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8 alleged terrorists caught in Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 4 (UPI) -- Iraqi security forces seized an alleged terrorist leader and other members of a group responsible for jihadist recruitment, U.S. military officials said.

Abu Abdullah al Shafi'l, the leader of Ansar al Islam, and seven associates were caught Monday during raids in Baghdad, CNN reported.

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A Kurdish counter-terrorism group supported by the U.S. advisers helped the Iraqi forces conduct raids of residential buildings, CNN reported.

Al Shafi'l is suspected to be behind attacks on Iraqi civilians, Kurdish police, and Iraqi and coalition forces.

He is also is believed to be associated with Osama Bin Laden.

The military believes the terrorist's capture will impede the progress of Ansar al Islam, which authorities say threatens Iraq's unification, CNN reported.

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