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Violence Continues In Iraq

Baghdad, 16 December 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military says its troops last night killed 11 Iraqi guerrillas who tried to ambush their forces in a town north of the capital Baghdad. U.S. forces suffered no casualties in the incident in the town of Samarra, 100 kilometers north of Baghdad.

Also last night, at least four Iraqis were shot dead by U.S. soldiers in the western towns of Al-Ramadi and Al-Fallujah while one U.S. soldier was wounded.

Two more U.S. soldiers were wounded in an attack in the city of Tikrit.

Yesterday, U.S. President George W. Bush said the United States and Iraqis will organize a fair and public trial for deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Hussein is still being interrogated by U.S. authorities at an undisclosed location about his links to anti-U.S. insurgents, terrorists, and Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction.

Meanwhile, former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker today arrived in Paris at the start of a European tour aimed at persuading Iraq's creditor states to reduce Baghdad's foreign debt. After France, Baker is to travel on to Germany, Italy, Russia, and Britain.