Troops Catch 14 Suspects, Seize Weapons in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2008 Coalition and Iraqi forces captured 14 suspects and seized scores of weapons and munitions in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.
In Iraq today:
-- Troops in Baghdad detained seven suspected terrorists, including a man wanted by coalition forces. Military officials said the wanted man allegedly conspires with al-Qaida in Iraq leaders in the southern belt of the Iraqi capital.
-- Elsewhere in Baghdad, coalition forces launched a precision operation and caught a suspect who military officials believe is a liaison between extremist groups aligned with al-Qaida in Iraq and terrorist cells in the southern belt.
-- Coalition troops captured a man in Beiji wanted for his ties to al-Qaida in Iraq’s overlapping foreign terrorist and bombing networks in the Tigris River Valley.
-- Iraqi police, acting on a tip, discovered nine mortar rounds, two rifles and ammunition in Baghdad’s Furat neighborhood.
During operations yesterday:
-- Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained three known criminals in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad.
-- Coalition forces in Mosul detained two suspected terrorists while targeting al-Qaida in Iraq operatives linked to networks that facilitate the movement of foreign terrorists into the country.
-- Combined forces confiscated weapons stockpiles in Baghdad and north of Karmah, and, a day earlier, near the border town of Amarah. The caches contained munitions rounds, assault rifles, bomb-making materials and other equipment, military officials said.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)