Iraqi Tribes Assist in Arresting Zarqawi's Foreign Fighters

ByTHE ABCNEWS INVESTIGATIVE UNIT

January 27, 2006 -- 270 Foreign Fighters Arrested With Help by Al Anbar Tribes

The campaign against Abu Musaab al Zarqawi's al Qaeda in Iraq and its supporters continues for the second day in al Anbar. According to the head of Al Karabla tribes in al Qa'em it resulted in the arrest of 270 Arab and foreign "infiltrators" were arrested along with Iraqis who have helped them. Sheikh Osama al Jad'an told al Hayat they were determined to free al Ramadi from the "terrorist elements." An army officer told the paper that most of those who were arrested were Jordanians, Saudis and Syrians and they were transferred to Baghdad for interrogations. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces supported by the tribes have continued their campaign against the same group in al Ramadi, arresting 200 so far. The tribal leaders in al Anbar are preparing for a dialogue with the government and the multi-coalition forces next week. (Al Hayat)

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