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04-21-03, 06:34 PM
U.S. arrests senior official of Saddam's regime
Former prime minister suppressed Shiite uprising in 1991

Monday, April 21, 2003 Posted: 6:19 PM EDT (2219 GMT

DOHA, Qatar (CNN) -- Muhammad Hazmaq al-Zubaydi, No. 18 on the U.S. list of most-wanted Iraqi leaders, has been taken into custody in Iraq, U.S. Central Command said.

He is the most senior figure from Saddam Hussein's regime arrested so far and has a reputation as a ruthless and violent enforcer of the former regime's will. Al-Zubaydi is a former prime minister and deputy prime minister.

The Free Iraqi Forces have a videotape of al-Zubaydi torturing and shooting prisoners in 1991 after the Shiite uprising in Nasiriya, Time Magazine reporter Brian Bennett told CNN.

He is believed to have led the violent suppression that uprising, in which thousands were killed. He was shown in Iraqi news video kicking and beating captured Shiite dissidents.

Al-Zubaydi presided over the destruction of the southern marshes in 1992-98, and is said to have issued orders to army generals to "wipe-out" specific Marsh Arab tribes.

As Saddam's Central Euphrates regional commander from 1998 to 2000, he continued to suppress Shiite opposition and was linked to many attacks, including the assassination of a leading Shiite cleric, the Grand Ayatollah Al-Sadr, and two of his sons in the Shiite center of Najaf in 1999.

Al-Zubaydi was captured by Free Iraqi Forces in coordination with U.S. Army's special operations forces, Bennett said, adding that officials believe al-Zubaydi might have information on possible weapons of mass destruction sites.

He is the queen of spades on the deck of cards featuring wanted Iraqi leaders that was handed out to U.S. troops.

U.S. Central Command has announced the arrests of six other members of Saddam's regime.

The Iraqi National Congress, an opposition group that has long worked with the United States, said another Iraqi official -- Saddam's son-in-law -- surrendered and was taken into U.S. custody Monday, but there has been no confirmation from U.S. Central Command.

DOHA, Qatar (CNN) -- Muhammad Hazmaq al-Zubaydi, No. 18 on the U.S. list of most-wanted Iraqi leaders, has been taken into custody in Iraq, U.S. Central Command said.

He is the most senior figure from Saddam Hussein's regime arrested so far and has a reputation as a ruthless and violent enforcer of the former regime's will. Al-Zubaydi is a former prime minister and deputy prime minister.

The Free Iraqi Forces have a videotape of al-Zubaydi torturing and shooting prisoners in 1991 after the Shiite uprising in Nasiriya, Time Magazine reporter Brian Bennett told CNN.

He is believed to have led the violent suppression that uprising, in which thousands were killed. He was shown in Iraqi news video kicking and beating captured Shiite dissidents.

Al-Zubaydi presided over the destruction of the southern marshes in 1992-98, and is said to have issued orders to army generals to "wipe-out" specific Marsh Arab tribes.

As Saddam's Central Euphrates regional commander from 1998 to 2000, he continued to suppress Shiite opposition and was linked to many attacks, including the assassination of a leading Shiite cleric, the Grand Ayatollah Al-Sadr, and two of his sons in the Shiite center of Najaf in 1999.

Al-Zubaydi was captured by Free Iraqi Forces in coordination with U.S. Army's special operations forces, Bennett said, adding that officials believe al-Zubaydi might have information on possible weapons of mass destruction sites.

He is the queen of spades on the deck of cards featuring wanted Iraqi leaders that was handed out to U.S. troops.

U.S. Central Command has announced the arrests of six other members of Saddam's regime.

The Iraqi National Congress, an opposition group that has long worked with the United States, said another Iraqi official -- Saddam's son-in-law -- surrendered and was taken into U.S. custody Monday, but there has been no confirmation from U.S. Central Command.

[img]DOHA, Qatar (CNN) -- Muhammad Hazmaq al-Zubaydi, No. 18 on the U.S. list of most-wanted Iraqi leaders, has been taken into custody in Iraq, U.S. Central Command said.

He is the most senior figure from Saddam Hussein's regime arrested so far and has a reputation as a ruthless and violent enforcer of the former regime's will. Al-Zubaydi is a former prime minister and deputy prime minister.

The Free Iraqi Forces have a videotape of al-Zubaydi torturing and shooting prisoners in 1991 after the Shiite uprising in Nasiriya, Time Magazine reporter Brian Bennett told CNN.

He is believed to have led the violent suppression that uprising, in which thousands were killed. He was shown in Iraqi news video kicking and beating captured Shiite dissidents.

Al-Zubaydi presided over the destruction of the southern marshes in 1992-98, and is said to have issued orders to army generals to "wipe-out" specific Marsh Arab tribes.

As Saddam's Central Euphrates regional commander from 1998 to 2000, he continued to suppress Shiite opposition and was linked to many attacks, including the assassination of a leading Shiite cleric, the Grand Ayatollah Al-Sadr, and two of his sons in the Shiite center of Najaf in 1999.

Al-Zubaydi was captured by Free Iraqi Forces in coordination with U.S. Army's special operations forces, Bennett said, adding that officials believe al-Zubaydi might have information on possible weapons of mass destruction sites.

He is the queen of spades on the deck of cards featuring wanted Iraqi leaders that was handed out to U.S. troops.

U.S. Central Command has announced the arrests of six other members of Saddam's regime.

The Iraqi National Congress, an opposition group that has long worked with the United States, said another Iraqi official -- Saddam's son-in-law -- surrendered and was taken into U.S. custody Monday, but there has been no confirmation from U.S. Central Command.

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