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Reports: Suspected ‘King of Clubs’ caught

April 24, 2008

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— An Arab satellite news channel reported that a man suspected of being Izzat Ibrahim Douri, a former official in the Saddam Hussein regime who tops Iraq's most-wanted list, was captured Wednesday by Iraqi soldiers in the northern part of the country.

The Al-Arabiya channel said the suspect was caught during a raid in the Hamrin Mountains, which straddle Salahuddin, Diyala and Tamim provinces.

The U.S. military said it had no information on the raid. Iraq's national security adviser, Mowaffak Rubaie, said he could not confirm that Douri had been captured. He told Al-Arabiya that the suspect had been brought to Baghdad for DNA testing.

The United States ranked Douri No. 6 on its most-wanted list after the 2003 invasion. He was dubbed "the king of clubs" in the military-produced card deck of most-sought fugitives. Douri remains the highest-ranking figure from the old regime still on the run.

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