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: U.S. forces capture Saddam loyalis.


U.S. forces have captured a Saddam loyalist suspected of carrying out attacks against coalition troops at a children's hospital near Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said Sunday.

Acting on a tip from a local source, a unit from the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, also known as "Warhorse Brigade," conducted a raid Saturday in Ba'qubah to capture the individual.

He is suspected of conducting a grenade attack at the Ba'qubah Children's Hospital in August that killed three soldiers, Central Command said in a written statement. (Interactive: Coalition casualties)

The soldiers detained 10 people and confiscated a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, hand grenades, blasting caps and a detonation cord used to make improvised explosive devices, the statement said.

The detainees were being held for questioning at the Warhorse holding facility in Ba'qubah.

In the Iraqi capital on Saturday, unidentified assailants fired at least one surface-to-air missile at a C-141 U.S. military cargo plane as it took off from Baghdad International Airport , but failed to hit it, coalition provisional authorities said.

Without offering any details, coalition military spokesman Col. George Kirvo said that such incidents have happened "many times" in the past, and that the cargo plane was "never in any danger."

The attempted strike occurred hours before U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld wrapped up his visit to Iraq , coalition officials said.

In an videotaped address broadcast on Iraqi television Saturday, Rumsfeld painted an optimistic picture for Iraqis, saying he has seen "truly extraordinary" political, economic, social changes in the country since his last visit four months ago.

Bush to speak

President Bush is scheduled to address the nation Sunday night to talk about the war on terrorism, with a primary focus on developments in Iraq , according to a senior administration official.

"We want to bring the country up to speed on where we are and where we are headed," the senior official said.

The speech is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. EDT, run about 15 minutes and be delivered from the White House residence.

The speech comes as the White House is promoting a draft U.N. Security Council resolution it said would broaden the multinational presence in Iraq and help restore Iraqi sovereignty.

Other developments

About 200 former workers at the old Republican Palace in Baghdad -- including engineers, gardeners and cleaners -- demonstrated Sunday outside the building complaining they have not been paid in six months. The workers showed their dissatisfaction by holding up pictures of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and chanting, "With our souls and blood we sacrifice ourselves for you, Saddam." This is what people used to chant during state-organized shows of support for Saddam's regime.

Central Command said Saturday that 101st Airborne Division soldiers uncovered a large cache near the northern Iraqi town of Bajar that included a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, four AK-47s, one 9 mm pistol, one assault rifle, 38 rocket-propelled grenade booster rockets, 500 rounds of machine-gun ammunition, 21 loaded AK-47 magazines, and 12 boxes of 12-gauge shotgun shells. Further south around Fallujah, Central Command said, 2nd Squadron (Sabre) 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment soldiers had targeted possible safe houses and dwellings of suspected Saddam loyalists in recent weeks.



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