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Security forces dismantled a 25-member Anasr al Islam cell that conducted robbers and attacks in Baghdad; Ansar al Islam is allied with al Qaeda in Iraq. Former Saddam deputy Izzat Ibrahim al Douri appeared on a video and urged Baathists to fight the government.
Vice President Tareq al Hashemi, who is wanted for terrorism charges, left Kurdistan for Qatar. Prime Minister Maliki chided Qatar and Saudi Arabia for arming Syrian rebels. The government said the March death toll was the lowest since the US invaded in 2003.
Security forces detained 11 "terrorists" in Daqouq and Rashad near Kirkuk. Insurgents killed a policemen in Fallujah. The government declared a 10-day-long vacation in preparation for the Arab League summit.
Twenty-two policemen were arrested after 19 prisoners escaped from a jail in Kirkuk. Eleven of the prisoners were in jail with terrorism-related charges; one has since been recaptured.
Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed credit for a series of bombings and attacks across the country on March 19 that killed 46 Iraqis. AQI said the target was the "fool government preparing" for next week's Arab League summit in Baghdad.