Irak — Iraqis Arrest Suspected Terrorist, Criminal Associate

BAGHDAD, June 18, 2010 — Iraqi secu­ri­ty forces arrest­ed a want­ed mem­ber of the al-Qai­da in Iraq ter­ror­ist group and a sus­pect­ed crim­i­nal asso­ciate of the group dur­ing sep­a­rate com­bined oper­a­tions con­duct­ed with U.S. advi­sors in north­ern Iraq today, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

South­east of Kirkuk, Iraqi forces and U.S. advi­sors arrest­ed a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber believed to be respon­si­ble for the organization’s secu­ri­ty.

In Tikrit, Iraqi forces and U.S. advi­sors search­ing for a want­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber believed to be respon­si­ble for vehi­cle-borne bomb­ing attacks arrest­ed a sus­pect­ed crim­i­nal asso­ciate of the want­ed man.

Iraqi and U.S. forces con­duct com­bined oper­a­tions in accor­dance with the secu­ri­ty agree­ment between the two coun­tries and in coor­di­na­tion with the Iraqi gov­ern­ment to tar­get ter­ror­ists seek­ing to dis­rupt Iraq’s secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty, offi­cials said.

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)