Militants with links to Al-Douri detained

23 December 2003
US soldiers have arrested three militants belonging to an Islamist organisation who have links to Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri - former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's deputy, announced US military spokesman William Adamson on 23 December. Adamson said the arrested men had links to insurgents operating in the 'Sunni Triangle' - mainly in Baquba, Falluja and Ramadi - where resistance has remained strong. US military officials believe that Al-Douri is organising and funding attacks against coalition forces in Iraq. US soldiers detained Al-Douri's wife and daughter on 25 November in the town of Samarra, north of Baghdad, and on 19 November US authorities offered a reward of $10 million for information leading to his arrest.

The militants' arrests came hours after a US soldier was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the northern city of Mosul. The soldier was taking part in a foot patrol in central Mosul when the attack took place. US forces have yet to arrest anybody for the attack (MEED 2:12:03).

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