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US names captured Iraqi
US forces guard those detained near Tikrit
US forces encountered no resistance

The US military has given further details of a man on their "most wanted" list of former Iraqi officials who was captured on Thursday.

He has been identified as Adil Abdullah Mahdi al-Duri al-Tikriti, regional Baath Party chairman for the Dhi Qar governorate.

He was picked up - along with dozens of other suspected supporters of Saddam Hussein - during a raid in a village near the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, the US army said.

His arrest brings to 22 the number of wanted fugitives now in US custody.

He had been wrongly identified by local residents as Abd al-Baqi abd Karim al-Sadun, a Baath Party official who is also on the wanted list.

The US army says it encountered no resistance during the five-hour sweep near Tikrit - the birthplace and stronghold of Saddam Hussein.

"The raid resulted in the capture of 262 Iraqis," a statement from US Central Command said on Friday.

We're going to continue to hunt them until they get so tired of running that they give themselves up or we catch them
US Army Major Michael Silverman

Among those arrested were two Iraqi army generals and a general from Saddam's security forces who had disguised himself as a shepherd.

"We're going to continue to hunt them until they get so tired of running that they give themselves up or we catch them," US Army Major Michael Silverman said.

All but about 30 were released after several hours, the Associated Press reported.

Two other Iraqis on the US list of 55 "most wanted" officials have been arrested this week.

They are Ibrahim Ahmad abd al-Sattar Muhammad al-Tikriti, the formed chief of staff of the armed forces and Fadil Mahmud Gharib, former Baath Party chairman of the Babil district.

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