U.S. forces capture two al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders
The U.S. military said it captured two alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders and three other men in Baghdad. A statement from the military said Tuesday the men belong to an al-Qaeda-linked group with roots in Iraq's western Anbar province, but which currently operates in the northern belts around Baghdad.
According to the AP, it said that during the arrests Monday, American soldiers fatally shot another man who approached a security perimeter and ignored warning shots.
Meanwhile, five people were killed in violence in Iraq on Monday, two of them tribal chiefs allied with the US military in the fight against Al-Qaeda, security sources said. The two Sunni Arab tribal leaders died in the main northern city of Mosul when gunmen burst into the building which they were visiting.
The pair were both members of an anti-Qaeda grouping in the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, and had "worked to bring peace to Iraq," the town's mayor Najem Abdullah said, according to AFP.
In Baghdad, three people died and 12 were wounded when a roadside bomb detonated in the central Karrada district as an Iraqi army patrol passed.