Here’s some more good news out of Iraq.
U.S. Captures Al Qaeda, Shiite Militia Leader in Iraqi Raids
BAGHDAD — The U.S. military captured two Al Qaeda in Iraq bombing suspects and a Shiite militia leader in separate raids Tuesday north and south of Baghdad, the military said.
One of the men, arrested along with four aides, is believed to oversee security for Al Qaeda’s Iraq branch in Mosul — one of the terror network’s last urban strongholds where U.S. and Iraqi forces have waged fierce battles against militants in recent months.
The man is also suspected of masterminding bombings targeting Iraqi police in the area, according to a U.S. military statement.
The other Al Qaeda in Iraq suspect was captured along with an assistant in Tikrit, a Sunni Muslim city north of the capital. He allegedly facilitated suicide bombings and “foreign terrorist movement” for Al Qaeda, the statement said.
The military said it also captured a suspected Shiite militia leader Tuesday south of Baghdad.
The U.S. refers to such fighters as members of Iranian-backed “special groups” who are defying a cease-fire order by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Many of them are believed to have fled recent fighting in Baghdad’s Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City.