Pic Of Alleged Al Qaeda Group Head Shown
An employee of a store of Costco Japan, the Japanese unit of the American retailer, arranges packs of beef imported from the United States in Makuhari, east of Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006. U.S. beef went on sale in Japan on Wednesday for the first time since the lifting of a ban imposed in January over mad cow disease. Inspectors on Tuesday opened the way for sales of U.S. beef to resume in the lucrative Japanese market by clearing a 5.1-ton shipment of beef imported from the U.S. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) / file,AP Photo
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.
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