i'll be damned...just in the nik of time for elections.......
Sept. 6, 2006, 8:40AM
Al-Qaida's No. 2 in Iraq arrested in June, not a few days ago
By QAIS AL-BASHIR
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S. military said today the arrest of al-Qaida in Iraq's second in command took place in June and was the most significant blow to the terror network since the death of al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell said the arrest of Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, also known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, was captured on June 19 - not a few days ago as the Iraqi government had initially announced.
Iraq's national security adviser, Mouwafak al-Rubaie, announced al-Saeedi's arrest on Sunday, saying it had occurred a few days earlier. But Caldwell said that it was only the permission to announce the arrest that had been given a few days earlier.
Caldwell called the arrest the most significant since al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike on June 7.
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