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54 terrorists netted in Al Qaim raid

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Multi-national forces initiated operations north of Al Qaim May 8 to capture or kill terrorists within the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi network. Multiple sources of intelligence indicate that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s key lieutenants, suicide bombers and a large population of foreign fighters are located in the region in and around Al Qaim.

In recent months, terrorists operating in the unstable region of Al Qaim attacked Iraqis and Coalition forces, established safe houses and facilitated the movement of foreign fighters, weapons and money from Syria into Iraq.

Simultaneous operations conducted early this morning against identified locations resulted in killing six and capturing 54 terrorists. Coalition forces also destroyed car bombs, bomb-making material and two buildings that contained large weapons caches to include hand- and rocket-propelled grenades.

Ghassan Amin, now detained, recently provided significant information regarding operations, logistics and the organization of the Zarqawi network in Baghdad and the Western corridor of Iraq. Intelligence sources also indicated terrorists from this area are known to conduct attacks in Baghdad and as far east as Fallujah.

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