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Coalition, Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorists

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006 – Coalition forces and Iraqi security forces detained 21 suspected terrorists across Iraq this week, military officials reported.

Coalition forces in the Anbar region disrupted a gathering and captured six detainees in southern Ramadi today. Coalition forces encountered minimal resistance from the terrorists, quickly neutralized enemy fire and secured the area, officials said. The troops found two AK-47s and associated ammunition at the site of the raid.

Officials said information from recent detainees led to the successful raid, which was part of ongoing, coordinated efforts to eliminate terrorist operations in the Anbar region west of Baghdad.

Elsewhere, soldiers from 6th Iraqi Army Division and Multinational Division Baghdad detained 15 terrorists in three separate events May 23 and May 24.

In one event on May 23, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained two terrorists in connection with a weapons cache found south of Baghdad.

In a second event that same day, soldiers from 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, detained two terrorists attempting to drive through a traffic control point with explosive material in their truck south of Baghdad.

On May 24, another 11 terrorists were detained south of Baghdad when they fired upon a 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, traffic control point from a mosque. The terrorists were found with AK-47 rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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