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Two Terrorists Killed, 21 Detained in Iraq Raids Today

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2007 – Two terrorists were killed and 21 suspects detained in raids targeting al Qaeda throughout Iraq today.

During early morning raids in Mosul, coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained five suspected al Qaeda cell members.

In western Baghdad, coalition forces raided a building, killing one terrorist and detaining another suspected of involvement in a deadly bombing network.

Six individuals suspected of associating with an al Qaeda in Iraq cell leader known to conduct kidnappings, assassinations and mortar attacks on coalition forces were detained in a Baghdad raid.

A raid west of the capital city netted a suspected terrorist believed to be a key logistics link and conduit in the al Qaeda in Iraq network.

Coalition forces raided a series of buildings in Samarra and detained four suspected terrorists there for their association with an al Qaeda leader known for bringing foreign terrorists into Iraq.

During coordinated raids west of Taji, coalition forces detained an associate of al Qaeda in Iraq leaders and two others for their suspected involvement with al Qaeda in Iraq.

Coalition forces detained one suspected terrorist before dawn in southwestern Baghdad. He is believed to be affiliated with the Jaysh al Mahdi-affiliated “special groups,” which are active in Baghdad and thought to be responsible for attacks on Iraqi civilians and coalition forces.

In other Iraq operations, 20 terrorists were killed and 20 detained during Operation Saber Guardian, launched yesterday. The joint operation teamed Iraqi army and coalition forces, along with local citizens, to target al Qaeda leaders near the town of Sherween.

The forces also cleared a local mosque suspected of being a terrorist haven and recovered mortar tubes, a mortar cache, small-arms munitions, a sniper rifle, and machine guns. Another weapons cache included small-arms munitions and bomb-making materials.

In other operations yesterday, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers found a weapons cache in the western portion of the Rashid district and detained 14 suspected insurgents during operations.

The weapons cache stored 10 60 mm mortars, five 120 mm mortars, two rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, an RPG round and a 60 mm mortar tube.

In other news from Iraq, troops captured southern Baghdad's most wanted terrorist July 9.

A local man called soldiers with Troop C, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), claiming to have the 2nd BCT's top high-value target. The man later delivered the suspect as agreed. The suspect allegedly is responsible for shooting down an AH-64 Apache helicopter in April 2006, abducting two soldiers in June 2006, and attacking coalition forces and Iraqi civilians.

Another tipster alerted the same troops to a weapons cache south of the village of Dhour, south of Baghdad. During the recovery of the weapons cache, six suspects were detained.

In other Iraq operations:

-- Eight insurgents were killed during a targeted raid in eastern Baghdad July 9. Troops from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, attached to 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, killed eight members of a criminal militia believed to be responsible for roadside bombings and indirect fire attacks.

-- Multinational Division Baghdad troops discovered three weapons caches in the western part of Rashid district yesterday. The caches included three 107 mm rockets, two rockets larger than 107 mm, a 130 mm rocket, two rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, two RPG rounds, a 60 mm mortar tube, five 120 mm mortars and three cases of U.S.-made .50 caliber ammunition.

-- On July 9, Iraqi security forces detained four suspects allegedly responsible for running an extortion network and two individuals suspected of planning attacks against coalition forces.

-- Near Rawah, Iraqi police detained four suspects allegedly engaged in extorting protection money from local contractors and using the funds to finance al Qaeda in Iraq activities.

-- Near Hit, two suspected insurgents were detained after Iraqi police received information tying them to recently seized weapons caches. They are believed to be part of an insurgent group responsible for a series of IED and small-arms-fire attacks against coalition forces.

-- In operations in Samarra on July 9, Iraqi police forces detained a suspect thought to be responsible for running a mortar and sniper network there. Forces seized a large amount of ammunition, four sniper rifles and parts, various mortar rounds, and material for making IEDs.

-- Soldiers from 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, discovered an IED-making facility July 8 during operations in the Sinaa neighborhood. The cache consisted of 400 pounds of ammonium nitrate, fragmentation material, cement and molds for shaping, and numerous batteries and other IED components. A curb-shaped IED, ready for emplacement, was found.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Multinational Corps Iraq, and Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Arabian Peninsula news releases.)

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