Iraqi, Coalition Forces Capture Suspected Terrorists
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2008 Iraqi and coalition forces throughout Iraq have killed and captured several terrorists over the past several days.
In operations around Iraq today:
-- North of Tarmiyah, coalition forces detained two suspected terrorists, including an alleged al Qaeda leader. That suspect is reportedly directly associated with al Qaeda’s northern belt senior leader, and he obtains funds by selling vehicles. The network is responsible for the majority of bombings in the area and is involved in extortion, intimidation, weapons trafficking and facilitating foreign terrorists.
-- One suspected terrorist was killed and two detained during an operation southwest of Mahmudiyah when coalition forces targeted an alleged associate of the southern belt al Qaeda network believed to be involved in rigging bombs in homes.
-- Coalition forces captured two individuals in northeastern Mosul believed to be relatives of a senior al Qaeda leader and involved in terrorist activity in the region. Three other suspected terrorists were detained during the operation.
-- Coalition forces targeting Iranian-backed “special-groups” criminal networks involved in attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces detained a suspected special-groups member in Baghdad.
In operations in Iraq on Feb. 25:
-- Soldiers of Company E, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, attached to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, questioned a "person of interest" in the murders of a “Sons of Iraq” security volunteer leader and his son, which had been reported a day earlier. The bodies were found in the Sons of Iraq headquarters building in the Mechanix neighborhood of Rashid district.
-- In Balad, Iraqi special operations forces detained a suspected terrorist believed to be responsible for improvised-explosive-device attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces, as well as weapons trafficking in the region.
-- In Kubaysah, an Iraqi special weapons and tactics team detained three suspected terrorists in an operation to halt an insurgent cell believed to be responsible for attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces.
Earlier, soldiers from 2nd Iraqi Army Division detained five suspected members of a terrorist cell in Hawad, south of Mosul, Feb. 24. The suspects are believed to be responsible for bomb attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces and, according to intelligence reports, allegedly are involved in a campaign to intimidate Iraqi citizens.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)