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Old 04-24-2003, 06:03 PM   #1
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Teraq Aziz in U.S. custody

U.S. forces holding Iraq's Tareq Aziz

Updated 5:58 PM ET April 24, 2003

By Mona Megalli

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - American forces in Iraq are holding former Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz, who long served as an articulate and strong-nerved negotiator for Saddam Hussein, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Aziz, who made full use of his excellent English to play a starring diplomatic role in the run-up to the 1991 Gulf War when he was foreign minister, appeared in public on March 19, the eve of the start of the war in Iraq to topple Saddam, after rumors that he had been shot or had defected.

Among the ousted Iraqi president's men, the silver-haired, cigar-smoking Aziz is the exception that proved the rule. He is a Christian not linked to the Sunni Muslim Tikriti clan that formed the backbone of Saddam's rule.

"We do have him in custody," said a U.S. defense official. "We have him," said another. "He's pretty easy to identify."

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Aziz is the 8 of Spades for those keeping track.....

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eight of spades

ew, i got bingo
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Originally posted by deep
eight of spades

ew, i got bingo

BTW, are you sure you don't have a full house?

C ya!

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A few months ago Tariq Aziz said hee'd favour death over being captured in Guantanamo base...

Do you think Aziz got a "deal" for surendering?

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I don't know that Aziz got a "deal" for turning himself in. I think he made some phone calls about his fate or whatever. That was in some report. I guess he got realistic about getting kicked out of power.

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