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U.S. military officials released a list of Iraqs' most wanted, in the form of a deck of playing cards. Each card has the picture, name, and rank of a prominent Iraqi official on the front, and a simple camo pattern on the back. The deck includes 52 playing cards, and 2 jokers.

Note: The following names are the spellings used on the cards themselves, and may not be the spellings commonly used. When applicable, I have pipe-linked the name to an existing node on the individual. This text is taken straight from the PDF of playing cards (source at end of writeup), and all (mis)spellings and grammatical errors have been left in their original format. Or in other words, the Typo Death Squad might as well leave this one alone and move on.

Asterisks (*) denote cards that don't have a picture. Dollar Signs ($) denote officials that are in US custody. Ampersands (&) denote officials that have been killed.

Update (03.25.04): It looks like America's game of 52-pickup with Iraq is almost over, with all the Aces captured or killed, most of the face cards in custody, and only 10 total remaining.


$♠ AceSaddam Hussayn al-Tikriti, President
$♦ Ace - Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti, Presidential Secretary
&♣ Ace – Qusay Saddam Husayn al-Tikriti, Special Security Organization (SS0) Supervisor/Ba'th Party Military Bureau Deputy Chairman
&♥ Ace – Uday Saddam Husayn, National Assembly Maker/Olympic Chairman/Saddam Feyadeen Chief
$♠ King - Ali Hasan al-Majid al-Tikriti, Presidential Advisor/RCC Member
$♦ King - Aziz Salih al-Numan, Ba'th Party Regional Command Chairman Responsible for West Baghdad
♣ King - Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri, RCC Vice Chairman
*♥ King - Hani Abd al-Latif Tilfah al-Tikriti, SSO Director, Special Security Organization
$♠ Queen - Muhammad Hamza Zubaydi, Retired RCC Member
$♦ Queen - Muzahim Sa'b Hasan al-Tikriti, Air Defense Forces Commander
$♣ Queen - Kamal Mustafa Abdallah Sultan al-Tikriti, Secretary of the Republican Guard & Special Republican Guard
$*♥ Queen - Barzan Abd al-Ghafur Sulayman Majid al-Tikriti, Special Republican Guard Commander
$♠ Jack - Ibrahim Ahmad Abd al-Sattar Muhammad al-Tikriti, Iraq Armed Forces Chief of Staff
♦ Jack - Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS)
♣ Jack - Sayf al-Din Fulayyth Hasan Tahaal-Rawi, Republican Guard Chief of Staff
*♥ Jack - Rafi Abd al-Latif Tilfah al-Tikriti, Director of General Security (DGS)
$♠ 10 - Hamid Raja Shalah al-Tikriti, Air Force Commander
$♦ 10 - Taha Ramadan al-Jizrawi, Vice President/RCC Member
$♣ 10 - Latif Nusayyif Jasim al-Dulaymi, Ba'th Party Military Bureau Deputy Chairman
$♥ 10 - Abd al-Tawab Mullah Huwaysh, Deputy Prime Minister
♠ 9 - Rukan Razuki Abd al-Ghafar Sulayman al-Majid al-Tikriti, Head of Tribal Affairs Office
$♦ 9 - Taha Muhyi al-Din Maruf, Vice President, RCC Member
$♣ 9 - Jamal Mustafa Abdallah Sultan al-Tikriti, Deputy Head of Tribal Affairs Office
$♥ 9 - Mizban Khadr Hadi, RCC Member
$♠ 8 - Tariq Aziz, Deputy Prime Minster, RCC Member
$♦ 8 - Hikmat Mizban Ibrahim al-Azzawi, Deputy Prime Minster and Finance Minister
$♣ 8 - Walid Hamid Tawfiq al-Tikriti, Governor of Basrah Governorate
$♥ 8 - Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tai, Minister of Defense
$♠ 7 - Mahmud Dhiyab al-Ahmad, Minister of Interior
$♦ 7 - Amir Hamudi Hasan al-Sadi, Presidential Scientific Advisor
$*♣ 7 - Ayad Futayyih Khalifa al-Rawi, Quds Forces Chief of Staff
$♥ 7 - Zuhayr Talib Abd al-Sattar al-Naqib, Director of Military Intelligence (DMI)
$♠ 6 - Amir Rashid Muhammad al-Ubaydi, Presidential Advisor/Oil Minister
♦ 6 - Sabawi Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, Presidential Advisor
$$♣ 6 - Husam Muhammad Amin al-Yasin, Head of National Monitoring Directorate (NMD)
$♥ 6 - Muhammad Mahdi al-Salih, Minister of Trade
$♠ 5 - Watban Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, Presidential Advisor
♦ 5 - Abd al-Baqi al-Karim Abdallah al-Sadun, Ba'th Party Regional Command, Chairman for Diyala District District
$♣ 5 - Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, Presidential Advisor
$♥ 5 - Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash, WMD Scientist/Ba'th Party Regional Command Member (Note: The only woman in the top 52)
$♠ 4 - Muhammad Zimam Abd al-Razzaq al-Sadun, Ba'th Regional Command Chairman for Ta'mim Governorate
*♦ 4 - Yahya Abdallah al-Ubaydi, Ba'th Party Regional Command Chairman for Basrah Governorate
$♣ 4 - Samir Abd al-Aziz al-Najim, Ba'th Party Regional Command Chairman for East Baghdad Governorate
$♥ 4 - Humam Abd al-Khaliq Abd al-Ghafur, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research
$*♠ 3 - Sa'd Abdul-Majid al-Faisal al-Tikriti, Ba'th Party Regional Command Chairman for Salah al-Din Governorate
$*♦ 3 - Muhsin Khadr al-Khafaji, Ba'th Party Regional Command Chairman for Qudisiyah District
$*♣ 3 - Sayf al-Din al-Mashhadani, Ba'th Party Regional Command Chairman for Muthanna District
$*♥ 3 - Fadil Mahmud Gharib (AKA: Gharib Muhammad Fazel al-Mashaikh), Ba'th Party Regional Command Chairman for Bahil District
$*♠ 2 - Rashid Taan Kazim, Ba'th Party Regional Chairman for Al-Anbar Governorate
$*♦ 2 - Adil Abdallah Mahdi, Ba'th Party Regional Command Chairman for Dhi Qar District
$*♣ 2 - Ugla Abid Saqr al-Kubaysi, Ba'th Party Regional Chairman for Maysan Governorate
$*♥ 2 - Ghazi Hammud al-Ubaydi, Ba'th Party Regional Command Chairman for al-Kut District


