Ahmed surrenders to US

19 September 2003
Iraq's former defence minister, Sultan Hashim Ahmed, surrendered to US forces in northern Iraq on 19 September. Ahmed, who was ranked 27 on the US list of most wanted Iraqi officials, gave himself up in the city of Mosul. Dawood Bagistani, a Kurdish negotiator in the city, mediated the handover.

US forces have been concentrating their efforts on searching for officials linked to Saddam Hussein's regime in the so-called 'Sunni triangle' northwest of Baghdad. The predominantly Sunni area has proven itself a bastion of the former regime since the US led invasion, and has seen the most attacks against coalition forces.

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