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Coalition Captures Weapons, Foreign Terrorist Facilitators

American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Dec. 5, 2007 – Coalition forces detained 10 suspected terrorists during operations today to disrupt al Qaeda operations in central and northern Iraq, military officials reported.

In Baghdad, coalition forces captured a wanted individual believed to be involved in terrorist media and propaganda operations. The wanted individual allegedly is associated with foreign-terrorist-facilitation networks operating in the region and weapons facilitators detained by coalition forces during operations Nov. 17 and 18. The ground force discovered a large amount of terrorist propaganda materials on site.

Further north, coalition forces captured another wanted individual believed to be involved in weapons facilitation and car-bomb attacks in Tikrit. Reports indicate the suspect is associated with other al Qaeda in Iraq weapons facilitators operating in the southern belt terrorist network.

During an operation in Hadid, the ground force detained a wanted individual involved in al Qaeda in Iraq media and propaganda operations. The suspect allegedly is associated with several al Qaeda in Iraq members recently detained or killed by coalition forces, including the terrorist media cell leader for Diyala province who was killed during an operation yesterday.

In other operations in Samarra and Mosul, coalition forces detained seven suspected terrorists while targeting al Qaeda in Iraq associates involved in improvised-explosive-device attacks and foreign terrorist facilitation.

“Our operations are steadily chipping away at the al Qaeda in Iraq networks,” said Army Maj. Winfield Danielson, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman. “We will continue to pressure these terrorists who conduct brutal attacks on the Iraqi people until al Qaeda cannot recover.”

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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