Iraq arrests 93 in anti Qaeda sweep

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.

Updated: Dec 23, 2010, 22:59 PM IST

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.

"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.

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

The aim of the operation is to "secure Baghdad and not
give any opportunity for al Qaeda to carry out terrorist
actions, by arresting its members," and to "achieve security
and stability in all Iraq," he said.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki named security as one of
his three top priorities after parliament on Tuesday approved
his nomination for a second term of office and gave its stamp
of approval to his national unity government.

PTI