SHADOWY AL QAEDA ‘OIL MINISTER’ CAPTURED
Iraqi security forces said, on Saturday 02/28/2009, they have captured 11 members of the country’s Al Qaeda network, including the group’s self-styled “oil minister” Ali Mahmoud Mohammed.
Ali Mahmoud Mohammed and 10 other suspected insurgents were detained on Saturday in a village in Iraq’s volatile Diyala province, reports say. They were suspected of planning attacks on oil tanker trucks. The latest raids come just a week after Al Qaeda in Iraq’s self-styled “irrigation minister” and “finance minister” were arrested in another operation, on Saturday 02/21/2009. The head of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, is said to be known as the group’s “war minister” is still at large.
Al Qaeda in Iraq used the self-proclaimed ministerial titles to refer to key members of their organization. Although its capacity for staging attacks has been reduced, it is still viewed as a major threat in Diyala and around the northern city of Mosul.
The US says Al Qaeda has been pushed out of much of Iraq, but is still capable of large-scale attacks.
* The “finance minister” was among 4 Al Qaeda operatives who managed to escape Camp cropper, on Saturday 07/24/2010, a week after the compound was handed over from the USA army to the Iraqi government (see – Cropper Escape ).
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