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American troops have captured an alleged member of al-Qaida in Iraq who is believed to be responsible for several devastating car-bomb attacks in Baghdad, officials said Sunday.

The unnamed man was captured Sunday morning during a raid in Baghdad, officials said, describing him as “the gatekeeper to the al-Qaida emir of Baghdad.”

Two other men tied to car bomb attacks were arrested in the same raid, a U.S. military spokesman said.

“This is a significant step in our efforts to disrupt the [car bomb] network and their devastating attacks against the Iraqi people,” Lt. Col. Christopher Garver said.

High-profile car bomb attacks have become one of the most destabilizing factors in Baghdad. The U.S. military has made it one of its priorities to try to stem the attacks, officials have said.

Sunday’s announcement comes on the heels of another operation targeting a car-bomb network leader. According to military officials, U.S. troops killed a man believed to be in charge of about 40 to 50 men who have manufactured and detonated car bombs in southwest Baghdad.

Three other suspected insurgents were captured in that raid.


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