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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