Sunday, November 30, 2024
By Steven Taylor

Three al-Qaida Caught in Iraq, U.S. Says

American forces have captured three members of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network in northern Iraq, a U.S. military commander told The Associated Press on Sunday. If confirmed, it would be the first disclosed detention of al-Qaida militants in Iraq.

About 10 members of Ansar al-Islam an Islamic group U.S. officials believe has al-Qaida links in northern Iraq also have been arrested by U.S. troops in the past seven months, said Col. Joe Anderson, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division.

Of course, given this:

Asked if troops had captured members of al-Qaida, Anderson whose brigade controls Mosul replied: “Three, two weeks ago.”

Anderson said he believed the captured al-Qaida men were Iraqi nationals, who had been transferred to Baghdad for further interrogation.

One wonders precisely what their status is.

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