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1 Iraq detains 1,000 in anti-al-Qaida crackdown
By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer
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|BAGHDAD – Nearly 1,000 people have been detained in a sweep to break al-Qaida in Iraq’s sway in Iraq’s third largest city, Mosul, but many of the fighters have fled to nearby areas, where troops are hunting for them, Iraqi officials said Saturday.
Iraq’s leaders presented the crackdown as a success so far in depriving the terror network of what has been its most prominent urban stronghold since it lost hold of cities in Iraq’s western Anbar province.
But the flight of al-Qaida fighters raises the concern they can regroup elsewhere, as has often happened in the past.