First Joker - Iraqi Military Ranks

General of the Army - Muhib
General - Fariq Awwal
Lt. General - Fariq
Major General - Liwa'
Brigadier General - 'Amid
Colonel - 'Aqid
Lt. Colonel - Muqaddam
Major - Ra'id
Captain - Naqib
1st LT. - Mulazim Awwal
2nd LT. - Mulazim
Sergeant - Arif
Corporal - Naib
Private 1st class - Jundi Awwal
Private - Jundi Awwal
Basic Private - Jundi

"Rukn"-staff officer
"Tayar"-Air Force
"Bahri"-Naval


Second Joker - Arab Titles

Clericon tribal leader
Qadi – Judge for Islamic Sharia Court
Shaykh - literally an elder

Iraqi tribal names were dropped starting in the 1970s. Many Iraqi last names in documents include the tribal name, for example, al-Tikiriti, which is very common among leading regime figures. Iraq decreed again in the 1990s that Military officers were not to use their tribal names.

Example: Muhammad Mullah Husayn Al-Tikiriti

First Name: Muhammad
Middle Name(s): Husayn (Note: I think this should actually be Mullah)
Reference Name: Husayn
Tribal Name: Al-Tikiriti


Although the CentCom website claims that these cards are not for sale or distribution, I have found them available for sale at http://www.card-press.com/iraqi%20playing%20cards.htm. It's pretty damned obvious that you can find packs of these cards anywhere.

GrouchyOldMan says re Iraq Most Wanted Playing Cards: Hi there, FYI, the company that originally made these cards for the U.S. Military sells them online at: greatusaflags.com
Source: www.centcom.mil

If you know of any nodes involving these people/places that differ in spelling from the cards, /msg me and I'll pipelink them. Additionally, do the same if any of these Top 52 get captured and I don't update their card with a $ in a reasonable period of time.

In addition, this is my 70th writeup and will propel me to Level 3. /me bows and thanks everyone who helped along the way

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