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Soldiers Capture Brothers Linked to Attacks on Coalition

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2003 – With Operation Iron Hammer in full swing around Baghdad and Operation Ivy Cyclone II under way around Tikrit, Baquba, Kirkuk and Balad, U.S. and coalition forces continue to crack down on insurgents in Iraq.

Paratroopers from 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment on Nov. 16 captured two brothers linked to attacks on U.S. and coalition forces, U.S. Central Command officials said.

Latif and Salif Ibrahim, brothers of captured Iraqi Lt. Gen. Khamis Salah Ibrahim Al Halboosi, were detained for their part in an improvised explosive device attack on a U.S. Army convoy in October that destroyed an ammunition truck, according to a CENTCOM news release.

When the brothers were detained, the paratroopers seized an AK-47 assault rifle, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, two RPG rounds, and 36 million dinar (approximately $24,000), the news release said.

Officials said the brothers are former regime loyalists who had organized and supplied money for attacks against coalition troops in Iraq in the past.

"The capture of these brothers severely hinders the ability of local former regime loyalist cells to organize and implement attacks against innocent Iraqis and coalition forces," the CENTCOM release said.

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