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Posted on 06/05/2003 2:33:21 AM PDT by kattracks
US forces say No 30 on Iraq wanted list in custody
BAGHDAD, June 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. military has said that its forces had captured the commander of one of Saddam Hussein's paramilitary forces who is on Washington's list of most-wanted Iraqis.
The U.S. Central Command said in a statement late on Wednesday that Ayad Futayyih Khalifa al-Rawi, number 30 on the list, was now in custody. It gave no details.
His arrest brought to 28 the number of people on the list known to have surrendered or been captured. The U.S. issued the list after ousting Saddam on April 19.
Rawi was chief of staff for the volunteer Al Quds (Jerusalem) Force, drawn mainly from the Iraqi military and the Baath party. The force held frequent military parades in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq, but Saddam said a few months after its creation that no more volunteers were needed.
Iraqi political sources said Al Quds Force was in practice used for internal repression.
06/05/03 03:37 ET