Iraqi police arrests 8 al-Qaeda gunmen near Iraqi-Syrian border

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Iraqi police in Anbar province on Friday (January 4th) arrested eight suspected al-Qaeda members during a raid in al-Qaim near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

"Intelligence led the police to raid a residential building believed to be hosting a meeting of eight individuals, including a Syrian national," Anbar police chief Maj. Gen. Hadi Erzaij told Al-Shorfa.

"The police found weapons, one explosives vest, three improvised explosive devices (IEDs), extremist religious books and different maps showing specific areas in Anbar valley that link to the Syrian territory in their possession," he said.

Police transferred the detainees to a security detention facility for investigation, he said.

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