U.S. Marines in Iraq say they have arrested two leaders of a militant group linked to wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The men, Saleh Arugayan Khalil and Bassim Mohammed Hazem were detained earlier this month during raids in the city of Ramadi, but the arrests were announced today, Saturday.
The Marines say the two were cell leaders for a local Zarqawi-affiliated group called the "Harun terrorist network". They are accused of executing 11 Iraqi National Guardsmen, as well as planting bombs and smuggling foreign militants into Iraq.
Meanwhile, police in Najaf say at least three civilians have been killed in a car bombing today, Saturday, less than a week after an attack there killed 52 people.
In Baghdad, it was a bleak Christmas for the city's small Christian community. The city's churches were mostly empty today. An apparent suicide attack Christmas Eve killed nine people.