Sunday, February 27, 2005

Saddam's Half-Brother Captured

Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, No. 36 on the list of 55 most-wanted Iraqis, is Saddam's half-brother. He was head of General Security Directorate. This was the arm of the government that was dreaded most. It was responsible for cracking down on anyone who opposed Saddam, especially political opponents. He later became a cabinent advisor to Saddam. That was his last position.

He is suspected of running the operations of suicide bombers and kidnappings/torture/beheadings of USA Military and Iraqis from Syria. Prime Minister Ayad Allawi accused the Syrian government of harboring these terrorists back in December. He has declared that all of them will be brought to justice.

Many more were captured, and many more were murdered. To see the whole story, [read more].

UPDATE: Prime Minister Allawi is giving credit to the Syrian government for their part in securing the capture of al-Hassan. Either Syria is scared, finally getting the message that we mean business, or he's got something on Allawi. The last one I doubt. I do believe Allawi is a man that wants peace is his region, however, and may be trying to diplomatically play the goodwill card.

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