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Two suspected terrorists killed, two detained

- Two suspected terrorists were killed and two were detained in separate incidents in Salah Ad Din Province March 20.

In both incidents, Task Force Liberty Soldiers attempted to stop and question Iraqis digging holes along the side of the road. The men attempted to flee the scene and ignored orders to stop. One of the detainees was wounded.

Coalition Soldiers conduct patrols to search for anyone digging holes along roadsides, which is the first step in the emplacement of improvised-explosive devices. Those caught digging will be detained and questioned for links to IED makers or financiers.

"Those who seek violence must understand they will only find violent ends," said Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, 42nd Infantry Division and Task Force Liberty commander. "These individuals who emplace IEDs have an opportunity to choose between being a part of the solution or a part of the problem for the new Iraq.

"There is no gain for themselves or the good people of Iraq in their actions. The sooner these individuals turn away from the insurgency as a lost cause and rejoin their communities, the sooner all Iraqis can move forward together toward peace and prosperity."

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