Three Yemenis arrested and another jailed in Iraq [Archives:2006/986/Local News]

October 2 2006

BAGHDAD, Sept. 30 ) Tribal leaders have arrested three Yemenis in Iraq, while a fourth has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

From Sept. 8-14, Iraq's Central Criminal Court issued judgments upon 22 prison detainees, including a Yemeni named Abdullah Hussein Ahmed Saleh, convicted of infiltrating and illegal passing of borders.

Iraqi police and tribal leaders in Al-Ramadi said Iraqi sources promised to wage war on Al-Qaeda organization there and managed to arrest five Al-Qaeda affiliates last Friday, including three Yemenis.

According to police officer Salam Obeed, the five men were arrested without incident below a bridge in Al-Ramadi in Al-Anbar province.

Occupying approximately one-third of Iraq's total area, Al-Anbar is the stronghold of Sunni Arabs and one of the most dangerous areas for U.S. forces, according to Sattar Al-Baza'I, a sheikh of one of Al-Anbar's tribes.

Media sources previously have mentioned that more than 500 Yemenis have gone to Iraq since the end of last year and this year. However, the same sources didn't mention the specific party or nation behind sending them to Iraq, nor the country or countries through which they passed.