Iraq arrests 93 in anti-Qaeda sweep


AFP
December 24, 2010

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces have arrested 93 suspects, including 60 wanted men, in a crackdown on Al-Qaeda in Anbar province, defence ministry spokesman Major General Mohammed al-Askari said on Thursday.

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“A large military operation targeting Al-Qaeda and their sleeper cells was launched overnight” Tuesday in Anbar, western Iraq, Askari said.

“Ninety-three suspects were arrested, including 60 wanted men,” he said, adding that ammunition had been discovered as well.

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The operation was jointly launched by the army, police, pro-government tribal forces and members of the Sahwa, or anti-Qaeda militia, Askari said.

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