Saturday, March 22, 2003

Euronews is quoting U.S. officials to the effect that the Wednesday "decapitation attack" against Iraqi leaders killed three high-ranking figures, Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan, Vice-Chariman of the Revolutionary Command Council Izzat Ibrahim, and Ali Hassan al-Majid, the president's cousin and frequent enforcer.

But then turning to an article in today's New York Times, we read this on the attack against Baghdad last night (Friday):

Not all of today's airstrikes were successful. Two strikes were carried out to kill Ali Hassan al-Majid, Mr. Hussein's cousin, who is in charge of defense of the southern part of the country. He is known as "Chemical" Ali because of his role in overseeing chemical attacks against the Kurds. American military officials said they appeared to result in a near-miss.

So, they've killed him once, but have tried to kill him twice. Maybe, like Saddam, he has a double.

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