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Iraqi, Coalition Troops Kill One, Detain 14 Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2006 – Iraqi soldiers with coalition advisors killed an enemy fighter and captured 14 during two operations in Baghdad yesterday.

Ninth Iraqi Army Division troops and coalition advisors captured a suspected insurgent allegedly involved in improvised explosive device attacks against Iraqi civilians and security forces in the Rashid area of Baghdad.

The detainee is also believed to be responsible for kidnapping and setting up illegal checkpoints to help facilitate his alleged kidnapping and murder operations.

During the operation Iraqi forces also detained seven other suspects for further questioning.

Elsewhere yesterday, during an operation in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood, special Iraqi army forces and coalition advisors met with resistance in their search for a suspect allegedly responsible for controlling insurgents. One enemy fighter was killed and one was wounded.

The wanted person allegedly directs and controls more than 100 insurgents committing violent acts against civilians and legitimate government forces, including kidnapping, murder, rocket attacks and IED construction.

During both operations, minimal damage was caused to the objectives and surrounding areas, and there were no reports of civilian casualties. No casualties were reported among Iraqi or coalition forces.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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