US Arrests Key Shiite Official in Iraq

Ali al-Lami accused linked to June attack that killed 10, including 4 Americans
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2008 1:00 PM CDT
US Arrests Key Shiite Official in Iraq
Worshippers, one holding a photo of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, protest against Condoleezza Rice's visit to Iraq. Ali al-Lami, who was arrested today, is accused of helping Iranian-backed militias.   (AP Photo)

A top Shiite in Iraq’s government was arrested today by US forces, which believe he played a role in a June bombing that killed 10 people, including four Americans, the AP reports. The arrest of Ali al-Lami, who heads a committee that keeps Saddam Hussein loyalists out of government, could bring strong pressure from Sunni groups concerned about Iranian influence in the government. (More Iraq stories.)

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