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Iraqi Muhammad Hazmaq al-Zubaydi Arrested

Iraqi Muhammad Hazmaq al-Zubaydi Arrested

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Muhammad Hazmaq al-Zubaydi, who played a key role in the brutal suppression of the Shiite Muslim uprising of 1991, was arrested Monday in Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said.

Al-Zubaydi, a former member of the Iraqi Revolutionary Command Council and central Euphrates regional commander, was no. 18 on a list of the 55 most-wanted figures from Saddam Hussein's regime.

Central Command have no details on his arrest.

Al-Zubaydi, a former prime minister and deputy prime minister, was one of the key figures in suppressing the Shiite uprising that followed Iraq's defeat in the 1991 Gulf War.

He was featured in Iraqi news film kicking and beating captured Shiite rebels.

With Monday's capture, eight of the 54 wanted members of Saddam's inner circle are now in custody, though none of them are from the very top of the list. A ninth figure, Ali "Chemical Ali" Hassan al-Majid -- a top adviser to Saddam -- is believed to have been killed in a coalition airstrike in Basra.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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