Six Suspected Americans Held by U.S. Forces in Iraq

Les Schaffer schaffer at
Tue Sep 16 12:23:42 MDT 2003

Six Suspected Americans Held by U.S. Forces in Iraq

Filed at 1:18 p.m. ET

ABU GHRAIB, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. forces are holding six people who claim
to be Americans and two who say they are British for alleged attacks
against coalition troops in Iraq, an American general said Tuesday. It
was the first time the military reported holding Westerners in the

The disclosure came a day after troops from the 4th Infantry Division
killed two Iraqis and wounded two others in a battle outside an
ammunition dump in Tikrit. One man was captured and two others fled in
the apparent attempt to loot the depot, spokeswoman Maj. Josslyn
Aberle said.

Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who is in charge of coalition detention
centers in Iraq, said the men claiming to be Americans and British are
suspected of involvement in guerrilla attacks. They were not

The eight alleged Westerners are being held 12 miles west of Baghdad
at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, where Saddam Hussein imprisoned
many political opponents.

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