High Value Target Captured In Ramadi

doesnt add much, but this is what AP wire service is saying

U.S. forces conduct raid on 'high value target'; witnesses report Sunni cleric arrested
By AP Wire Services
11/21/2004 10:15:00 AM

RAMADI, Iraq - U.S. forces conducted a raid to capture a "high value target" associated with Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in an area northwest of Baghdad, a U.S. spokesman said Sunday. Three people were detained.

Late Saturday, Marines conducted a "limited-scale" raid to disrupt insurgent activities in the Haqlaniyah area, about 135 miles northwest of Baghdad, said 1st Lt. Lyle Gilbert.

Three people were detained and a weapons cache was confiscated, Gilbert said. He did not specify whether any of the three was the "high value target" that U.S. forces were seeking.

Also found were heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition, he said.

Al-Zarqawi is believed to have escaped from Fallujah during the U.S. offensive on the guerrilla stronghold that began Nov. 8.

Eyewitnesses said U.S. troops raided a Sunni mosque Saturday night, arresting its cleric and detaining dozens of residents in nearby homes during a sweep of Haqlaniyah. The U.S. military denied Sunday that a mosque was raided in the area.

Cleric Douraid Fakhry was arrested after U.S. forces were seen raiding the al-Mustafa mosque, according to eyewitnesses. Houses surrounding the mosque were searched and a number of its residents were arrested.

The raid on the mosque comes as part of the government campaign against some hardline Sunni clerics whom the government accuse of fueling the insurgency in Iraq and of using their mosques as stores for weapon caches.

On Friday, Iraqi and U.S. forces raided Baghdad's Abu Hanifa mosque -- one of the country's most important Sunni mosques.

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