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Pic Of Alleged Al Qaeda Group Head Shown

Abu Omar al-Baghdadi
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The Iraqi government for the first time has displayed a picture of a man it says is the purported leader of an al Qaeda front group.

An Iraqi military spokesman showed the picture of a bearded man in a black T-shirt at a news conference on Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi claims it's Abu Omar al-Baghdadi but gave no other proof of identity.

Iraq's government announced al-Baghdadi's capture last week but the claim met with skepticism due to similar announcements that proved false.

The arrest of the head of the Islamic State of Iraq could mark a setback to insurgents trying to intensify attacks after a relative lull.

Al-Moussawi says al-Baghdadi was arrested April 23 and security forces are trying to glean information from him.