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Iraqi, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2006 – Coalition forces killed a wanted terrorist and detained another during a raid June 2, and Iraqi forces killed an insurgent financier and captured two cell leaders in a series of raids June 1, military officials in Iraq reported today.

Coalition forces killed wanted al Qaeda terrorist Hasayn Ali Muzabir in the June 2 raid near Balad, Iraq.

Muzabir was a former Iraqi intelligence officer under the Saddam Hussein regime, but more recently operated as a so-called al Qaeda military emir in the vicinity of Samarra, officials said. Muzabir was responsible for helping Iraqi and foreign terrorists and also managed and provided funds for kidnapping, assassinations and bombings against Iraqi citizens and Iraqi and coalition forces.

Intelligence led coalition forces to a specific area in which Muzabir was operating. During the attempt to apprehend him, he was killed and another man was detained. A third man, unrelated to the terrorists, was injured during the detention and medically evacuated.

On June 1, Iraqi forces conducted precision, near simultaneous raids on four separate targets in Baghdad, killing an insurgent financier and capturing two cell leaders.

The Iraqi army forces, assisted by coalition force advisers, raided four targets in central Baghdad and killed a financier responsible for bankrolling insurgent activities in at least three city districts.

Iraqi forces also captured two cell leaders responsible for attacks in at least two Baghdad districts - Ghazaliyah and Doura. One leader also belonged to a kidnapping and assassination cell in the Doura region, and both were al Qaeda-trained operatives who fought against U.S. forces in Afghanistan in the past.

One other individual, associated with the two cell leaders, also was captured during the raid. Iraqi forces confiscated several weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles, pistols, a shotgun and grenades.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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