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Top Iraqi’s Bodyguard Arrested For Bomb Plot

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Iraqi security forces guard a group of men wanted for suspected terror activities after their arrest in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad Saturday, Sept. 30, 2006.

Detained guard suspected of Iraq attacks

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press Writer

Sat Sep 30, 8:09 AM ET

U.S. troops detained a bodyguard for the leader of Iraq’s biggest Sunni Arab political group on suspicion the guard was preparing suicide bombings, and fearful officials on Saturday enforced a total ban on movement in this city of about seven million people.

The U.S. command said the man was believed to be a member of al-Qaida in Iraq and was preparing a series of suicide attacks inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, home to the Iraqi government, parliament and the U.S. and other western embassies.

Khudhir Farhan was taken into custody Friday at the home of Adnan al-Dulaimi, the head of the largest Sunni Arab bloc in parliament, al-Dulaimi told the Associated Press.

"Credible intelligence indicates the individual, a member of Dr. Dulaimi’s personal security detachment, and seven members of the detained individual’s cell were in the final stages of launching a series of (car bomb) attacks inside the International Zone, possibly involving suicide vests," the U.S. military said in a statement without identifying the man by name.

He is suspected of having links to a car bomb network operating in the southern area of Baghdad, the military said.

Immediately after the arrest Friday afternoon, al-Dulaimi denied that the guard had terrorist links. But when contacted by the AP on Saturday he said: "That individual joined my residence as a guard no more than a month ago, therefore I haven’t got complete data about his background."

"Anyhow, they are only suspicions about his involvement, which have not been proved," al-Dulaimi said…

When will the world understand that the US troops are the peace-keepers there?

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