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Hussein's Helpers a Key Source of Guerrilla Funding, U.S. Says

Small coterie of Hussein confidants draw on hidden cash to hire insurgents. The small coterie of advisors and friends who assisted Saddam Hussein during his time as a fugitive represents a vital cog in the larger network of former regime loyalists funding and organizing the armed insurgency in Iraq, U.S. military officials said. These Hussein confidants have relied on funds that may have been looted from the national treasury and stashed around the country to finance anti-coalition attacks, the officials said. The money has been used to hire legions of insurgents, including trigger-pullers, mortar men, bomb makers and others willing to wreak havoc, they said. “They would pay to get things done, or they would give someone the money who would then pay someone else,” said Maj. Stan Murphy, intelligence officer with the Army brigade that sought Hussein for months and caught him Saturday in a pit outside a farmhouse. Full Story

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