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Ex-General Dies During Interrogation

November 28, 2003|From Associated Press

BAGHDAD — A former Iraqi general died while under American interrogation, the U.S. military said Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush, an air defense general captured Oct. 5 in a raid near the Syrian border, was being questioned Wednesday while in custody in Qaim near the border when he lost consciousness after complaining he didn't feel well, the military said in a statement.

He was pronounced dead by a military physician. The cause of death and the interrogation techniques are under investigation, but Mowhoush's head was not hooded during questioning, the Army's 82nd Airborne Division said. The statement did not give his age.

Mowhoush, a major general in the Republican Guard, was captured in a raid in Qaim. A U.S. military spokeswoman said at the time that Mowhoush was believed to have been financing attacks on U.S. forces.

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