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Iraqi Forces Take Lead on Missions

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2009 – Iraq security forces are increasingly taking the lead on missions targeting roadside bombers and extremist networks, officials said.

On their first mission since becoming a nationalized force, the 6th Battalion, Emergency Readiness Brigade, alongside coalition forces advisors, arrested three suspects wanted for planting roadside bombs. The battalion nabbed the suspects in Baqubah on June 14.

In Baghdad, the Hillah special weapons and tactics team, with coalition forces, arrested three suspects June 14 in an early morning raid.

The suspects are believed to be linked to a violent extremist network operating in Baghdad.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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