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The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

Slowly the strategy of taking it to the insurgents seems to be paying off.

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) - U.S. troops may have killed or arrested Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein's top former deputy suspected of leading the anti-U.S. insurgency, an Iraqi official said Tuesday. Officials of the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad said they had no information on the report.

Al-Douri - the highest-ranked Iraqi fugitive after Saddam - may have been arrested or killed in a U.S. raid in Kirkuk in northern Iraq, a senior Kurdish official in Kirkuk said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"I heard he might have been killed or captured," the official said, citing sources in his political party. The official said family members of al-Douri bodyguards were seen crying and saying that al-Douri had been captured.


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