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Iraqi Forces Arrest 15 Suspected Terrorists

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2010 – Iraqi forces arrested 15 terrorism suspects in various security operations yesterday and today, military officials reported.

A man who brandished a handgun at security forces in one of the operations was killed.

-- In a rural area northeast of Baghdad yesterday, an Iraqi emergency response unit and U.S. advisors searched several buildings for a suspect believed to work closely with al-Qaida in Iraq leaders in Diyala province to supply weapons and explosives to fellow terrorist-group members. Police arrested a suspected criminal associate of the wanted man.

-- In eastern Mosul yesterday, Iraqi soldiers and U.S. advisors searched several buildings for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member who allegedly is involved in oil-company extortion. The Iraqi soldiers arrested 12 suspected criminal associates of the wanted man.

-- In an operation today in a rural area southwest of Kirkuk, Iraqi police and U.S. advisors captured a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader who is believed to be involved with coordinating assassinations and vehicle-borne bombing attacks.

-- In northeastern Mosul yesterday, Iraqi soldiers and U.S. advisors conducted an operation yesterday targeting a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member believed to be involved in managing financial affairs for the terrorist organization. While securing a building to be searched, the security team was fired upon by an individual with a handgun. The team fired back and killed him. The gunman later was identified as the wanted man. Iraqi soldiers also arrested a suspected criminal associate of the man targeted in the operation.

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

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