Zarqawi duo under arrest: Iraqis

Iraqi security forces have captured two suspected members of a militant group headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq, the Iraqi Government said today.

Brothers Hutheyfa and Mohammed Abdul-Jabbar were picked up on February 12 in Baghdad, based on intelligence extracted from other suspected insurgents under interrogation.

"It's clear from information and evidence gathered from the raid that Hutheyfa is a member of al-Qaeda," the Government said.

Iraqi security forces have rounded up scores of suspected guerrillas in recent weeks.

Some of the boldest and bloodiest insurgent attacks have been claimed by the group led by the Jordanian Zarqawi.

....slowly...ever so slowly...the noose is getting tighter...