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Iraq's top detainees
Saddam Hussein heads a list of 12 former top Iraqi leaders who have been transferred to Iraqi custody. Most of them form part of the most-wanted list which constitutes the deck of 55 identification cards US troops were issued with last year.

Saddam Hussein
1. Saddam Hussein
President of Iraq, commander-in-chief of military :: Captured by coalition forces 13 December 2003

War crimes claims against the Iraqi leader include genocide of the Kurds, "ethnic cleansing" in which tens of thousands of Kurds, Turkmen and Assyrians around the oil-rich city of Kirkuk were expelled as part of an "Arabisation" programme, mass civilian executions after the Kurdish and Shia uprisings in 1991, and religious persecution.

Taha Yassin Ramadan
2. Taha Yassin Ramadan
Vice-president :: Taken into custody 18 August 2003

The 65-year-old vice-president and commander of the popular army was known as Saddam Hussein's enforcer. He is accused of complicity in the occupation of Kuwait. He is also accused of involvement in the brutal repression of Shia Muslims who rose up against the regime in 1991 and of the killing of thousands of Kurds in the town of Halabja in 1988 when the town was attacked with poison gas bombs.

Tariq Aziz
3. Tariq Aziz
Deputy prime minister :: Surrendered 24 April 2003

The only Christian in the leadership was at Saddam Hussein's side from the 1950s. The 67-year-old deputy prime minister is one of the most well-known faces of the former regime in the West. As a member of the Revolutionary Command Council, he is accused by Indict, a British organisation which gathers evidence against former Iraqi leaders, of complicity in war crimes against Iran, Kuwait and his own people.

Abid Hamid Mahmud Al-Tikriti
4. Abid Hamid al-Tikriti
Presidential secretary :: Taken into custody 18 June 2003

One of Saddam Hussein's closest aides, Abed Hamoud controlled access to the president and was frequently at his side. He is said to have directed matters of state and handed down many of the regime's repressive orders. The US says he was also authorised to deploy weapons of mass destruction.

5. Ali Hasan Majid
Presidential adviser, southern region commander :: Captured by coalition forces 21 August 2003

Saddam Hussein's cousin, Ali Hasan Majid, was known as "Chemical Ali" for his alleged role in the use of poison gas against Kurds in 1988. He had earlier been reported killed in a coalition airstrike on his house in Basra.

6. Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tal
Minister of defence :: Surrendered 19 September 2003

Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tal was rumoured to have collaborated with the US military during last year's invasion of Iraq.

Aziz Salih al-Numan
7. Aziz Salih al-Numan
Baath Party regional commander, militia commander :: Taken into custody 22 May 2003

The former governor of occupied Kuwait and commander of the popular army in Kuwait is accused of complicity in atrocities allegedly carried out on Kuwaiti citizens. He was governor of the Karbala and Najaf areas in the 1970s and 1980s and is believed to have been involved in the destruction of Shia Muslim shrines during that time.

Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti
8. Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti
Baath party official :: Taken into custody 16 April 2003

The former director of the notorious intelligence service, or Mukhabarat, which is believed to have tortured and murdered thousands of opponents of the regime. He is listed as number 52 in the US deck. He is also a former ambassador to the UN in Geneva.

Watban Ibrahim al-Tikriti
9. Watban Ibrahim al-Tikriti
Baath Party official :: Taken into custody 13 April 2003

Saddam Hussein's half-brother and former intelligence minister and number 51 on the list. The former interior minister is believed to have been involved in repressing the 1991 uprisings.

Mohammad Hamza Zubeidi
10. Muhammad Hamza al-Zubaidi
Central Euphrates region commander :: Taken into custody 21 April 2003

Former deputy prime minister and member of the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) Mr al-Zubaidi was captured by pro-US Free Iraqi forces on 21 April.

11. Kamal Mustafa Abdallah Sultan Tikriti
Republican Guard secretary :: Surrendered 17 May 2003

General Sultan spent almost his entire career in the Republican Guard and is considered to be part of Saddam Hussein's inner circle. His brother is married to the former leader's youngest daughter, Hala.

12. Sabir Abdul Aziz Al-Douri
Saddam's head of military intelligence:: Not in the US-issued most wanted list of 55.

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