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Troops Detain 14 Suspects in Iraq; Car Bomb Kills 17, Injures 26

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2007 – Coalition forces captured 14 suspected terrorists during operations across Iraq today, and terrorists killed 17 Iraqis and wounded 26 in a car bomb yesterday.

In raids around Iraq today, coalition forces northwest of Bayji detained five suspected terrorists with ties to foreign-fighter facilitation. Coalition forces in Tarmiyah captured seven suspects with alleged ties to al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq terrorist group.

Elsewhere today, coalition forces northwest of Karmah nabbed two suspected terrorists with links to a car-bomb cell allegedly responsible for planning attacks against Iraqi police and coalition forces, military officials said.

"Coalition forces continue systematic operations to hunt down terrorists no matter where they may hide," said Army Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman.

In other news from Iraq, 17 Iraqis died yesterday and 26 were wounded when a car bomb detonated near Mahmudiyah. The incident occurred on a main Iraqi highway near the Mahmudiyah health clinic and a local Mosque.

Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and with 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, responded to the blast. The combined forces brought 17 of the wounded civilians to Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah for medical care and evacuated eight victims to the 28th Combat Support Hospital via helicopter for further treatment.

Task Force 2-15 cordoned off the area around the site of the attack and diverted traffic. The incident is under investigation, U.S. officials said.

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

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