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U.S., Iraqi Forces Detain 4, Find Weapons in Central Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2009 – Coalition and Iraqi forces detained four suspected insurgents and found weapons in recent operations in central Iraq, U.S. military officials reported.

Iraqi and coalition forces yesterday detained a suspect in Baghdad’s Mansour district after discovering an assortment of weapons in his home. The raid was initiated from a tip given to Iraqi forces by a local resident. The search turned up three artillery rounds, two rockets and a bag filled with metal ball bearings, all which may be used to build homemade bombs, military officials said.

Also in Baghdad, Iraqi forces arrested a man believed to be in charge of a suicide-bomber network operating in the area. The suspect reportedly recruits and trains women to be suicide bombers and was taken into custody after Iraq’s Central Investigating Court issued a warrant for his arrest, officials said.

Just north of Baghdad May 17 in Diyala province, Iraqi and coalition forces detained two suspected insurgents. The men are believed responsible for kidnapping local residents and targeting security forces with roadside bombs and small-arms attacks, officials said.

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