Two Iraqi generals detained

06 November 2003
Two former generals in Saddam Hussein's army were arrested on 6 November by coalition troops in the town of Fallujah. Military sources said that the two men might have been organising and financing anti-coalition activities in the 'Sunni triangle', northwest of the capital. US forces have been trying to counter the escalating insurgency in the predominantly Sunni area, and hope that the latest arrests will lead to new information on who is organising the attacks and the whereabouts of Saddam Hussein.

Prior to the generals' arrests, the head of the Iraqi Interim Governing Council (IGC), Jalal Talabani, on 5 November called for greater checks on border crossings with its neighbours. Talabani said that 'terrorists' had crossed into Iraq from Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia, and that both Iraq and its neighbours should do more to stop them. In an interview with Doha-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera, Talabani said that he was not accusing Iraq's neighbours of allowing militants to cross their borders, and hoped that relations would not suffer. He added that he hopes to travel to Iran and Turkey in November.

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