US troops and Iraqi security forces have detained 49 suspected insurgents north of Baghdad, as operations continue to secure the country ahead of elections set for January 30th. The US military says Friday's pre-dawn raid was in the town of Duluiyah, in the violence-plagued Sunni Triangle.
Meanwhile, the body of an Iraqi National Guardsman was found near Fallujah with a note warning others against working with U.S.-led forces. Iraq's security forces have been the main target of insurgent violence. Also Friday, a lawyer representing former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz said detained Iraqi scientist Huda Ammash is dying of cancer and should be freed immediately. Ms. Ammash, known as Mrs. Anthrax, has been in U.S. custody since May 2003. Officials hope she may provide information about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction.