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'Syrian' Bomber Caught Alive in Baghdad, U.S. Says

A U.S. general said the one attacker captured in the bombings that killed 34 Monday had a Syrian passport, fueling suspicions that foreign fighters were behind a rising tide of violence. Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling of the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division said police shot and wounded the man when he got out of a car and tried to hurl a grenade at a Baghdad police station. The car carried three mortar rounds and was packed with TNT, he said. “He’s a foreign fighter. He had a Syrian passport and the policemen claim that as he was shot and fell that he said he was Syrian,” Hertling told a news conference. Iraqi Deputy Interior Minister Ahmad Ibrahim told the news conference the wounded attacker was now unconscious in hospital. Hertling said suicide attacks were not typical of supporters of ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, who have been blamed by the U.S. military for most of guerrilla attacks on its troops and other targets in postwar Iraq. “There are indicators that certainly these attacks have a mode of operation of foreign fighters,” Hertling said, adding that possible foreign links among the attackers would be investigated in the days to come. Full Story

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