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16 suspected car-bomb cell members captured during Operation Nijmegen III

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Wednesday, 05 September 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070905-05
September 5, 2007

16 suspected car-bomb cell members captured during Operation Nijmegen III
Multi-National Division – Center PAO

KALSU, Iraq – A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device cell, with suspected links to al-Qaeda, believed to be responsible for attacks against citizens and security forces of North Babil, was the target of an early morning air assault and raid north of Diyarah Aug. 23.

Paratroopers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 509th Airborne, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, captured 16 Sunni militants, believed to be members of al-Qaeda in Iraq during Operation Nijmegen III. “Nijmegen was a series of operations targeting a known suicide car bombing cell,” said 1st Sgt Karl Zaglauer, a native of Missoula, Mont. “This cell is most famous in our area for the checkpoint 20 bombing that destroyed a bridge.”

Operation Nijmegen III had a special significance to the Paratroopers of Company C.

“Two days ago, my platoon was hit with a VBIED,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Chaney, from Columbus, Ga. “That incident has possible links to the guys we just captured.”

In addition to the extremists, the Paratroopers also captured propaganda and books on electronics and chemistry.

The cell members are being held for further questioning.

The propaganda and other materials were confiscated for use in the investigation.

“There are still terrorists here,” Chaney said. “But, we are making it very hard for them to continue staging attacks.”

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