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Coalition Forces Apprehend Doctors, Prevent Terrorist Clinic

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2005 – Coalition forces have captured two key terrorist medical doctors, dealing a serious blow to al Qaeda attempts to establish treatment facilities for terrorists in Iraq, military officials here announced this week.

Coalition forces acting on multiple intelligence sources and tips from concerned citizens raided two suspected terrorist locations in the Baghdad and Baqubah regions Aug. 29 and 30 to capture known terrorists operating in the areas, officials said.

Anis Abd-al-Razaq Ali Muhammad, also known as Dr. Anis or Dr. Saad, was captured during those raids. Dr. Saad is an admitted terrorist and senior member of al Qaeda in Iraq.

Coalition forces also captured Mazen Mahdi Salih Mahdi Khudayr, also known as Abu Abdullah, Dr. Mazen or Dr. Layth. He is an admitted senior terrorist, weapons dealer and medical doctor who worked for an al Qaeda leader in Baghdad.

In addition to treating wounded terrorists, Layth sold weapons and explosives to terrorists to kill Iraqi security and coalition forces. He has admitted to visiting neighboring countries to buy weapons and explosives and then smuggling them back into Iraq, where he would sell them to his terrorist connections in Baghdad. One such purchase was to provide arms to a terrorist assassination platoon, according to documents recovered by coalition forces.

Saad was one of the terrorist organization's key physicians. He is a pharmacist, but he was also acting as an unaccredited medical doctor, treating wounded terrorists in and around the Baghdad area. He prescribed and provided drugs and medication and was actively involved in the treatment of terrorists' wounds.

Additionally, senior members of the al Qaeda terrorist network in Baghdad commissioned Saad and Layth to open a clinic to treat wounded terrorists in the area. They met on numerous occasions to discuss the endeavor and were in the process of selecting a suitable location and obtaining additional assistance when they were captured.

This is the second known instance of terrorists attempting to open such a facility in the Baghdad area, military officials said. Another doctor, who was captured in June, was also commissioned by senior al Qaeda leaders in Iraq to set up a clinic to treat wounded terrorists.

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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