posted on Feb, 27 2005 @ 09:45 PM
In a gesture of goodwill, Damascus has captured and handed over Saddam Hussein's half brother, Sab'awi Ibrahim al-Hasan, as well as 29 other
fugitives. Al-Hasan was number 36 on the U.S. Top 50 Most Wanted Iraqis.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi officials said Sunday that Syria captured and handed over Saddam Hussein's half brother, one of the blood-soaked
insurgency's most wanted leaders, ending months of Syrian denials that it was harboring fugitives from the ousted Saddam regime.....
Sab'awi Ibrahim al-Hasan, who shared a mother with Saddam, was nabbed along with 29 other fugitive members of the former dictator's Baath Party in
Hasakah in northeastern Syria, 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Iraqi border, the officials said on condition of anonymity....
"The capture appeared to be a goodwill gesture by the Syrians to show that they are cooperating," one Iraqi official told The Associated Press.
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I congratulate the Iraqis for now having control over these fugitives and look forward to their day in court.
Syria has not disclosed exactly when these fugitives were seized except that it was after the Valentine's Day assassination in Lebanon. It is also
said that Sab'awi Ibrahim al-Hasan was rejected at an earlier date by Syrian guards trying to cross into Lebanon and Jordan.
I believe Syria has known of these insurgents and others for a very very long time and is only turning them over at this point because of U.S.
pressures following the assassination in Lebanon.
[edit on 2/27/2005 by infinite8]