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U.S. military: Iraqi finance minister in custody

Palestinian Abu Nidal member surrenders to Marines

Iraq's deputy prime minister, economics and finance minister, Azzawi is listed as No. 45 on the most-wanted list.
Iraq's deputy prime minister, economics and finance minister, Azzawi is listed as No. 45 on the most-wanted list.

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DOHA, Qatar (CNN) -- Hikmat al Azzawi, one of the list of 55 most-wanted Iraqi officials, has been taken into U.S. military custody, U.S. Central Command said Saturday.

Iraq's deputy prime minister, economics and finance minister, he is listed as No. 45 on the most-wanted list.

Azzawi was captured Friday by Iraqi police in Baghdad and turned over to U.S. Marines, a military spokeswoman said.

He is shown as the eight of diamonds in the deck of playing cards that U.S. troops received to help identify the 55 most-wanted Iraqis. Fifty-two officials are shown on the deck. Three other leaders have been added to the most-wanted list, though new cards have not been printed.

Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is the ace of spades.

In addition to Azzawi, Central Command has said, four other Iraqi leaders from its most-wanted list are in custody:

• No. 24 -- Samir abd al Aziz al Najm, Baath Party leader

• No. 51 -- Watban Ibrahim Hasan al Tikriti, Saddam's half-brother

• No. 52 -- Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al Tikriti, Saddam's half-brother

• No. 55 -- Amir Hamudi Hasan al-Sadi, Saddam's science adviser

The Central Command spokeswoman also said Khala Kadr Al-Salahat, a member of the Palestinian Abu Nidal organization, also known as the Fatah Revolutionary Council, turned himself in to Marines on Friday in Baghdad.

Salahat is not on the most-wanted list.

It was not clear what status Salahat had in the group. Its leader, Abu Nidal, died in Baghdad in August. Iraqi officials said he committed suicide, but the organization said he was murdered.

The organization has been blamed for more than 90 terrorist attacks that killed more than 300 people and wounded 600 others. Major attacks include strikes on airports in Rome, Italy, and Vienna, Austria, in December 1985; the Pan Am Flight 73 hijacking in Karachi, Pakistan, in September 1986; and the City of Poros day-excursion ship attack in Greece in July 1988.


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