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Government says al-Qaeda in Iraq official captured
30/01/2007
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq security forces have captured a provincial leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq group in an operation north of Baghdad Tuesday that also left two of his followers dead, the government spokesman said. Dozens were captured in the operation, he said.

Ali al-Dabbagh told state-run Iraqiya television the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq in the province of Salahuddin was captured with his deputy in an operation in the town of Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad. Al-Dabbagh refused to give the name of the man adding that 59 others, including a Libyan citizen, were captured in the operation.

In June, al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike on his hideout in the eastern Diyala province.

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Posted 1/30/2007 12:55 PM ET
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