta 21 (GOD....Guns.....& Guts -- It takes all three to be FREE)
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To: FL_engineer
But since he appears to be clarifying that story in print on 4/20, it may be he mis-spoke or was widely mis-understood.

Good idea -- we wouldn't want to start another urban legend about Ollie (like his supposed fingering of Bin Laden as the terrorist who threatened to kill him in 1986).

Nice work on the chart!

29 posted on 04/25/2003 12:36:00 PM PDT by browardchad
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To: FL_engineer
Thanks for the ping.
30 posted on 04/25/2003 1:05:40 PM PDT by sistergoldenhair (Don't be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.)
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To: FL_engineer
Thanks so much for doing this. It's always a "keeper".
31 posted on 04/25/2003 4:18:38 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Sub-Driver
Also on Thursday, Tareq Aziz, Iraq's former deputy prime minister and one of the best-known figures in Saddam Hussein's old guard, surrendered to U.S. forces.

Sir SuziQ told me he had heard that Tariq Aziz (real name Michael Yuhanna) had sent an 'envoy' to the Americans to negotiate the terms of his surrender. The Americans said "No terms; surrender, or we come and get you".

Yeah!

32 posted on 04/25/2003 4:18:55 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
I think it was his son who approach us troops...mea culpa...
33 posted on 04/25/2003 5:18:59 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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