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Hussein-linked 'terrorist' caught

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  • Iraqi forces detain the suspected leader of a terrorist cell network
  • Cell is believed to be funded by Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter, Raghad
  • Raghad, wanted in Iraq on terrorism charges, currently living in Jordan
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi forces detained the suspected leader of a terrorist cell network believed to be funded by Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter, who is wanted by Iraqi authorities on terrorism charges, the U.S. military announced Monday.

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Raghad Hussein is currently living in Jordan under the protection of the royal family.

The raid happened Sunday in Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. It was carried out by Iraqi forces, advised by U.S. Special Forces, the military said.

The network, believed to be funded by Raghad Hussein, has been "linked to a series of attacks on coalition forces" using rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs, the military said.

"These attacks have claimed the lives of numerous Soldiers and Airmen," a military statement said.

Other leaders of the network have been detained in previous raids, the military said.

The international police organization Interpol last year issued an alert to authorities across the world that Raghad Hussein is wanted by Iraqi authorities.

The Iraqi government has issued an arrest warrant for the 38-year-old daughter of the late Iraqi leader on charges of inciting terrorism and crimes against life and health.

Interpol -- based in Lyon, France -- issued a Red Notice in the case. That is a request to police anywhere to help track her down and extradite her to Iraq.

She has been living in Jordan under the protection of the royal family. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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