“Iraq raids net al Qaeda suspects, bomb ingredients,” from CNN:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — U.S. and Iraqi troops found 100 gallons of nitric acid and other bomb-making materials Sunday during raids that yielded the arrests of 72 suspected members of the al Qaeda in Iraq network, the U.S. military said.
The “constellation of overnight raids” was conducted in Anbar and Salaheddin provinces, the military said.
“Coalition operations like these continue to chip away at the al Qaeda in Iraq network, and we will continue to target them as long as they continue to injure and kill the innocent people of Iraq,” said U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Garver.
Half of those arrested were captured during raids in Samarra, in Salaheddin province north of Baghdad, according to the military. The nitric acid and bomb-making ingredients were found during a raid in Karmah.
The Samarra arrests came as authorities banned all movement in the city in response to recent threats, most notably a threatened suicide attack on the Samarra bridge, a security official said.
Jihad against electricity and flood prevention:
The Samarra bridge has a dam that generates power and regulates water levels on the Tigris River.
The city went on high alert after the Islamic State of Iraq — the insurgent umbrella group that includes al Qaeda in Iraq — distributed leaflets to police in Samarra on Saturday, warning them that they have three days to “repent” or be killed.
The insurgent group also told police to use loudspeakers at mosques and marketplaces to announce their rejection of the “apostate state.”
A daylight curfew went into effect at 6 a.m. (10 p.m. Saturday ET) until further notice, the official said.
Two hours after the curfew took effect, a group of gunmen traveling in about 30 vehicles attacked a convoy of fuel tankers just outside Samarra, kidnapping the drivers of 16 trucks and setting fire to the vehicles, a Tikrit police official said.