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Combined Forces Capture 60 Insurgents, Kill Cell Leader

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2006 – Combined forces captured 60 suspected insurgents and killed one cell leader over the past four days in Iraq.

-- Soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, detained 30 suspected insurgents Dec. 26 southwest of Mahmudiayh. The detainees are being held for questioning.

-- 5th Iraqi Army Division forces, with coalition advisors, raided a suspected terrorist training camp today during operations near Baqubah. Combined forces detained 13 insurgents suspected of attacks against coalition forces and civilians.

-- Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, killed one suspected insurgent and captured 13 more during a four-day operation in Baghdad that ended today.

-- 7th Iraqi Army Division forces, with coalition advisors, detained three suspected insurgents today during operations near Tameem. The detained are responsible for multiple roadside-bomb and car-bomb attacks against coalition forces, Iraqi security forces and civilians.

-- Special Iraqi army forces, with coalition advisors, captured an al Qaeda in Iraqi terror cell leader Dec. 26 during operations in Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad. The terrorist is believed responsible for the June kidnapping two U.S. Army soldiers who were later found tortured and murdered.

-- Iraqi soldiers responded to a car-bomb detonation yesterday in northeastern Baghdad that killed 15 people and wounded 20 others. Iraqi soldiers transported the injured to a hospital for medical treatment.

-- U.S. Army soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, rescued two kidnapping victims yesterday who were being held captive by insurgents in Hit, Iraq.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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