Troops Detain Two Suspected Terrorists in Mosul Area
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2008 Coalition forces detained two suspected terrorists during operations today, further dismantling al-Qaida in Iraq's network in and around Mosul, military officials reported.
South of Mosul, coalition forces captured a wanted man believed to facilitate the movement of foreign terrorists into the area. Reports also suggest that he has connections with local al-Qaida leaders.
Forces operating in Mosul targeted a wanted man believed to have multiple links with local al-Qaida operatives. One suspect was detained during the operation.
In operations yesterday:
-- Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers arrested a suspected Iranian-bakd illegal militia member and confiscated his weapons in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district. While conducting a raid in the Hadar community, soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division’s Troop B, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, detained the man. He is believed to be responsible for emplacing roadside bombs and murdering innocent Iraqis, officials said. The patrol confiscated an AK-47 assault rifle, a pistol and various bomb-making materials during the arrest.
-- Iraqi National Police detained two suspects in Abu Gharma, between Baqouba and Muqdadiyah in Diyala province. The police were acting on an arrest warrant issued by the Diyala government and arrested two teachers alleged to have conducted criminal activity. In a separate matter in the area, Iraqi National Police and coalition forces officials said they have no operational reporting that supports reports that 15 members of the “Sons of Iraq” citizen security group were detained during operations east of Baqouba.
-- Soldiers with 101st Airborne Division’s Company A, 4th Battalion, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, seized a machine gun, eight AK-47s, a rocket-propelled grenade, an 81 mm mortar tube and eight grenades with fuses and detonation cord in Baghdad’s Mansour area.
-- In the Karb De Gla community in the Rashid district, Iraqi soldiers found a 152 mm artillery round and a 120 mm mortar round. The soldiers secured the munitions at their brigade headquarters while an explosive ordnance disposal unit responded to properly dispose of the rounds.
-- A tip from a concerned citizen led soldiers serving with the 4th Infantry Division’s Task Force 95th Military Police, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, to a bucket filled with grenades on the roof of an abandoned house in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district. The soldiers seized six grenades and 15 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition.
-- Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, attached to the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, found a 60 mm Chinese mortar round sticking out of the ground in the Saha neighborhood in the Rashid district. An EOD team arrived to properly dispose of it.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)