Zarqawi "Nabbed" in Iraq

Politics | January 4, 2005, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, declared "target number one in Iraq" by the US authorities, has been arrested in the city of Baakuba, the Emirate newspaper al-Bayane reported on Tuesday referring to Kurdish sources.

Al-Zarqawi, leader of the terrorist group Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad, was recently named leader of the Al-Qaeda organisation in Iraq.

The al-Bayane newspaper's correspondent in Baghdad pointed out that a report on the seizure of the terrorist, on whom the US put a bounty of USD 10 M, was also reported by Iraqi Kurdistan radio.There have been no official reports about the arrest of the terrorist.

Al-Zarqawi, 38, a Jordanian, whose real name is Ahmad al-Khalayleh, aims to turn Iraq into a "new Afghanistan". According to Arab press data, Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad group has divided Iraq into several emirates. The group's independent subdivisions at strength of 50 to 500 militants operate in the cities of Al-Falluja, Al-Qaim, Diala, and Samarra.
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