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Special Report: Playing Out a Bad Hand

They got the ace of spades, but the hunt continues for the king of clubs, the top card still out in the Pentagon (news – web sites)’s deck of the most wanted Iraqi fugitives. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, 61, one of Saddam Hussein (news – web sites)’s most brutal and hated thugs, is on the run. There’s a $10 million bounty on his head–and U.S. officials say they’re aggressively searching for him. Now that Saddam is out of the picture, there’s concern that al-Douri could be directing insurgent strikes on U.S. and coalition forces and cooperating Iraqis. “He is among those who we most want to catch,” a U.S. intelligence official says of al-Douri, Saddam’s longtime No. 2 on the Revolutionary Command Council and deputy commander in chief of the Iraqi Army. “Al-Douri is one that we think is intimately involved in the activities of former regime elements,” adds Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Full Story

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