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Iraqi al-Qaeda commander 'seized'

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A senior al-Qaeda commander in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has been captured, Iraqi police say.

They say the man, Abdul Khaliq Sabawi, was seized in Salahuddin province, to the south of Mosul's Nineveh province.

In recent days, Iraqi troops have been carrying out major operations in Mosul - seen as the last urban stronghold of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq.

Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for some of the bloodiest insurgent attacks in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion.

Its militants are believed to have regrouped in Mosul since the beginning of the US military "surge" last year.

Earlier on Monday, officials said a senior police officer had been killed in a bomb blast at his office near the southern city of Nasiriya.

The attack happened in the town of Suq al-Shuyukh, the scene of heavy fighting last month between the security forces and Shia militiamen loyal to radical cleric Moqtada Sadr.


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