BAGHDAD -- Iraqi security forces have arrested the head of al Qaeda in Iraq in the northern city of Mosul, one of the few remaining insurgent strongholds in the country, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said Thursday.
It is unclear how much the detention of Abu Ayyub al-Masri would affect the extremist group or security in Iraq. U.S. military officials describe al Qaeda in Iraq as a resilient organization that can quickly replace leaders. Mr. Masri became head of the group after its former leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed by the U.S. military in June 2006.
Of course, that doesn't mean the al-Qaeda threat in Iraq is over, but good news all the same.