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Basra Police Arrest Suspected Terrorist Commander

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2009 – Iraqi police from the Basra special weapons and tactics team, along with U.S. advisors, arrested a suspected terrorist commander yesterday in an Iraqi-led operation in southern Iraq, military officials reported.

The SWAT team was operating under the authority of a warrant issued by a Basra-based court.

The suspected terrorist commander of a Basra-based insurgent group is believed to be responsible for explosions and indirect-fire attacks in the area.

The man’s detainment may reduce the insurgent group’s ability to conduct attacks, Iraqi officials said.

(From a Multinational Corps Iraq news release.)

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