Former Iraqi General Ali Hassan al- Majid, known as “Chemical Ali” for his role in gas attacks on Kurdish villages, has been captured and is in the custody of the U.S.-led coalition, U.S. Central Command said.
Al-Majid, the former Revolutionary Command Council commander under Saddam Hussein, was No. 5 on the list of 55 most-wanted members of the ousted regime. He was the King of Spades in the deck of cards the U.S. issued to represent the list. Details of his capture weren’t immediately available.
There’ll be a party in Kurdistan tonight.
It looks like we’re rolling them up pretty quickly — faster than I’d dared hope. The only occupation this really compares to is Germany and Japan in 1945, where we had millions of pairs of boots on the ground, in a nation about the size of Washington State and Oregon combined, and four small islands. Today we have about 150,000 men and women looking for 50-some-odd people in a country twice the size of Idaho.
They’re doing an impressive job.