US officials in Iraq announced on 17 November that they had detained 99 suspected insurgents across Iraq in 24 hours. US military spokesman Mark Kimmitt, said that the 99 ‘anti-coalition suspects’ had been arrested as part of continuing operations against insurgents, and that new evidence had come to light indicating that Saddam Hussein’s former deputy, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, had been organising and paying for attacks against coalition forces, which have killed 177 soldiers (MEED 16:11:03).