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Forces Capture Suspected Cell members, Kill Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2004 – Three suspected anti-Iraqi cell members were captured during a cordonand-search mission near Tuz, Iraq, today, reported Multinational Force Iraq officials.

Iraqi Security Forces and Task Force Danger soldiers captured Kathan Hussen Jassim, Abas Hussen Yahaa and Sahad Hussen Yahaa, according to an MNFI news release. The friendly forces also found three AK-47 assault rifles, one protective mask and several notebooks and folders.

Officials said the mission was based on intelligence information that said recently elected Baath Party leaders were operating a cell to disrupt Iraqi and Multinational Force efforts to stabilize and secure the community in the area.

The detainees were taken to a military detention center for further questioning. The release said no Iraqi Security Force or MNFI soldiers were injured in the operation.

Also today, U.S. military officials reported that soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division killed a number of anti-Iraqi force members and that three suspected weapons suppliers were detained during a series of operations near Samarra.

In a separate news release, military officials stated that anti-Iraqi force cells repeatedly attacked the soldiers with small-arms fire and rocket- propelled grenades.

During the incident several bombs were dropped on known anti-Iraqi force positions, resulting in casualties, the release said. Six AK-47s, one 155 mm round and bomb-making materials were confiscated.

The individuals were transported to an MNFI detention facility for questioning. No MNFI soldiers were injured in the incident.

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