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Suspects, weapons captured in Babil

Baghdad, Iraq
-- Iraqi police officers in Babil Province completed sweeps and captured suspected terrorists, machine guns and mortar rounds in recent days.

Officers captured 32 suspected insurgents, 80 AK-47 machine guns, 60 mortar rounds and other small weapons during continuous operations.

The police force in Babil is one of the more effective forces in Iraq and is led by General Qais (full name withheld for security reasons). As the provincial police chief, General Qais is responsible for the Iraqi regular and specialized police forces in Babil, including the volatile North Babil area.

He is in charge of several thousand police officers spread over seven districts, more than 30 substations, hundreds of specialized police officers and the training of 600 Ministry of Defense forces to backfill regular Army units fighting in Fallujah.


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