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Iraqi Army Soldiers Taking Fight to Enemy

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2006 – The Iraqi army took the fight to the enemy over the weekend, capturing an insurgent cell leader, detaining an improvised explosive device supplier and detaining suspected death squad members.

Coalition forces in Anbar province also killed three insurgents.

Yesterday, 8th Iraqi Army Division forces, with coalition advisors, conducted a raid near Suwayrah and captured the suspected leader of an insurgent cell. The cell leader is suspected pf being responsible for a car bomb attack in Suwayrah that killed nine and injured more than 50 Iraqi civilians. The cell is thought to have also coordinated an attack which destroyed an Iraqi army headquarters in Suwayrah. Iraqi forces detained four additional suspects during the raid.

Iraqi Army special operations forces, with coalition advisors, conducted another raid yesterday in Abu Ghraib to capture a criminal suspected of providing supplies for improvised explosive devices and munitions to a bomb-making cell in the area. The Iraqi soldiers confiscated several sniper and assault rifles during the raid and detained three suspects.

Near Ramadi, the 7th Iraqi Army Division conducted a raid Nov. 10 to capture members of an insurgent cell believed to be responsible for attacks in the area. The cell members allegedly are responsible for multiple coordinated attacks on coalition operating bases in and around the capital of Anbar province. The soldiers detained one suspect.

In a raid near Sadr City, Iraqi Army special operations forces captured a top-level death squad leader.

Authorities believe the man is responsible for widespread death squad atrocities in eastern Baghdad. Officials in Baghdad said the man controls multiple cells with hundreds of members. The cells conduct sectarian murder and torture, kidnappings, improvised explosive device attacks and other attacks and crimes against Iraqi civilians and Iraqi security forces. He also facilitates the flow into Iraq of weapons and explosives used to conduct sectarian attacks.

The Iraqis detained five suspects during the raid and confiscated six improvised explosive devices and Iraqi military uniforms.

Finally, coalition forces killed three insurgents yesterday in a thwarted attack against a coalition patrol in the Euphrates River city of Hit, Iraq. Six insurgents fired on the patrol, and coalition soldiers responded to the attack with gunfire, killing three of the insurgents. The other three fled the scene.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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