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Iraqi Security Forces, advised by U.S. forces, arrested Harith Sa’dun Dawud Al-Rubayi, a suspected leader of a terrorist group, and a suspected associate, Mortuda Nasir Hamud, in Diyala province Nov. 22.
A warrant was issued by the Highest Judicial Court of Muqdadiyah for Harith’s arrest for suspicion of murder, kidnapping and violent explosives attacks against Iraqi citizens and ISF units. He is also suspected of smuggling weapons, home invasion and stealing money from the Ministry of Interior.
Harith is believed to be linked to the kidnapping and murder of the former mayor of Muqdadiyah’s son in Sept., as well as the murder of an Iraqi Policeman in Abu Sayda. The suspect has been wanted by authorities and has avoided capture by ISF and U.S. forces for three years.
ISF arrested the suspect in his residence and searched the premises without incident.