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Coalition Forces Capture 38 Suspects During Raids in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2007 – In operations around Iraq over the past three days, coalition forces captured 38 suspects.

During a raid near the Syrian border today, coalition forces targeted terrorists suspected of facilitating the movement of foreign fighters, weapons and vehicles into Iraq. Troops captured two suspected senior-level foreign fighter facilitators, and 20 other suspected terrorists.

Elsewhere in Iraq today, coalition forces in Tikrit netted four terrorists suspected of developing and emplacing improvised explosive devices in the Tikrit and Bayji areas.

Near Arab Jabour today, coalition forces detained five suspected terrorists during operations to destroy a vehicle-borne IED network. Troops also detained five suspected terrorists while targeting a foreign fighter cell south of Fallujah.

Iraqi security forces today, with coalition advisors, conducted operations in Karbala targeting rogue Jaysh Al Mahdi elements responsible for advanced IED attacks. One suspected militiaman was captured by Iraqi Forces, military officials said.

"Successful coalition operations continue to disrupt al Qaeda in Iraq operations, restrict the flow of foreign fighters and reduce the terrorist organization's manpower pool," said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, Multinational Force Iraq spokesperson.

Earlier this week, Iraqi security forces, with coalition advisors, captured the suspected leader of an insurgent cell during operations March 3 in Karabilah.

The suspect is believed responsible for trafficking weapons and IEDs used in attacks against Iraqi civilians and security forces in the area. He is also implicated in a recent IED and car bombing attack on the Karabilah Iraqi Police Station, military officials said.

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