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Iraq: U.S. Detains 24 Hussein Loyalists, Including 'Targetted Leader'

Baghdad, 3 August 2003 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. troops in Iraq today detained 24 people accused of participating in violent resistance to the U.S.-led occupation -- including one man described as a "targeted leader." A statement from U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, says the raids by the 3rd Armored Cavalry took place in the "Sunni Triangle" to the west and north of Baghdad. The statement did not provide details about the identities of the captives other than to say they were Saddam Hussein loyalists.

Meanwhile, an Iraqi contract worker for the UN Development Program suffered injuries when an explosive device was detonated today on a road near Baghdad International Airport. An unconfirmed report by the German dpa news agency says the driver of the car was killed.

Sergeant Brent Williams of the U.S. 1st Armored Division said the blast was likely intended for U.S. convoys that use the road regularly.