The middle-aged man, whose name was not given, was

handcuffed and blindfolded before being driven away from his

home by occupation forces.

   

"The individual that we were targeting tonight we believe is

involved in organising attacks on US forces, in moving arms

for those attacks and also providing security for members of the (Saddam) regime," Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Russell said.

   

No shots were fired and the man appeared to give no

resistance.

       

Senior US officers in Tikrit said two other Saddam loyalists were arrested during the day, the latest in a series

of captures that soldiers say may bring them closer to Saddam

himself.

 

Saddam tape

 

The news comes as a CIA analysis of a new audio tape broadcast on Friday found a "high likelihood" that it is Saddam Hussein's voice.

   

It was the second audio tape purportedly by Saddam broadcast this week.

 

The speaker on the latest audio tape, aired by Aljazeera television, forecast that US and British forces would soon be defeated by Iraqi resistance.

   

"Our belief is strong that God will grant us victory and we

are confident that the moment for the foreign army to collapse

is possible at any moment," the message said.

CIA: Saddam tape was probably
authentic 

 

Iraqi war crimes tribunal

 

Meanwhile, the United States said on Friday it wanted a special panel of Iraqi judges to try toppled dictator Saddam Hussein and his aides for crimes against humanity if they are captured alive.

  

"Those responsible for atrocities against the Iraqi people

should be brought before an Iraqi-led tribunal," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

 

"We think it's important that Iraqis assume ownership of this process."

  

Boucher added the United States reserved the right to

prosecute those responsible for attacks against US personnel in Iraq.

       

His comments came in response to questions about a report in the New York Times that said Washington was not looking to create a broad-based international tribunal or one led by the United Nations to try Saddam and his former associates.

     

Pneumonia outbreak

 

In another development, the US Army has dispatched a team of medical experts to Iraq to investigate a spate of serious pneumonia cases among US troops.

 

Two soldiers have died and more than 100 have fallen sick with pneumonia symptoms since March, officials said on Friday.

       

"It is pneumonia. The question is what is the cause," said Lyn Kukral, spokeswoman for the Army Medical Command.

 

"You've got a healthy population and a young population (US troops), and you have two soldiers who have died, and that's a concern." 

Pneumonia is a sometimes fatal infection or inflammation of the lungs