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US troops say seize 61 al Qaeda in Iraq members

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BAGHDAD, Mar 2 (Reuters) US military operations in the province of Anbar, west of Baghdad, have resulted in the capture of 61 members of al Qaeda in Iraq, Major General Rick Lynch, a US military spokesman, said today.

Bomb making equipment, weapons and munitions were seized in the raids on the training and bomb making facility in an area 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Falluja, Lynch said.

Some of al Qaeda in Iraq's ''critical facilitators'' were included in the 61 people captured, he said.

REUTERS SI PM2253

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