Asharq al-Awsat, Baghdad- Terrorists cells planning to assassinate a foreign diplomat and forge local currency notes have been uncovered and their members arrested, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday.
It did not indicate the name of the diplomat or his country but said he worked for a “friendly country”.
Security forces searched a terrorist hideout and arrested armed men including 5 fugitives from justice wanted for taking part in distributing counterfeit Iraqi Dinars.
More than forty terrorists were arrested, including four leaders of the cell, and a large cache of weapons was confiscated.
Iraqi officials used the term “friendly country” to refer to neighboring states. Earleir this month, Al Qaeda in Iraq had issued a statement on the internet calling for all foreign diplomats to leave the country or face death.