Al Qaeda #2 in Iraq, Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, Arrested

Abu Humam is directly responsible for the bombing of the Shia Golden Mosque in Samarra in February.

Hamed Juma Faris al-Suaidi, also known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, the second most senior figure in al Qaeda in Iraq. (Reuters)

Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, known as Abu Humam or Abu Rana, was arrested a few days ago, Mouwaffak al-Rubaie said, adding that his arrest also led to the capture or death of 11 other top al-Qaida in Iraq figures and nine lower-level members.

He was the second most important al-Qaida in Iraq leader after Abu Ayyub al-Masri, al-Rubaie said. Al-Masri succeeded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike north of Baghdad on June 7.

“We believe that al-Qaida in Iraq suffers from a serious leadership crisis. Our troops have dealt fatal and painful blows to this organization,” the security adviser said.

Al-Saeedi was “directly responsible” for the person who carried out the bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra in February, al-Rubaie added. The bombing inflamed tensions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims and triggered reprisal attacks that continue still.

“Al-Saeedi carried out al-Qaida’s policies in Iraq and the orders of the slain al-Zarqawi to incite sectarian violence in the country, through attempting to start a civil war between Shiites and Sunnis — but their wishes did not materialize,” al-Rubaie added.

After his arrest, al-Saeedi gave up information that led to the arrest or death of 11 top al-Qaida in Iraq figures and nine lower-level members, he added. He would not reveal the identities of the others, or where al-Saeedi was captured, for security reasons.

There was no word on if officials had to beat any information out of him.

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