US Army: Suspect in Sunni sheik assassination arrested near Baghdad

September 17, 2007 00:03


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The American military on Sunday announced the arrest near Baghdad of a suspect in the assassination of Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, a sheik who spearheaded the US-backed Sunni revolt against al-Qaida in Iraq even as the terror network launched a campaign of violence during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Dozens of suspected Sunni insurgents raided Shi'ite villages north of Baghdad, killing at least 15 people and setting homes ablaze on Sunday, police said. A bicycle bomb struck a cafe serving tea and food during the Ramadan fast in northern Iraq. The surge of bloodshed - with a total of 54 people killed or found dead nationwide - occurred a day after al-Qaida announced a new campaign aimed at countering US and Iraqi claims that the terror movement is reeling after the US-led offensives around the Iraqi capital.

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