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80 Detained in Raid on Northern Iraqi Village

May 10, 2003|From Associated Press

TIKRIT, Iraq — Eighty people were rounded up Friday in a northern Iraqi village after U.S. forces were told they might find four local leaders of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party there, the Army said.

Col. Don Campbell, commander of the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade, which is responsible for the area in northern Iraq, said many of the prisoners from Siwash probably would be released. But he said that at least one man apprehended had been sought by U.S. forces, although he was not on the most-wanted list.

"They were looking for prominent Baath Party guys from that area who were causing trouble," Campbell said. "We'll vet them and see what we get."

Soldiers came under fire after they surrounded part of the village but no one was injured.

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