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Forces Capture 39 Suspected Terrorists in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2007 – Coalition forces captured 39 suspected terrorists during operations over the past two days throughout Iraq, officials report.

During an operation in Southwest Baghdad, coalition forces captured a suspected vehicle-bomb cell leader and supplier of roadside bomb components. Officials said the suspect is believed to have been recently involved in attacks against coalition forces.

Forces discovered a weapons cache while searching the suspect's vehicle. The vehicle and weapons caches were destroyed on site to prevent further use by terrorists.

Elsewhere in Iraq today, six suspects were captured with alleged ties to al Qaeda in Iraq and the facilitation of foreign fighters. Another seven were captured, including a suspected weapons dealer reportedly involved in the sale and purchase of sniper rifles, automatic weapons, ammunition and bomb casings.

In operations yesterday, forces raided two known foreign fighter safe houses and captured four suspects with ties to foreign fighter facilitation and the movement of weapons into Iraq during operations north of Mosul.

Coalition forces also detained three more suspected foreign fighter facilitators in Habbaniyah, while two suspected terrorists with alleged ties to al Qaeda were captured southwest of Karmah.

"Foreign fighters and the facilitators that bring them in are a detriment to the stability of a peaceful Iraq," Army Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a spokesperson for Multinational Force Iraq, said. "Coalition forces will continue to target them and the networks that illegally bring them in to Iraq."

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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