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Iraqi Forces Arrest 20 Terrorism Suspects

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2010 – Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, in recent days arrested 20 people suspected of terrorist activities in Iraq, military officials reported.

Iraqi soldiers today arrested a suspected terrorist during a combined security operation in northeastern Baghdad targeting a suspected member of a Kataib Hezbollah terrorist network cell.

Iraqi soldiers and U.S. advisors acted upon a court-issued warrant to search two buildings for a suspected Kataib Hezbollah member wanted for rocket and mortar attacks in the capital city. Evidence discovered at the scene led the soldiers to arrest a suspected criminal associate of the warranted man.

Yesterday, Iraqi police arrested three suspected terrorists during a combined security operation targeting a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq bomb-cell member about 15 miles south of Mosul.

Acting on a court-issued warrant, the police and U.S. advisors searched several buildings for the suspected terrorist, who’s wanted for staging deadly vehicle-borne bomb attacks against security forces in Mosul.

After questioning people and assessing evidence at the scene, the police arrested three suspected criminal associates of the warranted al-Qaida in Iraq member.

On Jan. 10, Iraqi forces arrested 11 suspected terrorists during three combined operations in Baghdad and northern Iraq to arrest several suspected members of al-Qaida in Iraq.

In southeastern Baghdad, Iraqi forces and U.S. advisors searched a home for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member who works directly for the leadership of the terrorist group and maintains a network of safe houses for other terrorists in the area.

Based on preliminary questioning and other evidence collected at the scene, Iraqi forces identified and arrested the targeted man, as well as six suspected criminal associates, without incident.

During a separate security operation in Beiji, southwest of Kirkuk, an Iraqi emergency response unit and U.S. advisors searched a building for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member who coordinates suicide-vest attacks in the region. The unit arrested four suspected criminal associates of the suspected terrorist without incident.

(Compiled from U.S. Forces Iraq news releases.)

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