Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq arrested

Iraq and US operation says it captures Abu Hamza al-Muhajir in northern city.

    A joint Iraqi-US operation undertook the operation [FIle: AFP]

    He is the successor to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian who was killed by a US air attack in 2006.
     
    The pair were close associates and al-Muhajir had a US bounty of $5m on his head.
     
    Al-Masri joined an extremist group led by al-Zarqawi in 1982 according to US officials.
     
    He then graduated to al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan in 1999 before travelling to Iraq after the US-led invasion in 2003.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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