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Bit of good news concerning Al Qaida
I'm sure we all want good news from Iraq and about Al Qaida to be mentioned, don't we?
Senior al-Qaida Leader Nabbed in Iraq
Dec 20, 7:59 AM (ET)
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S.-led forces captured a senior al-Qaida leader who was responsible for hundreds of civilian deaths and housed foreign fighters who carried out suicide bombings, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the U.S.-led coalition handed over security responsibilities in Iraq's Najaf province to Iraqi forces on Wednesday, a key step in troubled efforts to get the fragile government to stand on its own.
The leader, who was not identified, was arrested in a raid in Mosul on Dec. 14, the military said in a statement.
"The terrorist leader was attempting to flee from the location when Coalition Forces chased him across a street and detained him," the statement said.
It said the suspect served as al-Qaida's military chief in Mosul in 2005, and then took up the same job in western Baghdad.
"During that time, he coordinated car vehicle-borne improvised explosives device attacks and kidnap for ransom operations in Baghdad," the military said. It cited reports that said he organized an attempt to shoot down a U.S. military helicopter in May this year.
"After a few months he fled Baghdad due to Coalition Forces closing in on him," the statement said.
The military said the capture would lead them closer to Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, who took over as leader of al-Qaida in Iraq after his predecessor, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in June.
Mouwafak al-Rubaie, the Iraqi government's national security adviser, said this month that 60 percent of al-Qaida in Iraq's leadership has now been captured or killed.