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Forces Detain Suspected Terrorists in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2009 – Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. advisors, detained eight suspected terrorists Aug. 20 and 21 in operations in Iraq, military officials reported.

In Baghdad, members of an Iraqi emergency response brigade, along with U.S. advisors, arrested a suspected terrorist believed to be affiliated with insurgent groups Aug. 21. The suspect is wanted for bomb attacks against civilians and Iraqi security forces operating in the area. The elite police force was operating under the authority of a warrant issued by the Investigative Court of Kut.

Meanwhile, members of the Iraqi 7th Regional Commando Battalion, with U.S. advisors, arrested two suspected terrorists in Ninevah province. The men are suspected of assassination attempts and explosive attacks against Iraqi and U.S. forces. The commandos arrested the suspects with a warrant issued by the Central Investigative Court of Karkh.

In Aug. 20 operations in Iraq:

-- Members of an Iraqi emergency response brigade, along with U.S. advisors, arrested a suspected terrorist allegedly affiliated with insurgent groups. The suspect is believed to have facilitated and conducted sniper attacks against Iraqi security forces in Baghdad. The police force was operating under the authority of a warrant issued by the Criminal Investigative Court of Karkh.

-- Iraqi special operations forces, along with U.S. advisors, arrested three suspects during an intelligence-driven mission in Baghdad. The suspects allegedly are affiliated with al-Qaida in Iraq and are believed to be responsible for conducting terrorist activities against Iraqi government officials and Iraqi security forces. The soldiers were operating under the authority of a warrant issued by the Central Investigative Court of Karkh.

-- A Basra special weapons and tactics team, along with U.S. advisors, arrested a suspected terrorist believed to be linked to numerous insurgent networks in Basra province. The suspect has allegedly served as a high-ranking official for terrorist groups operating in the area and is believed to be responsible for attacks against Iraqi security forces and civilians. The team was operating under the authority of a warrant issued by the Basra Court.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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