Hussein's wife on wanted list

Published July 3, 2006

BAGHDAD - Saddam Hussein's wife and eldest daughter are among 41 people on the Iraqi government's most wanted list, along with the new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, a top official announced Sunday.

National security adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie also said the former al-Qaida boss, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had been buried secretly in Baghdad despite his family's demand that the body be returned to Jordan. Zarqawi died June 7 after a U.S. airstrike northeast of Baghdad.

Rubaie told reporters the government was releasing the most wanted list "so that our people can know their enemies."

Hussein's wife, Sajida Khairallah Tulfah, was No. 17, just behind the ousted leader's eldest daughter, Raghad. Sajida is believed to be in Qatar, and Raghad lives in Jordan, where she was given refuge by King Abdullah II.

The No. 1 spot on the list went to Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, formerly Hussein's top lieutenant and the highest-ranking regime figure to elude capture.

The United States has offered $10-million for Douri, who is alleged to be among the key organizers of the insurgency.

No. 30 on the list is Abu Ayyub al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, who was endorsed by Osama bin Laden as leader of al-Qaida's operations in Iraq in an audiotape posted Saturday on the Internet.

After a technical analysis, the CIA said Sunday it had determined that the voice heard on the tape is bin Laden's.

The government offered a $50,000 reward for Masri. Last week, the U.S. administration approved a reward up to $5-million for Masri, who is thought to be Egyptian.

Confirming Zarqawi's burial, the U.S. military said only that he had been interred "in accordance with Muslim customs and traditions." It gave no more details, saying the issue was in the hands of the Iraqi government.

Rubaie said that Zarqawi's body was in a secret grave in the capital but would give no other information.

In neighboring Jordan, Zarqawi's older brother demanded the body be sent to his homeland and accused President Bush's administration of lying about the burial.

"Bush took his body to the United States," Sayel al-Khalayleh said from his home in Zarqa. "Even if he is buried in Iraq, we will continue to ask for the body to be transferred and buried in Jordan. He should be buried in his own country."

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a member of Iraq's Shiite majority, was touring neighboring countries to bolster support for his new government and assure Sunni Arab leaders of his commitment to reconciliation among Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds. He met Saturday night with Saudi King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan.

Iraq's Arab neighbors fear sectarian tensions could spill over into their countries, which are dominated by Sunnis but have Shiite communities.

The Iraqi leader told the independent Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas that if his government falters in the battle against terrorism, "there will be no Iraq left."

The largest Sunni Arab bloc in parliament announced Sunday it was suspending participation in the legislature until a Sunni female lawmaker was freed by kidnappers who seized her and seven bodyguards in a Shiite part of Baghdad on Saturday.

Sunni politician Adnan al-Dulaimi called on other lawmakers to join the boycott, saying security officials bore responsibility for the abduction of Tayseer al-Mashhadani.

She was seized when her convoy was stopped by gunmen in a Shiite area of eastern Baghdad, just a few miles from where a car bomb blew up at an outdoor market in another Shiite district, killing at least 66 people and wounding about 100.