Iraqi Defense Minister Under House Arrest

(Guardian-UK) - Luke Harding Saddam Hussein is reported to have placed his defense minister and close relative under house arrest in an extraordinary move apparently designed to prevent a coup. Iraqi opposition newspapers, citing sources in Baghdad, claimed Monday that the head of the Iraqi military, Lieutenant-General Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Jabburi Tai, was now effectively a prisoner in his home.

2003-02-19 00:00:00

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