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Iraq: U.S. Troops Pursue Hussein Loyalists In Raids Near Tikrit

Tikrit, Iraq, 12 August 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military in Iraq says U.S. troops detained several people in overnight raids near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. Military officers said the raids targeted alleged Hussein loyalists suspected of organizing and financing attacks against U.S.-led coalition troops. Lieutenant Colonel Bill MacDonald said U.S. troops detained two people but did not find the main suspects they were seeking.

The military said U.S. troops came under fire while patrolling Tikrit, but no casualties were reported.

At the United Nations, the United States has been campaigning to win international support for the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council. UN diplomats told RFE/RL that the U.S. is seeking a Security Council vote to endorse the Governing Council as early as this week.

Egypt has reiterated that Arab countries will not recognize the U.S.-appointed Governing Council.