Tariq Aziz surrenders to US forces

25 April 2003
US forces in Iraq on 24 April made their highest profile arrest so far when former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz surrendered in Baghdad. Aziz was number 43 on the US' list of the 55 most wanted Iraqis and is the 12th of these to be detained. He was the highest-ranking Christian in Saddam Hussein's regime and was regarded as one of the president's most loyal aides. Aziz was foreign minister in the run-up to the first Gulf war. Sent on frequent missions abroad to argue the regime's case, he was responsible for securing US support for Iraq's 1980-88 war against Iran.

Those on the US list so far in custody:

10. Muzahim Sa'b Hassan al-Tikriti

18. Muhammad Hazmaq al-Zubaidi

21. Zuhayr Talib Abd al-Sattar al-Naqib

24. Samir al-Aziz al-Najem

40. Jamal Mustafa Abdallah Sultan al-Tikriti

43. Tariq Aziz

45. Hikmat al-Azzawi

48. Muhammad Mahdi al-Salih

51. Watban Ibrahim al-Tikriti

52. Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti

54. Humam Abd al-Khaliq Abd al-Ghafur

55. Emir Hamudi Hasan al-Sadi

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