BAGHDAD, (AFP) – Iraqi forces have arrested 93 suspects, including 60 wanted men, in a crackdown on Al-Qaeda in Anbar province, defence ministry spokesman Major General Mohammed al-Askari said on Thursday.
“A large military operation targeting Al-Qaeda and their sleeper cells was launched overnight” Tuesday in Anbar, western Iraq, Askari said.
“Ninety-three suspects were arrested, including 60 wanted men,” he said, adding that ammunition had been discovered as well.
The operation was jointly launched by the army, police, pro-government tribal forces and members of the Sahwa, or anti-Qaeda militia, Askari said.
The aim of the operation is to “secure Baghdad and not give any opportunity for Al-Qaeda to carry out terrorist actions, by arresting its members,” and to “achieve security and stability in all Iraq,” he said.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki named security as one of his three top priorities after parliament on Tuesday approved his nomination for a second term of office and gave its stamp of approval to his national unity government.