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18 terror groups dismantled in August: Iraq

Iraq’s anti-terrorist squad broke up 18 insurgent networks and made 66 arrests last month, including members of Al-Qaida, a high-ranking official told reporters in Baghdad on Sunday.

world Updated: Sep 06, 2009 18:59 IST

Iraq’s anti-terrorist squad broke up 18 insurgent networks and made 66 arrests last month, including members of Al-Qaida, a high-ranking official told reporters in Baghdad on Sunday.

“The anti-terrorist force dismantled 18 networks across Iraq,” said the official, who refused to reveal his identity for security reasons.

“We have also arrested 66 terrorists, Arabs of different nationalities, in Baghdad” and in “Mosul and Diyala,” he said of two restive areas in northern Iraq.

Those arrested reportedly included members of the Islamic State of Iraq, an alliance of several groups headed by Al-Qaida.

Followers of the outlawed Baath party, whose members remain loyal to ousted dictator Saddam Hussein, were also detained, along with members of the Naqshbandiya, an insurgent group located in northern Iraq.