Coalition Forces Capture 17 in Operations Across Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2008 Coalition forces detained 17 suspects during operations yesterday and today targeting al Qaeda networks across Iraq, and military officials have released details of other recent operations.
In today’s operations:
-- In Baghdad, coalition forces captured a suspected terrorist believed to be an associate of a bomb attack cell in Karkh.
-- West of Muqdadiyah, forces caught four suspects and uncovered a weapons cache. The cache stored mortars, machine guns and grenades.
-- In Mosul and near Samarra, five suspects were caught in operations targeting an assassination cell leader and a foreign terrorist facilitator.
-- Coalition forces detained two suspects in the Suwayrah area, south of Baghdad. They caught the pair while looking for a suspect who reportedly received weapons training to use against coalition and Iraqi forces. He also reportedly was an associate of several senior-level criminal leaders.
In operations yesterday, forces in Kirkuk nabbed a suspect wanted for involvement in the murders of a U.S. citizen and members of a personnel security detail. The suspect also is believed to be involved in a Baghdad car-bomb network. Coalition forces detained three other suspects in the operation.
Also yesterday, Iraqi special operations forces, alongside U.S. Special Forces soldiers, caught a suspected terrorist cell leader during a raid in Mosul. The suspect is believed to be responsible for several bomb attacks, kidnapping and murder.
In other recent operations:
-- Iraqi security forces stopped a kidnapping attempt Jan. 13 in the Karada peninsula of Baghdad. The same day, forces found a car-bomb factory near Hamid Shaban. Four vehicles, explosives and other bomb-making materials were recovered.
-- Members of a concerned local citizens group from the Karkh district in the Iraqi capital turned over a large weapons cache Jan. 12. The cache held 21 mines, two anti-tank rockets, two 53 mm rockets with launchers, two 152 mm artillery rounds, fuses and three boxes of dynamite.
-- Forces arrested a man Jan. 11 suspected of being involved in a bombing at the Furat hospital in the West Rashid district that injured two.
-- Also Jan. 11, forces arrested two men after a car chase near Jisr Diyala. The two were suspected of emplacing bombs.
(Compiled from Multinational Force and Corps Iraq news releases.)