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al-Qaida Figure Arrested in Ramadi

December 9, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ The American military Friday arrested a high-ranking member of al-Qaida in Iraq in the town of Ramadi, the U.S. Marines said.

Amir Khalaf Fanus, also known in the Ramadi area as ``the Butcher,″ was wanted for criminal activities including murder and kidnapping, Capt. Jeffrey S. Pool said in a statement from the town, located 70 miles west of Baghdad.

Fanus was No. 3 on a most-wanted list for Ramadi drawn up by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division.

``He is the highest ranking al-Qaida in Iraq member to be turned into Iraqi and U.S. officials by local citizens,″ Pool said. ``His capture is another indication that the local citizens tire of the insurgents’ presence within their community.″

According to Pool, Iraqi and U.S. Forces ``have witnessed increasing signs of citizens fighting the terrorists within Ramadi as the Dec. 15 National Elections draw nearer.″

He said that another 1,200 Iraqi Security Force soldiers were recently stationed in Ramadi, while 1,100 Iraqi special police commandos and a mechanized Iraqi army company had moved into the city.

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