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US Denies Saddam on Hunger Strike


The U.S. military is denying a report that Saddam Hussein has begun a jailhouse hunger strike, and says the ousted Iraqi leader had eaten on Sunday.

A lawyer for Iraq's former deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz said earlier that Saddam Hussein and other detainees had stopped eating. Monday is the first anniversary of Saddam's capture by U.S. forces.

A U.S. spokesman said authorities are checking reports that others in a group of 11 high-profile detainees in U.S. custody may be rejecting some meals.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military says a U.S. Marine was killed in action west of Baghdad Sunday in Anbar province. Separately, a U.S. soldier wounded by a roadside bomb Saturday in Baghdad has died.

Military officials also say U.S. forces and Iraqi police detained more than 50 people during weekend raids targeting insurgents around Baquba, north of Baghdad.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and Reuters.

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