Iraq: US arrests Iranian-trained bomb expert south of Baghdad

The US military said Wednesday that it had captured an Iranian-trained bomb expert southeast of Baghdad. A military statement said that the man is believed to have traveled to Iran several times for explosives training, and has numerous Iranian contacts who help him smuggle weapons and bomb-making materials into Iraq. It states that US troops, acting on intelligence from other criminals already in custody, raided the man's house Wednesday and subdued him without firing any shots. The military said that the suspect is a member of a "special group" - language the US uses to describe Shi'ite militiamen defying a cease-fire order by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.