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August 8, 2005
Release A050808a

Coalition and Iraqi security forces combined operations disrupt terrorists

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Multi-National Corps - Iraq operations continue to place pressure on terrorist operations in Iraq with Coalition and Iraqi security forces conducting more than 182 combined and independent offensive operations throughout the country since late July.

Results from operations conducted between July 30 and Aug. 5 include the discovery and clearance of 109 improvised explosive devices and 32 caches; the capture of 805 anti-Iraqi forces with the subsequent detention of 493; and 11 foreign fighters who were either captured or killed.

“These are great successes for the Coalition and Iraqi security forces. The terrorists' command and control will continue to deteriorate, as the Coalition forces continue to pressure terrorists and disrupt their operations network,” said Col. Jessie Farrington, MNC-I chief of operations.

Highlights from Aug. 6 and 7:

In Mosul , Coalition forces detained two individuals for handing out terrorist propaganda. The two individuals revealed the location of their source and during a resulting raid; Iraqi Police killed one terrorist later confirmed to be a Syrian national. In a combined raid, Coalition and Iraqi security forces captured three men connected to terror leader Abbass Fadhel Zangana.

Near Hit, Iraqi intervention forces and Marines captured three terrorists in a truck towing another vehicle modified as a car bomb.

In Haqlaniyah, Coalition forces destroyed a booby-trapped house that contained improvised explosive devices.

In Baghdad , Coalition forces captured a car bomb and four terrorists who were involved in a car bomb cell. Ten members of a terrorist cell in Sadr City were captured by Iraqi forces.





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