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Iraqi Scouts Raid Car Bomb Cell, Capture Three Key Members

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2006 – Iraqi soldiers raided a housing compound in Baghdad on May 31 and captured three insurgents who were members of a vehicle-bomb cell, military officials here reported today.

Scouts from the 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, assisted by coalition force advisers, raided three separate objectives simultaneously in the Al Rasheed district in east-central Baghdad. They captured three key members of a cell operating in the Al Doura area of Baghdad. This cell is responsible for making vehicle bombs and carrying out attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces, officials said.

The Iraqi soldiers also detained five other individuals and captured two AK-47 assault rifles and about 180 rounds of AK-47 ammunition.

According to a senior coalition forces adviser to the Iraqi unit, this mission was a success because it was executed so rapidly that the scouts were able to achieve complete surprise. No Iraqi forces, coalition forces or civilians were killed or wounded during this operation, the adviser said.

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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