An Iraqi Kurdish group said on Tuesday its Peshmerga fighters had captured several members of Ansar al-Islam, a shadowy group reported to have links with al Qaeda, near the border with Iran. “We captured a number of them yesterday (Monday) and we shall do our investigations to know who are those people and what is their plan,” Adel Murad, a spokesman for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), told Reuters in Baghdad. Murad said Kurdish fighters rounded up 50 people who had entered north of Iraq through borders with Iran coming from Afghanistan. “I do not know if all of them are from Ansar al-Islam or the majority of them or some of them. Our security forces captured them on the borders with Iran,” Murad said. Ansar al-Islam has been identified as one of several groups suspected of carrying out a car bomb attack against the Jordanian embassy in Baghdad last week which killed 17 people. Full Story
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