WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 — Iraqi security forces arrested two al-Qaida in Iraq members and four suspected criminal associates in combined operations with U.S. advisors in Iraq today, military officials reported.
Iraqi forces arrested a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member and a criminal associate northwest of Baghdad. The al-Qaida in Iraq member is believed to have ties to the terror organization’s senior leadership, officials said.
In Mosul, Iraqi forces and U.S. advisors searched a building for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member allegedly linked to acquiring vehicles and weapons used to carry out assassinations in the northern-Iraqi city. Officials believe he also has close ties to the organization’s senior leadership. Information and evidence gathered at the scene led Iraqi forces to identify and arrest a suspected criminal associate of the wanted man.
In western Baghdad, Iraqi forces and U.S. advisors searched two buildings for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member who allegedly is responsible for vehicle-borne bombing attacks against Iraqi civilians, Iraqi forces, the Iraqi government and coalition forces.
Information and evidence gathered at the scene led Iraqi forces to identify and arrest the wanted man and two suspected criminal associates.
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