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Four senior al-Qaeda members arrested northeast of Baghdad

Arab World Materials 11 June 2010 17:26
Iraqi and US forces arrested on Friday four suspected senior members of al-Qaeda during an air attack in the north-east province of Diyala, according to a security source.
Four senior al-Qaeda members arrested northeast of Baghdad

Iraqi and US forces arrested on Friday four suspected senior members of al-Qaeda during an air attack in the north-east province of Diyala, according to a security source, DPA reported.

Two of the men were arrested when a force from the Quick Response Department in Diyala province waged a joint air attack with US troops, targeting an al-Qaeda stronghold in the Hamrien mountains in Khanaqin, Naif al-Tamimi, of the department, told the German Press Agency dpa.

"In another air attack operation, forces arrested two other leaders in al-Mafraq neighborhood in central Baaquba," he added.

Several of the group's senior leaders have been arrested or killed over the past few months, as Iraqi and US forces launched a major offensive against al-Qaeda suspects throughout the country.

Deadly attacks that left dozens of Iraqis killed in the past weeks have been described as acts of revenge by al-Qaeda.

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