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Iraqis Arrest 3 Terrorism Suspects

American Forces Press Service

BAGDAD, March 1, 2010 – Iraqi security forces arrested three suspected terrorists Feb. 26 during two operations here and in northern Iraq aimed at preventing attacks designed to disrupt the upcoming national elections.

In western Baghdad, Iraqi forces and U.S. advisors searched a building for a suspected leader of a terrorist group that provides support and assistance to al-Qaida in Iraq by carrying out attacks and assassinations.

Following preliminary questioning and collection of evidence at the scene, Iraqi forces identified and arrested the wanted man and a suspected criminal accomplice.

In a separate operation conducted in a rural area southeast of Kirkuk, Iraqi forces and U.S. advisors searched several buildings for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member who carries out bombing attacks throughout the Tigris River Valley.

Information gathered during the operation led Iraqi police to arrest a suspected criminal associate of the wanted man.

(From a U.S. Forces Iraq news release.)

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