Iraqi, U.S. Forces Capture Al Qaeda Leaders
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jul. 14, 2005 Multinational forces in Iraq have captured two high-ranking al Qaeda operatives with ties to wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, military officials announced today.
Abdulla Ibrahim Muhammed Hassan al Shadad, or Abu Abdul Aziz, captured July 10 by coalition and Iraqi security forces, served as both a terrorist cell leader in Baghdad and as an operations officer for al Qaeda in Iraq.
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The two men, Abdulla Ibrahim Muhammed Hassan al Shadad, or Abu Abdul Aziz, and Khamis Farhan Khalaf Abd al Fahdawi, or Abu Seba, were among more than 30 suspected terrorists captured during raids throughout the country.
Aziz served as both a terrorist cell leader in Baghdad and as an operations officer for al Qaeda in Iraq. He was captured July 10.
According to authorities, Aziz is cooperating with coalition forces.
Abu Seba was captured July 9 in Ramadi after intelligence provided information on his whereabouts, the military said.
Seba served as an al Qaeda senior lieutenant in Iraq and is suspected in attacks against diplomats from Bahrain and Pakistan and the recent murder of Egyptian envoy, Ihab Salah al Din Ahmad al Sharif.
The military said in capturing the two leaders it also found vital information, evidence and equipment implicating both Aziz and Seba as members of Zarqawi's leadership cell.
Computer equipment, weapons, pornography, propaganda and documents were also seized during the raids.
(Based on a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)