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Iraq Announces Capture Of Former Saddam Regime Member

Prague, 12 April 2005 (RFE/RL) - Iraq's government says it captured a former high-ranking member of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party today.

The government statement says security forces apprehended Fadhil Ibrahim Mahmud Al-Mashadani, the former leader of the Military Bureau in Baghdad, at a farm northeast of the capital.

The government said he is suspected of coordinating and funding attacks carried out as part of Iraq's insurgency.

The statement said he is also suspected of being a link between former senior Baath party leaders hiding in Syria and guerrillas in Iraq. (AFP/RTR)