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Watban Ibrahim Hasan Al-Tikriti

Watban Ibrahim Hasan Al-Tikriti was taken into coalition custody Apr. 13. He is a member of the Ba'ath Party and Saddam Hussein's half-brother.

Watban is one of three of Saddam's half-brothers (both share the same mother). During his tenure as Interior Minister, he is accused of having overseen the deportations, torture, and executions of hundred of prisoners. Some of those executions were reportedly taped with copies kept at the ministry.

Despite his family ties to Saddam and his position, Watban was not thought to be fully trusted by Saddam Hussein. Watban is believed to have been shot in the leg by Uday Husein during a party in 1995.

British SAS troops were believed to have orchestrated the capture of Watban Ibrahim Hasan Al-Tikriti near the town of Rabia, on the road between the city of Mosul and the Syrian border, as he was attempting to flee to Syria.

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