Baghdad: Iraqi security forces on Monday
announced the arrest of al Qaeda`s Baghdad military chief, who
stands accused of planning attacks against the capital`s
hotels and embassies that have killed dozens.
Abbas Najem Abdullah al-Jawari, who went by the alias
Abu Abdullah, was arrested on April 16, Baghdad security
spokesman Major General Qassim Atta told reporters at a news
Atta added that Mohammed Nuri Matar Yassin al-Abadi,
who was in charge of al Qaeda`s assassination units in the
capital, had also been captured.
"Iraqi security forces and intelligence cells
tracking the al Qaeda leadership arrested two leaders of the
Islamic State of Iraq," Atta told reporters at a news
conference, referring to the name for al Qaeda`s front
group in Iraq.
Jawari, 26, was arrested on April 16 and Abadi,
whose nom de guerre was Abu Assad, was captured on May 1.
Atta said that Jawari, had been "involved in
hundreds of terrorist crimes against civilians," and planned
co-ordinated suicide car bomb attacks against Baghdad hotels
in January and foreign embassies in April which killed 66
people in total.
Abadi, 32, headed al Qaeda`s assassinations unit,
Atta said, and had been involved in a variety of attacks,
including the planned murder of an imam at a mosque in the
predominantly Sunni Baghdad neighbourhood of Adhamiyah.
Last month, al Qaeda`s political leader in Iraq Abu
Omar al-Baghdadi and its self-styled "minister of war" Abu
Ayub al-Masri were killed in a joint US-Iraqi operation.