Iraqi Spokesman Says Leader of Major Jihadi Group Captured West Of Baghdad

Baghdad (AP) -- An Iraqi military spokesman says the leader of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq has been captured in a raid west of Baghdad.

The spokesman says the group's leader was captured in a raid in Abu Ghraib on the western outskirts of the Iraqi capital. A prominent Iraqi Shiite close to Iraq's Prime Minister has also confirmed the capture, but US officials say they have no confirmation.

The group's leader has been identified in statements posted on Islamic extremist web sites as the head of the Islamic state, which was proclaimed last year after the death of al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

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