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Family Members of Key Suspect Detained in Iraq Military Operations

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2003 – Military operations in northern Iraq Nov. 25 by U.S. forces led to the arrest of the wife and daughter of the Ibrahimal-Duri, a senior Saddam official who is believed to be the mastermind behind attacks on U.S. forces, according to CENTCOM officials today.

Ibrahimal-Duri is No. 6 and the king of clubs on the "Most Wanted" playing-card deck. His family members were arrested when 4th Infantry Division soldiers raided a building in Samarra and detained three people, including the wife and daughter. The doctor's son of Ibrahimal-Duri was also detained. CENTCOM reported no indication that Ibrahimal- Duri was in the vicinity.

Meanwhile, soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 16th Mechanized Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, captured former Saddam bodyguard Brig. Gen. Khalid Arak Hatimy among four men taken into custody after a house search north of Ramadi.

CENTCOM officials also reported another failed attack on U.S. forces Nov. 25. Attackers using mortars fired upon Task Force Ironhorse soldiers guarding a forward operating base. The mortar landed instead near a residential area, the release stated. In response, soldiers fired artillery rounds.

A military quick-reaction force that overtook the attackers discovered two casualties. One person was found unresponsive, the other wounded. The injured person was treated at the scene and evacuated to the Balad hospital. The injured person's condition is unknown, according to a CENTCOM release.

The quick-reaction force captured 24 men near the attack's location and seized two AK- 47 assault rifles, 15 AK-47 magazines, 450 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, one ammunition bandolier, and an aiming stake used to target mortars.

During "heavy-presence" patrols and at traffic-control points in Mosul Nov. 25, according to a command release, soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team seized 15 AK-47s, two pistols and 23 AK-47 magazines. The team also detained nine people.

In the brigade team's other operations, three people were detained -- two for weapons violations -- and one individual was arrested for allegedly planning attacks against coalition forces, the release said.

Members of the division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team also searched the home of a person suspected of subversive acts against coalition forces. One individual was detained for questioning; another was detained for weapons trading.

Meanwhile, the division's the 1st Brigade Combat Team detained four suspects and confiscated four AK-47 assault rifles. The search also netted two rocket-propelled grenade sights and various components to create car bombs during a cordon-and-search operation.

In Ramadi, CENTCOM officials reported that the 82nd Airborne Division continued Operation Rifle Blitz -- an effort to bring peace to Iraq and assist in reconstruction efforts in the Anbar region. During a 24-hour period, the 82nd and subordinate units conducted seven offensive operations, including three raids and four cordon and searches, and 178 patrols, including eight joint patrols with the Iraqi Border Guard and Iraqi police.

One military operation led to the capture of 15 enemy personnel and seizure of various small-arms weapons. In another, one enemy was killed, one wounded, and 24 captured, CENTCOM reported.

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