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Captive guerrilla tied to Hussein

Said to receive $1m for attacks. As recently as two days before his capture, Saddam Hussein dined with a top lieutenant coordinating guerrilla attacks on the so-called “Highway of Death” leading north from Baghdad to Tikrit, and gave the leader more than a million dollars to finance the attacks, a US military commander said yesterday. The deputy, Qais Hattam, was seized at a farmhouse south of Tikrit early Tuesday morning along with 73 suspected Saddam Fedayeen guerrillas, a huge cache of explosives, and paperwork accounting for $1.9 million to finance attacks, said Colonel Nate Sassaman, who led the raid. Massive raids against suspected guerrillas continued yesterday, as US forces conducted their first cordon and sweep of an entire city, sealing all roads into Samarra early yesterday morning and arresting about 30 suspected insurgents. Samarra, a city about 30 miles south of Tikrit, is located on the Tigris alongside the Tikrit-Baghdad highway. Full Story

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