"Trusted Lieutenant" Watch
U.S. forces in Iraq have detained more than 70 suspected terrorists, including a key associate of the head of al Qaeda in Iraq, a military spokesman said Thursday.The tragi-farce continues....
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell did not identify the associate of militant leader Abu Ayyoub al-Masri but said he is "known to have directly participated in terrorist acts, including kidnappings and executions."
The suspect also played a "key operational role" in terrorist activities before and during the U.S. military siege of the central Iraqi city of Falluja in November 2004, Caldwell said.
Al-Masri, an explosives expert, became head of al Qaeda in Iraq after U.S. forces killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in June.
The Iraqi capital saw no letup in violence Thursday as nine people were killed and 26 others wounded in two explosions in central Baghdad, police said.