Sunday, February 27, 2005

Saddam's Half-Brother Captured

According to the Washington Times Saddam Hussein's half-brother, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan has been captured in Iraq.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi security forces captured Saddam Hussein's half brother and former adviser, government officials said Sunday, dealing a blow to an insurgency that some Iraqi officials claim the former fugitive was helping organize and fund, perhaps from Syria. The U.S. military also said two American soldiers were killed Sunday in an ambush in the capital.
The insurgency faction lead by al-Hassan is said by Global Security to be the largest of three Baathist factions.
The main one, still owing allegiance to jailed dictator Saddam Hussein, is operating out of Syria. It is led by Saddam's half-brother Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan and former aide Mohamed Yunis al-Ahmed, who provide funding to their connections in Mosul, Samarra, Baquba, Kirkuk and Tikrit.