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Task Force Baghdad raids snare 38 terror suspects

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Task Force Baghdad Soldiers stormed through terror networks here, netting 33 suspected terrorists, including two high value targets in a series of early morning raids May 7.

One of the men captured was a high ranking military officer in the former regime, who is believed to have planned and participated in numerous terrorist activities against Iraqi civilians and Multi-National Forces.

The largest strike of the day occurred at 2:30 a.m. when U.S. Soldiers captured 29 suspected terrorists during a series of cordon and searches operations in south Baghdad.

“We are collecting better information on these terrorists. They will either be killed or captured,” said Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad spokesperson. “One reason our intelligence is better than ever is due to the Iraqi Security Forces working hand in hand with us on the front lines.”

At approximately 8:45 a.m. Task Force Baghdad Soldiers detained five more suspected terrorists. One of the detainees is thought to be the leader of a terror cell in southwest Baghdad. The Soldiers also found 1,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition in a burlap bag covered with mud.

In other combat operations, U.S. Soldiers on patrol in east Baghdad found another weapons cache containing two mortar rounds and 10 rocket propelled grenades.

For additional information concerning this release, contact 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs.

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