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U.S. Captures 6 'Closely Tied' to Saddam

U.S. forces on Friday captured six people “closely tied” to Saddam Hussein and his regime for suspected anti-coalition activities including attacks on helicopters, a U.S. commander said. In Fallujah, meanwhile, residents said Friday that two men suspected of having been informants for the Americans were slain by insurgents. The killings, which occurred late Thursday and early Friday, followed warnings in pamphlets circulated in the area west of Baghdad warning Iraqis against cooperating with the occupation force. Separately, scores of well-wishers gathered Friday near the house of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, in the holy city of Najaf to check reports of an attempt on his life. They were assured that their spiritual leader is safe and accounts of a failed assassination were a lie. Full Story

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