updated 7/31/2008 10:47:14 AM ET 2008-07-31T14:47:14

Dozens of former intelligence and security officers have been quietly reinstated into their jobs since a law in February paved the way for thousands of Saddam Hussein-era officials to return to government jobs.

A senior Iraqi official has shown The Associated Press a copy of the Iraqi government report, which indicates that among the 123-strong group are 71 former members of the military intelligence service and 23 from Saddam's Fedayeen, a paramilitary force personally loyal to the late president.

The report, obtained Thursday, was prepared for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The United States view the de-Baathification law as central to mending deep fissures between minority Sunni Arabs and Kurds and the majority Shiites who now wield power here.

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