Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sunday Sign of Hope 9/24/06

Leader of Terror Group Arrested in Iraq

from Forbes:

U.S. and Iraqi forces have captured a leader of Ansar al-Sunnah, the group behind the 2004 attack on a U.S. military mess hall that killed 22 people, the prime minister's office said Saturday.

Muntasir Hamoud Ileiwi al-Jubouri and two of his aides were arrested in Al-Taeyh, about 50 miles northeast of Baghdad, said Brig. Qassim al-Mussawi, spokesman for the General Command of the Armed Forces - the prime minister's military office. He did not say when the arrest was made.

The Sunni militant group has claimed responsibility for numerous suicide attacks, the August 2004 execution of 12 Nepalese hostages and a December 2004 explosion at a U.S. military mess hall in Mosul that killed 22 people. It is believed to be an offshoot of another group, Ansar Al-Islam.

That group is made up mostly of Kurds with close links to al-Qaida in Iraq. It has been blamed for a number of attacks, including assassination attempts against Kurdish officials.

Ansar al-Sunna is part of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of insurgent groups - including al-Qaida in Iraq - that was co-founded by the late Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.


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