Four senior leaders of the ongoing insurgency in the northern city of Mosul are said to have surrendered.
Iraqi army officers, refusing to be named, said the four gave themselves up to the authorities after several days of negotiations.
One of the insurgent leaders, called Abu Kifah, had a bounty of millions of dollars on his head.
Two others were reported to have occupied senior positions in the former army and intelligence.
Slowly but surely the Sunni insurgency is dying out and as it does al Qaeda and Iranian provocateurs will be increasingly exposed.