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Iraq: U.S. Troops Raid Homes Of Alleged Rebel Financiers

Tikrit, Iraq, 25 September 2003 (RFE/RL) -- U.S. troops carried out a series of pre-dawn raids in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. U.S. military officials says two suspects, described as "mid-level financiers or money men," were detained. They said two other suspects had been absent from their homes when troops, backed by armored cars and helicopters overhead, raided the four locations in Tikrit.

The U.S. military said the four are suspected of links to the Fedayeen, militia loyal to Hussein who have been blamed for attacks on U.S. troops. The U.S. military said it had arrested another financier yesterday.

Also yesterday, the U.S. military announced its troops killed nine Iraqi rebels in a string of clashes around Tikrit.