Another Hussein official captured

No. 18 on U.S. Central Command’s list of the most-wanted members of Saddam Hussein’s regime has been captured. Hazmaq al-Zubaydi is Iraq’s former prime minister.

Coalition troops have secured the eastern section of Baghdad, said Maj. Gen. Buford Blount, the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division commander. He also said troops are providing security at 110 locations in the capital city, including banks and museums.

Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks said coalition forces are under a ceasefire with a group of pro-Saddam Iranian dissidents known as the People’s Mujahedeen. The group is labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said one Marine was wounded in an attack Monday at an airfield in northern Iraq. He also said U.S. special forces discovered a large weapons cache south of Kirkuk.

The Bush administration wants the United States to have ongoing access to military bases in Iraq, said a senior military official.

Thus far, 159 coalition forces have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom, at least 495 U.S. soldiers and Marines have been wounded. Two U.S. soldiers remain missing in action.

– Compiled by Sarah Kite

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