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BAGHDAD – Iraqi police arrested 11 suspected members of the al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist group today during two joint security operations in northern Iraq.

Near As Sadiyah, northeast of Baghdad, Iraqi police and U.S. advisors searched several buildings for an alleged al-Qaida in Iraq member believed to have ties to senior leadership.

Based on preliminary questioning and evidence discovered on the premises, police identified and arrested the al-Qaida in Iraq member and six suspected criminal accomplices without incident.

During a separate security operation conducted near Ad Duluiyah, northwest of Baghdad, Iraqi police arrested a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member and three suspected criminal associates.

Iraqi police and U.S. advisors searched two buildings for the al-Qaida in Iraq member suspected of bring foreign fighters into Iraq.

Information and evidence gathered at the scene led police to arrest the al-Qaida in Iraq member and three suspected criminal accomplices without incident.

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