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April 23, 2009
Iraq’s al-Qaeda leader captured in Baghdad

Despite significant improvement in Iraq’s security over the last year, violent attacks still shatter any notion that Iraq has become a peaceful place, as they did again on Thursday with two suicide bombings that killed at least 78 people.

But officials are hopeful that another event on Thursday may help reduce the violence — the reported arrest by Iraqi security officials of one of the most wanted leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked Sunni insurgency. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi was for years a key target of Iraqi and American forces.

Michael Wahid Hanna, an expert on international security matters with the Century Foundation, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the significance of the capture and what it will mean for Iraq’s Sunni insurgency, as well as the increase┬áin bombings in Iraq.

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