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CNN is reporting that two have been held and two released, but this is the early AP Report.

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Iraq Said to Arrest 4 in Berg Beheading
By SABER BABAN
Associated Press Writer

May 21 2004, 9:28 AM EDT

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi police have arrested four people in the killing of American Nicholas Berg and believe a nephew of Saddam Hussein was involved in Berg's beheading, an Iraqi security official said Friday.

The suspects were former members of Saddam Hussein's Fedayeen paramilitary organization, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. They were May 14 in a house in Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad. The province includes Tikrit, Saddam's hometown.

The group that was involved in the killing of Berg was led by Yasser al-Sabawi, a nephew of Saddam Hussein, the security official said. He said American intelligence had asked Iraqi authorities to hand over the suspects, but they were still in Iraqi hands.

Al-Sabawi was not among those arrested, the Iraqi official said.

Police intelligence agents arrested the suspects as they arrived to "plot other major operations," the official said without elaborating. Four suspects had arrived early for the 7 p.m. meeting and were inside the house, waiting for a fifth associate who escaped arrest, he said.

Police seized weapons and explosives at the site. The Iraqi official said the informant who tipped off authorities was killed by unidentified gunmen the day after the arrests.

American officials have said they believe Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian wanted for allegedly organizing attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq on behalf of al-Qaida, personally carried out Berg's killing.

On Tuesday, Interior Minister Samir Shaker Mahmoud al-Sumeidi refused to comment on reports of arrests in the Berg case.

The body of Berg, 26, was found May 8 near a highway overpass in Baghdad. He was last seen on April 10 when he left his Baghdad hotel.

A video posted May 11 on an al-Qaeda-linked Web site showed a bound Berg in an orange jumpsuit. He was sitting in front of five men, their faces masked, as one read an anti-American text.

After pushing Berg to the floor, the men severed his head with a knife and held it up for the camera. They said his killing was in response to the abuse of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison.




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Yeah, we're gonna arrest some of the suspects in this killing, but do we or do we not have al-Zarqawi? I'm betting on the latter, myself. Heck, for that matter, where's Osama?

So... we're gonna arrest four guys, but we can't find al-Zarqawi or al-Sabawi?

Didn't they just say that al-Zarqawi personally carried out the murder (not to mention countless attacks on our armed forces and plenty of innocent Iraqis, mind you), and al-Sabawi organized the thing?

Yet we don't have either of 'em? Hell... who did we get? The first four guys we could find off the street? Or did they draw straws?



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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Yeah, we're gonna arrest some of the suspects in this killing, but do we or do we not have al-Zarqawi? I'm betting on the latter, myself. Heck, for that matter, where's Osama?

    So... we're gonna arrest four guys, but we can't find al-Zarqawi or al-Sabawi?

    Didn't they just say that al-Zarqawi personally carried out the murder (not to mention countless attacks on our armed forces and plenty of innocent Iraqis, mind you), and al-Sabawi organized the thing?

    Yet we don't have either of 'em? Hell... who did we get? The first four guys we could find off the street? Or did they draw straws?


This is like fueding with Evolution and only getting La Resistance.

And call me a conspiracy theorist, but I have this feling that top Al Queda operatives will start getting captured around October.



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Ah, but the protests started LONG before it was even announced that so many troops would be going there. Hell, the protests started as soon as Bush mentioned "Iraq" and "war" in the same sentance. Explain that?
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