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Well, too bad, that al-Quaida propagandist who was killed by the Iraqis the other day in Taji, Iraq, was not one of the top 52 terrorists pictured on the deck of cards Americans put out back at the start of the Iraq war.
Not that Muharib Abdul-Latif al-Jubouri didnt deserve killing. He was involved in the kidnappings of Christian Science Monitor reporter Jill Carroll and other Westerners.
Miss Carroll was released unharmed, although Tom Fox, one of four abducted men from the Chicago-based peace group Christian Peacemaker Teams, was found shot to death in Baghdad in 2006.
After al-Jubouri was identified through photos and DNA, his body was turned over to his tribe. Two other al-Quaida bigshots also had been rumored to be dead but our Army spokesman and that of the Iraqi government say no bodies have been produced, so they are presumed to be still at large.
Eight of the original 52 remain at large, according to the most up-to-date list which I got from George Behan of U.S. Rep. Norm Dickss office and he got from the Pentagon.
Thirty have been captured, including Saddam Hussein, later tried and sentenced to death.
He was the ace of spades. His sons, Uday and Qusay, were the only ones in the deck reported to have been killed (by U.S. troops). Qusay was the ace of clubs and Uday the ace of hearts. The ace of diamonds, presidential secretary Abid Hamid Mamud, was captured just before the sons were killed.
Twelve others are listed as in custody, including a son-in-law of Hussein. I didnt know there were any sons-in-law still alive. Remember when a couple of them fled with their wives and children into one of the neighboring Arab countries and Hussein issued a public plea for them to come home? All was forgiven, he said. They came back and he shot the sons-in-law. The surviving one was small fry as the nine of clubs.
Three of Saddams half-brothers are in the deck, all listed as presidential advisors. Of these, the five of spades and five of clubs were taken into custody in April, 2003. The six of diamonds was captured in early 2005.
The highest ranking target still out there is Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, a vice chair and commander, the king of clubs, followed by Hani Abd al-Latif Tilfa, Special Security Organization, the king of hearts. There is a $1 million reward for Tilfa.
All the queens have been caught but only one jack, the armed forces chief of staff. Each of the other three jacks has a $1 million bounty on his head. All the tens are captured and three of the nines. The nine of spades, who is chief of tribal affairs, has a $1 million bounty. Also captured or in custody are all the eights, sevens, sixes, threes and twos. The last two that are free are militia commander Abd ak-B aqi a bd al-Karim, the five of diamonds, and Yahya al-Ubaydi, the four of diamonds, each with $1 million on his head.
This updated list of terrorists adds 30 more names on top of the original 52, most of whom are captured or killed. One of those listed as dead is Abu Al-Zarkawi, a poisons expert who ran a poisons and explosives training camp as well as a link between Iraq and al-Quaida. He had a $25 million bounty on his head. Who got it I dont know. Still at large with $25 million on his head is Saif Al-Ade1, an Egyptian wanted in connection with numerous bombings of U.S. Embassies, and Abdel Yasin, an American born in Indiana and linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing with a $5 million reward.
It aint over til its over, folks. Ill keep you informed.
Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69. Hansville, WA, 98340.