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In Ramadi, U.S. Seizes 17 Accused of Aiding Insurgency

Marines and Special Forces soldiers captured 17 men suspected of working with the Iraqi insurgency in a raid of nine Ramadi homes early Sunday, including a couple of midlevel leaders and a senior aide to a man believed to be organizing guerrillas in this city, American officers here said. The senior aide was described by the American officers as a lawyer for Muhammad Daham Abid, one of the most wanted men in Ramadi. The officers said Mr. Abid was an Iraqi who has organized insurgent cells and is in close contact with the mujahedeen in the rebel stronghold of Falluja, a city just 25 miles to the east. Mr. Abid had been detained once before by American troops but had been let go after he agreed to stop recruiting men to fight the occupiers, said Lt. John McKinley of the Second Battalion, Fifth Marines. Mr. Abid reneged on his promise, Lieutenant McKinley said, and “we’ve been after him for a long time.” Full Story

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