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Coalition Puts $10 Million Bounty on Former Regime Official

By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2003 – A key member of Saddam Hussein's deposed regime now has a $10 million price on his head, Coalition Provisional Authority officials said at a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq, today.

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, former vice president of Saddam's revolutionary council and No. 6 on the coalition's most-wanted list, is believed to be behind some recent attacks against coalition forces and Iraqis, said senior coalition spokesman Dan Senor. In the Defense Department's 55-card deck depicting wanted former regime officials, al-Douri's picture appears on the king of clubs.

Senor said the coalition is launching a campaign throughout Iraq to publicize the bounty on al-Douri and to remind the Iraqi people that a $25 million reward is on the table for the killing or capture of Saddam Hussein.

Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, coalition administrator, will promote the reward program in his next weekly televised address to the Iraqi people. Bremer also will remind them that when Saddam's sons, Uday and Qusay, were killed, the informant received $30 million in the fastest turnaround of reward funding in the program's history, Senor said.

Brig. Gen. Mark T. Kimmitt, deputy operations director for Coalition Joint Task Force 7 in Iraq, said a house al-Douri was having built was among targets attacked overnight in the continuing coalition offensive against its enemies. The general said former regime loyalists had used the house as an observation post.

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