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3 terrorists killed, 44 suspects detained in Coalition operations

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Friday, 20 July 2007
MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
PRESS DESK
BAGHDAD, Iraq
http://www.mnf-iraq.com
703.343.8790

July 20, 2007
Release A070720b

3 terrorists killed, 44 suspects detained in Coalition operations

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed three terrorists and detained 44 suspected terrorists during operations around Iraq Friday targeting terrorist leaders and their operational cells.

Coalition Forces conducted a broad operation south of Baghdad, raiding 10 buildings in search of a terrorist who is reportedly a Shari’a judge and cell leader for al-Qaeda in Iraq. As the ground force approached the first target, a Coalition security team saw two armed men taking up tactical positions against the force. Coalition Forces, reacting appropriately to the hostile threat, engaged the two armed men, killing them.

As Coalition Forces secured the series of buildings, they detained 16 suspected terrorists who are believed to have ties to the targeted individual.

Coalition Forces raided five buildings in the city during a raid targeting an al-Qaeda in Iraq cell leader there. As the ground force cleared the buildings, one man armed with an automatic weapon attempted to maneuver into a position to assault the force. Coalition Forces, reacting appropriately to the hostile threat, engaged the man, killing him.

The ground force detained 10 suspected terrorists on the scene for their alleged involvement with the al-Qaeda in Iraq cell.

Also in Baghdad, Coalition Forces targeted and captured two suspected terrorists allegedly involved in terrorist media operations. Intelligence reports indicate the two individuals work with media cells in Baghdad and Baqubah. Two additional suspects were detained during the raid.

Coalition Forces captured a suspected bombing cell member in Baghdad. The individual is allegedly part of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device network operating in the capital city.

Coalition Forces captured an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq financial emir and four of his associates during a raid east of Ramadi. Intelligence reports indicate the targeted individual is also a close associate of an al-Qaeda in Iraq emir and recently returned from Syria, where he allegedly facilitated the supply of weapons to terrorists in Iraq.

In Mosul, Coalition Forces detained eight suspected terrorists during three coordinated raids targeting the al-Qaeda emir of Mosul, who is also believed to be the al-Qaeda in Iraq deputy emir of northern Iraq.

“Our forces continue to strike terrorists wherever they hide,” said Maj. Marc Young, an MNF-I spokesperson. “We’re seeking to eliminate the terrorists who conduct indiscriminate attacks against innocent Iraqi civilians.”

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