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Iraqi Forces Arrest al-Qaida Financier

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2010 – Iraqi security forces arrested two men affiliated with al-Qaida and detained two suspects in operations over the past two days in Iraq.

Forces arrested a suspected weapons and explosives operator in addition to two suspected criminal accomplices during a security operation yesterday north of Baghdad.

Iraqi forces and U.S. advisors searched a home for a suspected al-Qaida member believed to have acquired weapons for the terrorist group in addition to facilitating explosive attacks within the region.

After preliminary questioning and assessing the evidence at the scene, forces identified and arrested the wanted man and two suspects without incident.

In a Jan. 19 operation, Iraqi forces with U.S. advisors arrested a suspected terrorist financier during an operation in Ninevah province.

The force arrested the warranted man on suspicion of financing al-Qaida. Forces believe the suspect is responsible for multiple attacks against Iraqi civilians and security forces in the province.

(Compiled from U.S. Forces Iraq news releases.)

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