November 14, 2007 10:53 a.m.
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi troops seized the west Baghdad headquarters of a powerful Sunni Muslim group Wednesday.
The Association of Muslim Scholars, a hard-line Sunni-clerics group with links to insurgents, has its headquarters in the Um al-Qura mosque in the capital's Sunni-dominated Ghazaliyhah neighborhood.
Iraqi security forces dispatched by the Sunni Endowment, a government agency that cares for Sunni mosques and shrines, surrounded the mosque complex at Wednesday morning and demanded that the building be evacuated before noon, the association said in a statement posted on its Web site. continued