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Deck of Cards Helps Troops Identify Regime's Most Wanted

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2003 – Coalition forces in Iraq are using a specially created deck of 55 playing cards to identify the "most wanted" members of Saddam Hussein's regime.

News reports today indicated that Amir Hamudi Hasan Al- Sadi, Saddam's presidential scientific adviser, shown on "7" of diamonds card No. 55, has turned himself in to coalition authorities.

Coalition officials have identified a list of 55 key regime leaders they intend to pursue, kill or capture, Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, deputy director of operations at U.S. Central Command, said in Qatar April 11. "The list does not exclude leaders who may have already been killed or captured," he noted.

Command officials designed the cards displaying the names, faces and titles of the Iraqis to help soldiers and Marines in the field should contact occur, Brooks said. Each deck has two Jokers, one showing Iraqi military ranks and the other, Arab tribal titles. Saddam Hussein is depicted on the Ace of Spades.

The list is also being distributed throughout Iraq in other forms, such as posters and handbills, which will become more and more visible over the coming days, Brooks said.

"The intent here is to help the coalition gain information from the Iraqi people, so that they also know exactly who it is we seek."

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