DUBAI: A man who might be Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, who tops the Iraqi government’s list of most-wanted fugitives, has been captured in Iraq, Al-Arabiya television reported Wednesday.
The man suspected to be Duri, who was number two under Saddam Hussein, was captured by Iraqi forces and handed over to the US military, it said, citing Iraqi security sources.
Al-Arabiya said the man was caught in Hamrin and was being moved to Baghdad. DNA tests are being conducted to confirm his identity, the Dubai-based Saudi-owned channel added.
Abu Mohammed, described as Duri’s envoy in Syria, told Al-Arabiya the report is fabricated. Duri is “leading the resistance and jihad in Iraq,” Abu Mohammad said by telephone.