BAGHDAD ø The United States has captured a leading aide of Abu
Mussib Al Zarqawi in Iraq.
Iraqi and U.S. officials said coalition forces captured a commander
linked to Al Zarqawi. The commander was identified as a 33-year-old Iraqi
The Iraqi government has said Abu Marwan has been commander of a group
termed Abu Talha. A government statement said Abu Marwan was affiliated to
Al Zarqawi's Al Qaida Organization in Iraq.
Officials did not rule out that Abu Talha was also affiliated to Ansar
Al Sunna. Ansar claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing last week of
a U.S. military base in Mosul in which at least 14 U.S. soldiers were
"Abu Marwan was responsible for conducting and commanding terrorist
operations in Mosul, purchasing weapons for Talha's terrorist group, and
coordinating the training of terrorist cells within the Abu Talha terrorist
group," the statement said.
The statement said Abu Marwan was arrested on Dec. 23 after authorities
a tip from local residents.