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Forces Capture Suspected Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2005 – Multinational forces from the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) and Iraqi regular army soldiers captured seven insurgents in the Mosul area Jan. 27 during continuing efforts to ensure security for national elections Jan. 30.

Iraqi regular army soldiers from the 101st Infantry Battalion detained two people suspected of attacking the Al Kindi Main Gate in eastern Mosul. And multinational forces soldiers conducting a raid in eastern Mosul detained five people suspected of anti-Iraqi activity.

In the Tikrit area, soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 4th Cavalry Regiment, detained three individuals during a raid Jan. 27. It was conducted as part of an operation to capture wanted anti-Iraqi-force members suspected in a recent improvised-explosive-device attack. The detainees were taken to multinational forces detention facilities for questioning.

In a crackdown on insurgents south of Baghdad, Iraqi security forces, backed by elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, rounded up 14 suspected insurgents Jan. 27. Soldiers of the 507th Iraqi National Guard Battalion detained 11 suspected insurgents near Iskandariyah and confiscated three vehicles believed to be used as car bombs.

The Iraqi soldiers were reinforcing Iraqi police officers who were engaged by militants firing rifles near a school. In their own sweep of the area, the police detained two people in connection with the attack.

Elsewhere, the Hilla-based Iraqi SWAT team, joined by Marines of the 24th MEU's Force Reconnaissance platoon, captured a wanted insurgent in a raid near Jabella.

Also, news reports announced today the interim Iraqi government's arrests of three associates of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. They reportedly had been captured around mid-January.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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