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U.S. issues most wanted list

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Saddam Hussein is the ace of spades in the pack of 55 cards

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DOHA, Qatar (CNN) -- Saddam Hussein is the "ace of spades" in a 55-card deck of the Iraqi regime leaders "most wanted" by the U.S. government.

The U.S. Central Command has a most-wanted list of Iraqi leaders it wants "pursued, killed or captured," said Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, U.S. Central Command's deputy director of operations.

Coalition soldiers in the field have been given the deck in several forms, one of which is a flip-deck of cards with an image of the person's face and job description of each official "to ease identification when contact does occur," he said.

Coalition forces also are hanging posters and handbills throughout Iraq to "to help the coalition gain information from the Iraqi people so that they also know exactly who it is we seek."

The cards list 52 of the most wanted regime leaders. The two jokers list Iraqi military ranks and Arab titles, the 55 card is the logo of the Defense Intelligence Agency who made the cards.

Saddam's son Usay is the ace of hearts, his son Qusay is the ace of clubs, Pentagon sources said.

The queen of hearts is Saddam's half brother and Special Republican Guard commander Barzan Ibrahim Hasan Al-Tikriti, who house was targeted this week by coalition aircraft, Pentagon sources said.

Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, a weapons of mass destruction scientist and key Baath party leader is the five of hearts, Pentagon sources said.

Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz is the eight of spades, Pentagon sources said.

U.S. intelligence officials say there is no hidden meaning in the card designators.

Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf, the infomation minister, is currently not in the deck, but is still a "person of interest."

Brooks said Friday the full list of 52 names will not be released to the public for about 24 hours.

The list includes leaders who may have already been killed or captured, Brooks said.

-- CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report.


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