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Saddam daughter 'safe in Jordan'
Photo of the daughter of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Raghad
Both women are living in exile
Jordan has said Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter, sought as a fugitive by Iraqi authorities, is living in Jordan under the protection of its royal family.

Raghad Hussein and Saddam Hussein's first wife, Sajida, appeared on a new list of wanted suspects, unveiled by the Iraqi national security adviser.

The list of 41 key figures also includes Saddam Hussein's former deputy and the new leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Mowaffaq al-Rubaie urged countries harbouring suspects to hand them over.

The national security advisor also announced that the former leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had been buried in Iraq in a secret grave.

Zarqawi died in a US air strike on 7 June.

His family and al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had wanted the militant's body returned to his native Jordan for burial, but the Jordanian authorities had refused.

'Asylum seeker'

"We are releasing this list so that our people can know their enemies," Mr Rubaie told reporters at a news conference.

He said those named were "responsible for most of the bombings and indiscriminate killings aimed at... starting a sectarian war between Sunnis and Shias".

But the Jordanian prime minister said Raghad Hussein had special status in his country.

"She is the guest of the Hashemite royal family and under its protection as a seeker of asylum," Mr Bakhit was quoted as saying by the official Petra news agency.

Mr Bakhit said Iraq had not officially asked Jordan to hand over any suspects.

"Jordan will deal with the issue when it occurs and according to what is appropriate," the Associated Press news agency quoted him as saying.

Raghad, who fled the US-invasion of Iraq in 2003, has played a part in organising her father's legal defence for crimes against humanity.

Reward

The wanted list includes top figures still surviving from Saddam Hussein's ousted regime, including his former right-hand man, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

Mr Douri has been accused of financing Sunni insurgent groups in Iraq.

The US has offered a reward of up to $10m for his capture.

The list also includes known figures in the Islamic strand of the insurgency, such as new al-Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Hamza al-Muhajir.


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