Saturday, December 17, 2005

Iraq issues arrest warrant for UN HQ bomb suspect

Iraq has issued an arrest warrant for a militant believed to be responsible for the 2003 truck-bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement on Friday. The attack killed 22 people including U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello. The statement said Iraq's Central Investigating Court had issued the warrant on Dec. 4 for Mullah Halgurd al-Khabir. It named him as the prime suspect for the U.N. headquarters attack and said he was the senior leader in Baghdad of the Army of Ansar al-Sunna -- one of the main Sunni insurgent groups in Iraq. It also said Khabir had historical ties to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda's leader in Iraq.

Moreover, Ansar al-Sunna is a terrorist organization with links to Iran and Syria (and probably an ally of Moqtada al Sadr), believed to be based in Mosul. Many of its members have been arrested in north Iraq by the Kurds; some must have repented and confessed their sins.

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