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US shows concern over Iraq's mass arrest of Al Qaeda-linked suspects

The US military has raised its concerns with senior Iraqi officials about why US forces were not consulted on an operation to arrest 38 suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), an Al Qaeda affiliate.

Detainees are displayed for the media during a news conference by Iraq's Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani in Baghdad, Dec. 2. Iraqi security forces arrested 38 al Qaeda militants in raids over the last five weeks, but the US is concerned about not being consulted on the operation.

Saad Shalash/Reuters

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The US military says it is concerned by a lack of coordination in the high-profile arrests of Islamic State of Iraq suspects by the Iraqi Interior Ministry, which has called the operation a major blow against the Al Qaeda-linked group.

On Thursday, Interior Minister Jawad Bolani and top Iraqi generals paraded 38 suspects they said included some of the senior leaders of the Al Qaeda affiliate.

In the news conference carried live on state-run television, a man said to be the long-sought senior leader of the group was brought in wearing a black hood, which was whipped off to show his face to the cameras.

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The US military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, said Iraqi security forces who carried out the arrests had not notified their US counterparts about the major operation against suspects sought by both the United States and Iraq.

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