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Wanted Iraq Baath official arrested

Feb. 10, 2004 at 8:02 AM

BAGHDAD, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. forces arrested a senior former Baath party member on the list of 55 wanted officials of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's regime.

A U.S. army spokesman said Tuesday Mohsen Khodr al-Khafaji, the most senior Baath official in southern Iraq, was arrested ,raising to 44 the number of wanted officials who have been rounded up, including Saddam.

Eleven officials are still at large, including deputy president Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

U.S. forces also distributed leaflets in Baghdad offering up to $1.6 million in rewards for tips leading to the arrest of al-Douri and other former Baath officials, in addition to Abu Misaab al-Zirkawi, a terrorist leader affiliated with al-Qaida network and who is believed to be in Iraq.

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