Exclusive: Dispute over former Iraqi VP Izzat Ibrahim’s reported capture
April 24, 2008, 12:21 AM (GMT+02:00)
Iraqi security sources reported that Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, 66, who led the Iraqi Sunni Baath underground campaign against the US Army after Saddam Hussein’s overthrow in 2003, was captured in Salahuddin north of Baghdad. They said that the King of Clubs on the US most wanted deck of cards list was moved to Baghdad and handed over to US forces.
The US military in Baghdad stated: "At this point, we can say that he is not in coalition custody and we have no reports that he was captured by Iraqi security forces either."
DNA tests are being conducted to confirm his identity.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s exclusive counter-terror sources report Syrian police pushed him across the border Tuesday, April 23 in an effort to blunt the impact of disclosures in the US Congress on April 24 about its covert nuclear site which Israeli raiders destroyed last September.