Washington, 10 June 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. Defense Department says U.S. forces have captured two more of the 55 most-wanted Iraqis, including a former member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle. Latif Nusayyif al-Jasim al-Dulaymi, 18th on the list, was in the Revolutionary Command Council, a small group of Hussein's top advisers, and was a deputy secretary of the Ba'ath Party's military bureau.
The Pentagon says the second man captured was a top official in the chemical-weapons corps of the Iraqi military. Brigadier General Husayn al-Awadi, 53rd on the most-wanted list, also was a regional Ba'ath Party leader in Ninawa, in northern Iraq.
More than half of the top 55 wanted Iraqis are now in U.S. custody.