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U.S. strains to get useful intelligence

The ski-masked informant marched through rows of seated villagers, tapping “terrorists” on the head as he went–this one yes, this one no, this one yes. The fingered suspects, all military-age men rounded up by U.S. soldiers from a dusty village 20 minutes west of Tal Afar in northern Iraq, were photographed, blindfolded, tied up and driven to a nearby Army base for interrogation. “All this village is with resistance,” said the informant, a 35-year-old local law-enforcement agent whom soldiers call “the Source.” Asked how he knew, the man replied, “I came here with my source, and he pointed them out.” But the next day, all but four of the 49 villagers taken to the military base were released for having no usable information or any ties to the insurgency, according to interrogators. Most were refugees from recent clashes between rebels and coalition forces in nearby Tal Afar, they said. Full Story

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