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Iraqi Forces Wound Terror Suspect, Arrest Smuggler

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2009 – Iraqi forces, working with U.S. advisors, wounded and captured a suspected terrorist and arrested an alleged weapons smuggler in recent operations, military officials reported.

Elements of the Iraqi special operations forces detained a suspected terrorist who was wanted for engaging in sectarian violence in Baghdad yesterday. He was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, and when approached the Iraqi soldiers with the intent to fire, they shot and wounded him.

The elite counter-terrorism force was operating under the authority of a warrant issued by the Central Investigative Court of Karkh. Iraqi soldiers rendered medical aid and transported the suspect to a nearby medical facility. The U.S. advisors present were not involved in the shooting, officials said.

On Sept. 2, an Iraqi special weapons and tactics team served an arrest warrant without incident on a suspected smuggler in Ramadi.

Kamil Fadil allegedly was involved with smuggling foreign fighters, weapons and suicide vests. He also is believed to have ties to other wanted individuals throughout Iraq. The warrant was issued by the Magistrate Court in Ramadi.

The arrest may lead to the disruption of networks known to smuggle foreign fighters and finance terrorism in Iraq, officials said.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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