This is almost surely the 50th false alarm, but the story comes from a somewhat reputable source (AP/Jerusalem Post) and reports on an interesting exchange:
Iraq's interior minister on Saturday refused to comment on rumors that the top terror leader in the country had been taken into custody.Possible motive for delaying the announcement: “Rumors spread that Iraqi authorities had al-Zarqawi in custody but were waiting to announce it just before the Jan. 30 elections.”
"I wouldn't like to comment for the time being," Interior Minister Falah al-Naqib said when asked about rumors that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been arrested. "Let's see. Maybe in the next few days we will make a comment about it."
Pressing him, a reporter asked, "Does that mean he is in custody?"
"No comment," the minister repeated.