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Syria Captures Saddam’s Half-Brother

Iraqi officials speaking under cover of anonymity say that Syria is responsible for the capture of Saddam Hussein’s half-brother. Sab’awi Ibrahim Al-Hasan A-Tikriti, one of the most sought-after fugitives on the coalition’s most wanted list, was captured on Sunday.

Anonymous Iraqi sources have told news agencies that the capture was made possible because Syria, bowing to international pressure, “gave him up.” Official sources in Iraq are not commenting.

A-Tikriti, a half-brother to Saddam Hussein, is accused of being the chief funder and planner of the post-war insurgency. He headed Saddam’s intelligence services during the 1991 Gulf War, and then served as chief of general security until 1996 before becoming a key adviser to Saddam.