Irak – Iraqi Forces Kill 1, Arrest 9 Terror Suspects

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2010 – Iraqi security forces arrested nine suspected terrorists in Iraq in recent days and killed a man identified as an al-Qaida in Iraq leader in the northern city of Mosul, military officials reported.

— Iraqi forces arrested three suspected al-Qaida in Iraq associates yesterday during a combined operation north of Baghdad. Iraqi forces searching for an al-Qaida in Iraq member suspected of supporting terror cells in Baghdad by building vehicle-borne bombs and having ties to other terrorist leaders identified and arrested the three suspected criminal associates of the wanted man.

— Iraqi forces on a combined patrol with U.S. forces in eastern Mosul on April 16 sought to apprehend a man believed to be involved in oil extortion. While moving in to arrest the man, they discovered he was armed and, sensing an immediate threat, they shot and killed him.

— In a separate operation April 16, a combined force arrested a suspected Jaysh al-Mahdi terrorist group leader and four suspected criminal associates north of Baghdad. The group is suspected of transporting weapons into the Qwaylis area and of conducting attacks on security forces.

— A combined security force arrested a man in Mosul believed to have close ties to high-level al-Qaida in Iraq members in another April 16 operation.

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