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.
|Posted 1/30/2007 12:55 PM ET
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