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Bounty Offered for 12 Iraq Fugitives

December 27, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Iraq’s U.S.-led administration is putting bounties of $1 million each on the heads of 12 remaining fugitives from the coalition’s list of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis, officials said Saturday.

Administrators already are offering $10 million for information leading to the capture or death of the 13th remaining fugitive _ Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a senior official in the former regime and a Saddam Hussein confidant who now is the most wanted man in the country.

The 55 most-wanted Iraqis were emblazoned on a deck of playing cards, prepared by U.S. intelligence before the March invasion, with Saddam as the ace of spades. Forty-two people on the list have been killed or apprehended.

``Now that we’ve captured Saddam Hussein, we want to capitalize on this to clear up the last remnants of the former regime,″ said Charles Heatly, a spokesman for top U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer.

``Therefore, we are now focused on capturing the final dozen or so of their oppressors who remain from the deck of 55, as well as other ringleaders.″

Besides al-Douri, those on the top 55 list still at large include Hani Abd al-Latif Tilfah al-Tikriti, who is believed to be involved in the guerrilla war against the U.S.-led occupation, American officials have said. Both al-Douri _ No. 6 on the list _ and Tilfah _ No. 7 _ played senior roles in Saddam’s security apparatus.

Interrogated prisoners have suggested the men are helping organize the resistance, officials said. Some analysts dispute the contention that al-Douri is involved in the insurgency, saying he is too busy trying to elude his pursuers.

The administration is offering smaller rewards _ from $2,500 to $250,000 _ for help capturing other suspected guerrilla leaders.

The new $1 million bounties are on the heads of:

_ No. 7: Tilfah.

_ No. 14: Sayf al-Din Fulayyih Hasan Taha al-Rawi, Republican Guard chief of staff.

_ No. 15: Rafi Abd al-Latif Tilfah al-Tikriti, director of general security.

_ No. 16: Tahir Jalil Haboush, chief of Iraqi intelligence service.

_ No. 21: Rukan Razuki Abd al-Ghafar Sulayman al-Majid al-Tikriti, head of tribal affairs office.

_ No. 36: Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan, presidential adviser, Saddam’s half-brother.

_ No. 40: Abdel Baqi Abdel Karim Abdallah al-Sadun, Baath Party regional command chairman.

_ No. 41: Mohammed Zimam Abdul Razaq, Baath Party regional command chairman.

_ No. 44: Yahya Abdellah al-Aboudi, Baath Party regional command chairman.

_ No. 48: Muhsin Khadr al-Khafaji, Baath Party regional command chairman.

_ No. 49: Rashid Taan Kazim, Baath Party regional chairman.

_ No. 54: Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, Baath Party Regional command chairman, militia commander.

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