Saddam's Defense Minister hands himself in to US forces in Mosul
Former General Sultan Hasheem Ahmad, ousted leader Saddam's minister of defense, surrendered to the US General in charge of northern Iraq Friday following weeks of negotiations, a Kurdish mediator said.
According to AP, Dawood Bagistani, who arranged the surrender to Major General David Petraeus, said Ahmad, who was #27 on the United States' "wanted list" was handed over "with great respect" and was with his family members at the time.
Ahmed is a graduate of Baghdad's Military Academy and is considered a professional soldier, not involved too much with politics.
In a related development, U.S. occupation forces have captured an aide to one of Saddam's deputies who is high on America's most-wanted list of Iraqis, a U.S. commander in northern Iraq disclosed Thursday.
Col. Joe Anderson, commander of 2nd brigade of 101st Airborne Division, which occupies much of northern Iraq, stated his forces several days ago arrested a secretary for the vice chairman of Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.
Al-Douri is No. 6 on the most-wanted list of 55 Saddam's regime officials. His daughter was married to Saddam's eldest son, Udai.(Albawaba.com)
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