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A half-brother of Saddam Hussein has been captured with help from Syria
A half-brother of Saddam Hussein who has played a leading role in the insurgency has been captured with help from Syria, which faces US allegations of abetting terrorism, Iraqi government officials said. The Government said in a statement Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hasan al-Tikriti, a top-level Baathist accused by the Government of directing the Iraqi insurgency from Syria, had been caught, without saying when, where or how he was seized. Ibrahim, an intelligence chief and one-time adviser to Saddam, was number 36 on the US military's list of the 55 most-wanted people in Iraq - the six of diamonds in the US military's pack of playing cards. The Government did not say whether US or Iraqi forces had captured him, reports the ABC News. The Iraqi government has claimed a number of successes in recent weeks in its fight against the insurgency. Also on Sunday, it announced the arrest of Lieutenant Colonel Khaled Rajab, accused of running a 40-person militant cell in and around the northern city of Mosul, and on Friday it said it had captured a key lieutenant of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Despite these successes, Iraq's daily suicide bomb blasts, ambushes and targeted killings persist. A bomb near Mosul on Sunday killed eight people and wounded at least two more, the U.S. military said. Several of the dead were Iraqi security guards, police said, writes the Daily Star
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