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New Tip Nets 2 More Suspects in Governor Assassination

Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq
-- Elements of 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division "Commandos," conducted a search of the Al Khashab mosque in western Baghdad on Jan. 12 aimed at capturing insurgents believed responsible for assassinating the governor of Baghdad.

Soldiers detained two suspects in the search and confiscated anti-Iraqi government and anti-Multi-National Forces propaganda.

Multi-National Forces took appropriate measures to ensure all cultural and religious sensitivities were maintained.

"Our Soldiers are trained to observe the religious sensitivities," said Lt Col. Michael Infanti, deputy brigade commander. "We respect the sanctity of the mosques, even though the insurgents don't. When possible we only allow Iraqi Soldiers to enter the mosques. We do not damage the sites and attempt to leave the mosques in the same condition as when we entered."

The search was planned based on intelligence gathered from numerous citizens in the Hurriyah neighborhood of Baghdad. Residents witnessed insurgents leaving from the mosque then fleeing to the mosque after the brutal assassination.

The mosque has been widely known to elicit anti-Iraqi government propaganda and rhetoric. Multiple Iraqi civilians have also reported weapons being delivered and stored within the mosque.

This search was conducted in conjunction with an operation earlier in the week that netted six suspects involved in the assassination.

The suspects are being held for questioning.

Release #050113h



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