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Friday, November 10, 2006

Thoughts: Iraqi forces arrest Al Qaeda leader

Al Qaeda may have won Tuesday with the Democrats taking over the House and Senate but they lost their leader last night.

Iraqi security forces said they arrested the head of an Al Qaeda cell in a western Iraqi city on Friday, as the U.S. military announced the deaths of two soldiers and a Marine.

State television, meanwhile, said the speaker of Iraq's parliament, Mahmoud al-Mash'hadani, was to travel to neighboring Iran on Friday to attend a conference of Asian parliamentarians.

Iraqiya TV didn't say when al-Mash'hadani was due to arrive in the Iranian capital, Tehran, and calls to his office and the parliamentary spokesman rang unanswered on Friday, a public holiday in Iraq.

cting on a tip-off, soldiers descended on a building in the city of Rawah, 275 kilometers (175 miles) northwest of Baghdad, where they arrested local Al Qaeda commander Abu Muhayyam al-Masri, whose name is a pseudonym meaning, "the Egyptian," a Defense Ministry official said.

Aides Abu Issam al-Libi, or "the Libyan," and Abu Zaid al-Suri, "the Syrian," were also arrested among nine other members of the cell, said the official, who asked that his name not be used because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Capturing any Al Qaeda members is a big deal, but nabbing the leader should be a huge deal. But I'm sure the liberal media won't report this as widely as they should.

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