Iraq arrests 1,100 in Al-Qaeda operation in Mosul

Around 1,100 people have been arrested during the first four days of a government attacks on Al-Qaeda fighters in Iraq's main northern city of Mosul, the defence ministry said on Saturday.

Iraq arrests 1,100 in Al-Qaeda operation in Mosul
Ministry spokesman Major General Mohammed al-Askari said there had been no clashes during the operation and that 530 of those arrested were "wanted" by the authorities. Three of them were senior Al-Qaeda operatives, he added.

"There are no clashes or killings," Askari said, adding that the operation codenamed "Mother of Two Springs" was continuing in Mosul, described by US commanders as Al-Qaeda's last urban bastion in Iraq.

He said security forces had also recovered 1,400 kilos (3,080 pounds) of explosives, 45 missiles, 263 mortar bombs and 175 assorted weapons during the latest operation.

However there was no response to an offer of cash in exchange for heavy and medium weapons, officials said. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Friday announced a 10-day amnesty for those surrendering weaponry.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Mayıs 2008, 16:09