Iraqi Army Nabs Key Militant Leader

Soldiers in Mosul arrest chief of Al-Qaeda in Iraq
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 4:55 PM CDT
Iraqi Army Nabs Key Militant Leader
In this June 15 2006 file photo, a U.S. soldier at a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq stands by a photograph of Aub Ayyub al-Masri.   (AP Photo/Karim Kadim, File)

The Iraqi army has arrested the leader of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the AP reports today. Defense officials said they took Abu Ayyub al-Masri into custody in Mosul. He has led the group—which last month called for stepped-up attacks against US forces—since 2006. Masri helped set up the first al-Qaeda cell in Baghdad after the US invasion in 2003. (More al-Qaeda in Iraq stories.)

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