Saturday, June 28, 2003
BAGHDAD (AFP) - The US army has detained more than 900 former loyalists of the Saddam Hussein regime who have been "subverting" US efforts to rebuild Iraq, a senior US military official said Saturday.
"In the last week, we have detained more than 900 former regime loyalists, former Fedayeen and other criminals that are out there subverting our efforts," said the official who did not wish to be named.
The official, however, said "not all the 900 are still being held". He did not specify how many of them were still being detained.
On June 17, the US military had announced that 371 people in the Baghdad area and northern Iraq were detained as part of Operation Desert Scorpion aimed at rooting out armed resistance.