The Iraqi security forces arrested a number of suspects in the provinces of Baghdad, Salah ad-Din and Basra on Saturday (November 26th).
In Baghdad, Iraqi police said four suspected members of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq terrorist group were arrested in a security operation launched by police forces Saturday morning in Shuala, northwest of Baghdad.
Lt. Col. Nasif Radhi al-Kanani, director of north Baghdad police operations, told Al-Shorfa that the detainees "have been involved in shelling Baghdad airport and launching sectarian operations. They have been convicted more than once".
Al-Kanani said the police found a number of weapons and amounts of money in local and foreign currencies believed to be used in funding terrorist operations.
Salah al-Din Operations Command said Saturday that police arrested Abu Nagham al-Hayyani, the so-called "wali of al-Qaeda" in the areas of Balad, Dhuluiya, and Dujail southeast of Tikrit.
"Al-Hayyani previously led an armed group and attacked an army convoy, killing 21 Iraqi soldiers in 2007. After that, he became a leader and assumed the post of al-Qaeda's wali of the eastern area of Salah al-Din province," said Col. Majid al-Haryan, spokesperson for Salah al-Din operations command.
In Basra, Iraqi police announced the arrest of 12 people suspected of involvement in an attack Thursday in Khamsa Meel, north of Basra, in which about 84 were killed and wounded.
Col. Hussain al-Fatlawi of Basra police told Al-Shorfa that the arrests came after a joint army-police security operation, adding that the arrests were based on previously-obtained intelligence.