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BAGHDAD: Iraqi and US forces have captured 29 members of Al-Qaeda, including a death squad leader, in a series of operations across Iraq, an official said on Monday.
Twenty-two Al-Qaeda members, including two brothers of Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, were captured Monday at Baiji, 220 kilometres north of Baghdad, said interior ministry operations director Brigadier General Abdel Karim Khalaf.
The US military, meanwhile, said its troops had rescued two people kidnapped and tortured apparently by Al-Qaeda operatives in a town near Fallujah, 50 kilometres west of Baghdad.
"Soldiers freed the two bound and gagged civilians held in a complex (in Karmah). One victim, later identified as an Iraqi policeman, had been shot while the other had been hanged and beaten."
Both victims were alive and were airlifted to a nearby military camp for treatment, the statement said.
"The terrorists, identified as Al-Qaeda in Iraq by one of the victims, were filming the torture sessions and apparently left the two hostages alone to get more videotape."