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Iraq: Al-Qaeda?s 'oil minister' held    
Al-Qaeda's so-called "oil minister" in Iraq has been arrested along with 10 other members of the group, the interior ministry said on Saturday.?

"The police in Diyala province arrested eleven members of the Islamic State in Iraq (Al-Qaeda's self-styled name there), including Ali Mahmud Mohammed. He is the oil minister of this organisation," the statement said.?

The ministry did not say when he was detained, only that he was arrested north of Baquba, the capital of Diyala province and one of the most unstable parts of the country.?

Mohammed was known for his involvement in hijacking tanker shipments of crude oil and petrol for Al-Qaeda and abducting the drivers.?

On February 21, Al-Qaeda's so-called "irrigation minister" and "finance minister" were also arrested.?

The group's influence in Iraq has been considerably weakened over the past couple of years, but it is still capable of launching large-scale attacks. Its followers are concentrated most heavily in Diyala and in Nineveh, in the north.?

The self-styled Islamic State in Iraq was proclaimed in October 2006 and groups a number of Sunni Muslim insurgent organisations.?
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