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Page 2 of 2 -- Relatives of Ghalib said insurgent contacts relayed word to them that Ghalib was kidnapped by one such group, Al Qaeda in Iraq, headed by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The contacts said Ghalib was being interrogated and faced execution if he was found to be cooperating with Sistani toward making elections successful.

His body was found yesterday in Latifiyah.

Rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr joined Sunnis in calling for a delay in the vote, saying that elections cannot happen if Sunnis cannot fairly participate. In a statement read by his aides, Sadr also said that elections cannot happen until the foreign coalition troops leave because elections held under occupation are illegitimate.

The occupying forces are "trying to lead us to sectarian state and civil war, God forbid. Therefore, be cautious and be careful to reject all that could lead to that, including the election process," Sadr said in his statement. "Know that when our dear Sunnis do not participate, it will give no importance to the elections

Nearby, in the village of Mahaweel, a car bomb exploded near a roadblock manned by Iraqi police and soldiers. The Reuters news agency reported that four people were killed and 19 wounded.

In Baqubah, an insurgent hot spot 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, authorities found the headless body of a man who had worked as a translator for the US Army, according to Ahmed Foad, a physician at the local hospital.

The wave of attacks came as Iraq's interim government and the US forces that support it issued statements announcing the capture of men described as insurgent leaders. Most of the arrests occurred weeks or months ago.

The government said it captured a former commander in the Iraqi Republican Guard, Hamid Ismail Darwish, 51, in late October. An insurgent leader named Mohammed Fanjo was captured in December after trying to hijack a truck, according to a government statement that said "the one-armed man" had specialized in intimidation. Iaa Aldin Majid, a second cousin and former bodyguard to Saddam Hussein, was captured in Fallujah in early December. The government said he funded insurgents and directed attacks on oil pipelines and electric installations. The US military said it captured Abdul Aziz Sadun Ahmed Hamduni, described as a senior official in Zarqawi's group in Mosul, on Dec. 23.

Yet another alleged insurgent leader appeared on a videotape that Iraq's interim defense minister played at a news conference in Baghdad. On the tape, Mouayed Yaseen Aziz Abdul Razzaq Nasiri called himself the commander of a group known as Mohammed's Army and offered support for the defense minister's frequent claims that Iran is funding the insurgency. Nasiri said his group was "provided $1 million and two cars loaded with weapons" when its representatives traveled to Iran this spring.

No other evidence was offered. Mohammed's Army is widely understood to be headed by Abdullah Janabi, a Muslim cleric, and its guerrilla forces commanded by a former Republican Guard general known as Abu Jalal.

Some residents of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, have blamed Janabi for the destruction of their homes during the US offensive to retake the city in November, saying members of his group were among those holed up in the city. Witnesses said four refugees from the city fired on Janabi's car yesterday afternoon when it pulled up outside a grocery in Amiriyah. The car sped away, said Sabah Muneer, a pharmacist who said he witnessed the shooting.

Material from Knight Ridder was included in this report. 

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