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Hussein Arrest Yields Details on Resistance

Detention of Insurgents Rises, U.S. Commander Says. The top commander of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region said Wednesday that the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein had given U.S. authorities valuable insight into the structure and operations of the resistance. “I don’t want to characterize it as a great intelligence windfall,” said Army Gen. John Abizaid, the head of U.S. Central Command. “But it’s clear that we have gained a greater understanding of how things work as a result of capturing him and looking over his environment and understanding the whole picture.” Information gained from the capture, coupled with intelligence gathered during an intensified effort over the past two months, has contributed to “a good haul” of more suspected insurgents, Abizaid said. He described those detained as “several mid-level Baathist leaders of cells in areas that we haven’t had the opportunity to really get a good grip on previously.” Full Story

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