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U.S.: Saddam's Capture Reveals Links to Guerrillas

Intelligence gleaned from Saddam Hussein’s capture shows he was in contact with suspected organizers of attacks against U.S. troops, a senior U.S. officer said Monday. Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, said the arrest of the deposed Iraqi strongman had also convinced top figures in his Baath party to turn over weapons and offer cooperation to U.S. forces. He said documents gathered after Saddam was found hiding in a hole on a farm outside his hometown and power base of Tikrit had validated previous intelligence about organizers of attacks on U.S. forces. “It confirmed that there were a couple of key individuals involved who did in fact have contact with him periodically, perhaps got some general guidance from him or at least encouragement,” said Petraeus, whose forces are deployed in northern and northwestern Iraq. Full Story

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