- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 9, 2006

The reputed fourth-in-command of al Qaeda in Iraq was detained this week in Baghdad. “Mohammed Rabih Abu Zar, number four in al Qaeda in Iraq, was arrested a few days ago in Baghdad,” Gen. Hussein Kamal, intelligence chief for the Interior Ministry, told Agence France Press. Few additional details were immediately available. “He’s Iraqi, that’s all I can tell you for the moment,” Mr. Kamal said.

Abu Zar was identified among 65 high-value targets in March 2004. He is the 39th capture on that list and the first among them to be apprehended since a nephew of Saddam Hussein was detained in August.

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