Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and a former senior commander under Saddam Hussein top a new list of most-wanted members of insurgent groups opposing the U.S.-backed government in Iraq.
The list, published by U.S. Central Command earlier this month, cites 29 people. The Iraqi government has issued warrants for the arrest of all, and awards for information leading to their capture range from $50,000 for several leaders to $25 million for al-Zarqawi.
The network of al-Zarqawi, who has affiliated himself with al-Qaida, is suspected to be responsible for terrorist attacks that killed more than 500 Iraqis in the last year, the Central Command said.
The No. 2 individual on the list, in terms of reward, is Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who was vice chairman of Saddam’s Revolutionary Command Council. He is now believed to lead groups called the New Regional Command and the New Baath Party and provide financial support for the insurgency.
The reward for al-Douri is $10 million.
Other people on the list include former members of Saddam’s regime, al-Zarqawi lieutenants and people believed to be providing financial support to the insurgency. They are believed to be either in Iraq or neighboring countries, the Central Command said.