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Apparently the new Iraqi government has received enough intel on insurgent financing to trace some of it back to the wife and daughter of Saddam Hussein. At a press conference, the Iraqi national security advisor unveiled their new most-wanted list, and the two women occupy slots 16 and 17:
Saddam Hussein's wife and eldest daughter are among 41 people on the Iraqi government's most wanted list, along with the new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, a top official announced Sunday. ...
Al-Rubaie told reporters the government was releasing the most wanted list "so that our people can know their enemies."
Saddam's wife, Sajida Khairallah Tulfah, was No. 17, just behind the ousted leader's eldest daughter, Raghad. Sajida is believed to be in Qatar, and Raghad lives in Jordan, where she was given refuge by King Abdullah II.
The Jordanians deny that Raghad has participated in any actions supporting terrorists or insurgents. The PM notes that Jordan gave Raghad and her children asylum for humanitarian purposes and have monitored their activities. While Rubaie says that some of the countries where their most wanted reside have agreed to cooperate with the Iraqis, Jordan's statement sounds like a clear message that they will not be extraditing Raghad any time in the near future, and they say that the Iraqis have not asked for them to do so.
Interestingly, the new AQI leader only comes in at number 30. Abu Hamza al-Mujaher, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri and The Next Guy On The Hit Parade, apparently has not done enough evil to surpass the two women in Saddam's life. That gives a pretty clear indication that the Iraqis think that Raghad and Sajada have kept themselves busy with more than just crochet and needlepoint during their exile from Iraq.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri tops the new list from the Iraqi government. Douri remains at large, the highest-ranking Saddam regime member to do so, and has long been identified as the leader and promoter of the Ba'athist dead-enders in the native insurgency. The Coalition came close to catching the King of Clubs a couple of times, and an erroneous report of his capture went out in September 2004. We captured his nephew, a terror ringleader in his own right, in April 2005. His capture would cripple the native insurgencies, but it would take quite an operation to find him; he's suspected of running his operations across the Syrian border.
Will Saddam's wife and daughter follow him into the dock? It Rubaie thought that trying Saddam would prove politically tricky, the impact of hauling the two women into court could be explosive. They may just satisfy themselves to keep either from attempting to return to Iraq for the rest of their lives.Sphere It View blog reactions
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