Iraqi security forces arrested 12 suspected al-Qaeda members in Ninawa and Baghdad provinces on Tuesday (January 3rd).
Police arrested a suspected al-Qaeda leader and three of his aides in a security operation in the Badush district, west of Mosul, according to deputy Mosul police chief Brig. Gen. Khalid Abdul Sattar.
Abdul Sattar told Al-Shorfa that the suspects were "wanted in connection with major terrorism-related charges that claimed the lives of scores of innocent people".
Meanwhile, Iraqi army and Ministry of Interior special forces arrested eight suspected al-Qaeda members in areas south of Baghdad during a raid Tuesday morning, Ministry of Defence spokesman Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari told Al-Shorfa.