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Iraqi Forces Kill Suspected Terrorist, Arrest 34 Other

Compiled from U.S. Forces Iraq News Releases

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2010 – Iraqi security forces working with U.S. advisors killed a suspected terrorist and arrested 34 others in recent operations in Iraq, military officials reported.

Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested 18 suspected criminal associates -- including one who was wounded -- while searching near Taji today for an al-Qaida in Iraq member who allegedly has close ties to the network’s senior leadership.

During the operation, one suspect refused to leave the building in which he was hiding and opened fire. The security force returned fire and, after entering and clearing the building, discovered the suspect had been wounded during the exchange of gunfire. He was reported to be in stable condition at a nearby military hospital undergoing surgery for his wounds.

In eastern Mosul today, Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member believed to have close ties to the terrorist group’s leadership, along with two alleged criminal associates.

Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested four suspected al-Qaida in Iraq criminal associates during two joint security operations conducted Aug. 7 in eastern Mosul. The combined forces were searching for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader allegedly responsible for extorting money from oil-related contractors and oil transportation workers to finance terrorist operations.

Also on Aug. 7, Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors killed a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq criminal associate who pulled a pistol on them and arrested five others during two operations near Mosul. They were searching for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader allegedly responsible for extorting money from oil-related contractors and oil transportation workers to finance terrorist operations.

 In northern Iraq, Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested four suspected al-Qaida in Iraq criminal associates Aug. 7 near Sharqat while searching for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member who allegedly has close ties to the organization’s senior leadership.

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