US: Al-Douri not captured

02 December 2003
The deputy of former Iraq president Saddam Hussein, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was not captured in an operation in the northern city of Kirkuk on 1 December, announced a US military spokesman Doug Vincent on 2 December. The confirmation came hours after Iraqi Interim Governing Council (IGC) member, Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, told reporters in Iraq that Al-Douri had been captured or killed during the assault. 'There was a major action against a highly suspicious target last night [1 December] in Kirkuk and it is very possible that Izzat Ibrahim has been captured or killed,' he said.

US soldiers on 25 November detained the wife and daughter of Al-Douri in the town of Samarra, north of Baghdad, and on 19 November US authorities offered a reward of $10 million for information leading to his arrest (MEED 26:11:03).

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