LONDON Ñ Iraqi President Saddam Hussein killed his leading military
commander on charges of treason as U.S. forces captured Baghdad.
The London-based A-Sharq Al Awsat daily said Saddam and his younger son,
Qusay, executed Gen. Seif Eddin Al Rawi on April 8. The newspaper said Al
Rawi, commander of the elite Republican Guards, was accused of treason and
shot in the head and back.
Al Rawi was summoned by Saddam and executed on the day U.S. marines
captured the Iraqi capital. The newspaper said Al Rawi's body was sent to
The newspaper report appeared to indicate that Saddam had not intended
to allow the rapid advance of the U.S. military toward Baghdad. Saddam had
deployed six Republican Guard divisions around the Iraqi capital, Middle East Newsline reported.
But two of the divisions, the Baghdad and Medina divisions, were
neutralized by U.S. air attacks. The four other divisions were said to have
failed to put up serious resistance.
On Friday, U.S. Central Command announced the capture of three Saddam
aides. The command said two of them were members of the Revolutionary
Command Council and the third was the director of Iraq's weapons development
program. All three were captured on Thursday.
The captured aides were identified as Abdul Tawab Mullah Huwaysh,
director of the Office of Military Industrialization. The Office of Military
Industrialization was responsible for the development of Iraq's most lethal
weapons. Huwaysh was listed as No. 16 on the U.S. most-wanted list.
The other two Iraqis were Taha Muhyl al Din Maruf, vice president and a
member of the Revolutionary Command Council. Maruf was No. 42 on the U.S.
55 most wanted Iraqis.
The United States also captured Mizban Khadr Hadi, another Revolutionary
Command Council member who had been an adviser to Saddam since the early
1980s. Hadi was No. 41 on the U.S. list.