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Troops in Iraq Capture 12 Suspects, Seize Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2009 – Coalition and Iraq forces detained a dozen suspects and seized weapons during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

Combined forces arrested a suspected criminal on a warrant June 12 in northwest Baghdad's Kadhamiyah district. The man is suspected of participating in criminal activities throughout the district, military officials said. The suspect was transferred to a secure facility for further questioning.

In a separate operation that day, Iraqi police and coalition advisors arrested a suspect on a warrant in Basra. Military officials said the suspect’s capture will reduce his group’s ability to mount effective attacks and could yield information that leads to more arrests.

In a June 11 operation, combined forces arrested a suspected terrorist on a warrant in Mosul. The man is suspected of organizing attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces in the area.

Iraqi police and soldiers arrested nine suspects wanted for terrorism in Kirkuk in a June 10 operation.

Troops also discovered weapons caches in the villages of Thalilla and Algair in the Hawijah district of Kirkuk province. The caches included a 57 mm projectile, 82 mm high-explosive mortars and 60 mm mortars.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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