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Arrest warrant issued for Iraqi terrorist leader with ties to Zarqawi

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- On Dec. 4, The Iraqi Central Investigating Court in Baghdad issued an arrest warrant for Mullah Halgurd Al-Khabir, a “Jihadist” terrorist commander, suspected of leading the insurgency against Coalition and Iraqi forces. The arrest warrant states that Al-Khabir is wanted for violation of Iraqi Penal Code 194, committing terrorist acts.

Al-Khabir is the senior leader in Baghdad for the Iraqi based terrorist organization Ansar al-Sunna, and has historical ties to al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Khabir replaced the previous commander of Ansar al-Suna, Abdallah Al-Shafi’i, after Shafi’i was killed in December, 2002, in a gun battle with local law enforcement.

Ansar al-Sunna, a terrorist organization with links to terrorists in Syria and Iran, have committed multiple suicide bomb attacks in Iraq that have resulted in the deaths of Coalition Forces, Iraqi Army Soldiers, Iraqi policemen and Iraqi citizens. The majority of these attacks have taken place in Baghdad, Kirkuk and Mosul.

The arrest warrant claims that Al-Khabir, the Emir in Baghdad and regional commander for Ansar al-Sunna, has designed, coordinated and lead attacks “to unsettle the stability and security of Iraq.”

Al-Khabir is the prime suspect in several lethal bombings in Iraq, including the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad in August 2003. That attack killed the top UN envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, 55, from Brazil.

It also killed 21 others and wounded more than one hundred. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan commented that the bombing was an “act of unprovoked and murderous violence.”
Al-Khabir is also the prime suspect in the October, 2003, bombing of Turkey’s embassy in Baghdad. Two people were killed in that attack. Officials also believe Al-Khabir is responsible for the bombing of the Rahimawa police station in Kirkuk, which killed more than a dozen Iraqis and seriously wounded dozens more.

Iraqi and Coalition Forces continue to pursue Al-Khabir in their unwavering effort to ensure he, and all other insurgents and former regime members, is held accountable and punished within the free and democratic Iraqi Judicial System.

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Mullah Halgurd Al-Khabir


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