BAGHDAD -- Saddam Hussein's wife and eldest daughter are among 41 people on the Iraqi government's most wanted list, along with the new leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, a top official announced yesterday .
National security adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie also said the former Al Qaeda boss, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had been buried secretly in Baghdad despite his family's demand that the body be returned to Jordan. Zarqawi died June 7 from a US airstrike northeast of Baghdad.
Rubaie told reporters the government was releasing the most wanted list ``so that our people can know their enemies."
Hussein's wife, Sajida Khairallah Tulfah, was number 17, just behind the ousted leader's eldest daughter, Raghad. Sajida is believed to be in Qatar, and Raghad lives in Jordan, where she was given refuge by King Abdullah II.
``We have contacted all the neighboring countries and they know what we want. Some of these countries are cooperating with us," Rubaie said. ``We will chase them inside and outside Iraq. We will chase them one after the other."
Iraqi officials have long alleged that Hussein's relatives who fled the country have been financing insurgent groups linked to the former ruling Baath party. Raghad has played a leading role in organizing her father's legal defense against charges stemming from his 23-year rule.
The number 1 spot on the list went to Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, formerly Hussein's top lieutenant and the highest-ranking regime figure to elude capture. The US has offered $10 million for Douri, who is alleged to be among the key organizers of the insurgency.
Although US and Iraqi officials often draw attention to religious extremists in the insurgency, such as the members of Al Qaeda in Iraq, most of those on the list had close links to Hussein's regime. They include Baath party leaders, intelligence officials, and Republican Guard officers.
Number 30 on the list is Abu Ayyub al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, who was endorsed by Osama bin Laden as leader of Al Qaeda's operations in Iraq in an audiotape posted Saturday on the Internet.
The government offered a $50,000 reward for Masri. Last week, the US administration approved a reward up to $5 million for Masri, who is believed to be Egyptian.
``Those people are carrying out bombings and random killings as they aim to inflict damage on the Iraqi people and ignite a sectarian war between Shi'ites and Sunnis," Rubaie said.
Zarqawi was blamed for many of Iraq's worst terror bombings before he was killed.
Confirming his burial, the US military said only that he had been interred ``in accordance with Muslim customs and traditions." It gave no more details, saying the issue was in the hands of the Iraqi government.
Rubaie told the Associated Press that Zarqawi's body was in a secret grave in the capital but would give no other information.
In neighboring Jordan, Zarqawi's older brother demanded the body be sent to his homeland and accused President Bush's administration of lying about the burial.
``Bush took his body to the United States," Sayel al-Khalayleh told AP from his home in Zarqa. ``Even if he is buried in Iraq, we will continue to ask for the body to be transferred and buried in Jordan. He should be buried in his own country."
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a member of Iraq's Shi'ite majority, was touring neighboring countries to bolster support for his new government and assure Sunni Arab leaders of his commitment to reconciliation among Shi'ites, Sunnis, and Kurds.
He met Saturday night with Saudi King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan, who expressed their support for his government, according to the official Saudi news agency.
Iraq's Arab neighbors fear sectarian tensions could spill over into their countries, which are dominated by Sunnis but have Shi'ite communities.
Maliki's government, which took office in May, has so far made little progress in healing the rift between Shi'ites and Sunnis, which widened dramatically after the Feb. 22 bombing of a Shi'ite shrine in Samarra.
The largest Sunni Arab bloc in parliament announced yesterday it was suspending participation in the legislature until a Sunni lawmaker was freed by kidnappers who seized her and seven bodyguards in a Shi'ite part of Baghdad on Saturday.
Sunni politician Adnan al-Dulaimi called on other lawmakers to join the boycott, saying security officials bore responsibility for the abduction of Tayseer al-Mashhadani.
She was seized when her convoy was stopped by gunmen in a Shi'ite area of eastern Baghdad, just a few miles from where a car bomb blew up at an outdoor market in another Shi'ite district, killing at least 66 people and wounding about 100.
That was the deadliest attack since Maliki's national unity government took office.
Moderate Shi'ite legislator Iyad Jamal al-Din survived an assassination attempt yesterday when a roadside bomb missed his convoy in Baghdad. A Shi'ite legislator from another party, Liqa Yassin, escaped a kidnap attempt in southern Baghdad, police said.