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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hussein Supporters Riot Across Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An outburst of violence on Tuesday showed Saddam Hussein's capture offered no quick fix to Iraq's woes, but U.S. leaders hoped his arrest would help win global allies for their plan to speed up Iraqi self-government.

U.S. forces kept the ousted 66-year-old dictator at a secret location for interrogation ahead of a trial which a key Iraqi judge said would not start for months. He could face death.

U.S. and Iraqi envoys took to the road to win UN backing for plans to form an Iraqi government by June and to persuade Europeans to write off the oil-rich country's debts.

France, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, said it and the United States agreed they must work together to rebuild Iraq.

In Fallujah, a town with strong Hussein support, U.S. troops in tanks killed one Iraqi on Tuesday, who they said had fired a grenade at them after they broke up a second day of protests.

Rioters protesting Hussein's humiliating capture in a dirt hole on Saturday had swarmed towards the U.S.-appointed mayor's office, forcing local police to retreat before troops moved in.

U.S. troops killed five Iraqis in Fallujah and nearby Ramadi overnight after coming under fire in a spate of attacks amid rioting. They also said they killed 11 "Saddam loyalists" who tried to ambush them in Samarra on Monday.

In Tikrit, Hussein's hometown near which he was caught on a tip-off, a roadside bomb wounded three U.S. soldiers on Tuesday.

All the attacks came in the heartland of Hussein support north and west of Baghdad, home to the Sunni minority that has long dominated Iraq. Most Iraqis, however, celebrated the demise of the man who ruled them with an iron fist for three decades.

In Baghdad, the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers said during a previously unannounced visit that the capture would hurt the anti-U.S. insurgency.

But President George W. Bush, whose poll ratings leapt after the arrest in a boost to his 2004 re-election bid, said on Monday "terrorists in Iraq remain dangerous." He told his arch foe: "Good riddance. The world is a better place without you."

Bush said the United States and Iraq would organize a fair and public trial for Hussein, but Iraqis would decide if he faces possible execution for alleged genocide and war crimes.

The Iraqi Governing Council wants to try Hussein, held as a U.S. prisoner of war, in a special tribunal set up last week.

Dara Nooraldin, a judge who helped draft the court's charter, said it would not be ready to try Hussein for months and could let judges from other countries take part in the trial.

"The transitional government may have been formed by then, and the question will be left to that government to decide whether the death penalty is to be abolished," he said.

Hussein's daughter Raghad said she and her sisters did not believe he could get a fair trial in an Iraq led by his foes.

"He should not be tried by the Governing Council which was put in place by occupiers," she said in Jordan, where she lives. "We want an international, fair and legal trial."

She said his family would appoint a defense lawyer.