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Coalition Forces Locate, Kill Two Al Qaeda Terrorists

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2006 Coalition forces in Iraq, acting on intelligence reports, located and killed two al Qaeda associates on May 17, U.S. military officials in Baghdad reported today.

The al Qaeda associates were involved in targeting Iraqis, and Iraqi Security and coalition forces. Officials did not indicate where the terrorists were killed.

One terrorist, Abu Ahad, managed foreign fighter facilitation, and also provided some command and control between several terrorist cells operating throughout the vicinities of Fallujah, Baghdad, Yusifiyah, Taji and Mahmudiyah.

The name of the other al Qaeda member killed in the raid is unknown, but intelligence officials confirmed his involvement in coordinating terrorist operations, as well as his association with Ahad.

Coalition forces conducted several follow-on operations based on the same intelligence that led to Ahad.

No civilians were injured during this operation.

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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