BAGHDAD — American troops grabbed two suspected al-Qaida in Iraq bombing participants and a Shiite militia leader Tuesday in separate raids north and south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. It did not name the captured people.
The U.S, command also said American soldiers killed four people a day earlier after coming under fire from machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades in Shiite sections of the capital. The troops seized dozens of rifles, along with ammunition, a statement said.
One of the al-Qaida in Iraq prisoners, who was captured with four aides in Mosul, is suspected of masterminding bombings against Iraqi police in the area, the U.S. military said.
The other al-Qaida in Iraq prisoner was apprehended along with an assistant in Tikrit, a Sunni city south of Mosul. He was thought to have helped organize suicide bombings and the movement of foreign fighters into the country, the military statement said.
The suspected Shiite militia leader and five associates surrendered without incident at his home in Kut, southeast of the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said. He was accused of involvement in the murder of Iraqis and American soldiers, it said.
Security talks stall: Dawa party lawmaker Haidar al-Abadi told reporters in Baghdad's U.S.-guarded Green Zone on Tuesday that negotiations over a U.S.-Iraqi security pact and the future status of American troops in Iraq were stumbling, with "almost all points under dispute." The party is allied to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Refugee office opens: The U.S. government has opened its first permanent office in Baghdad for Iraqi refugees seeking to settle in the United States, responding to criticism that the Bush administration has failed to help thousands of Iraqis whose lives are in danger because of their work with American organizations.
Oil production: Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the semiautonomous Kurdish region, said Tuesday that Iraq should boost crude oil export capacity to 6-million barrels a day, nearly three times the amount the country currently sends to international markets.
Information from the Associated Press and the Washington Post was used in this report.