Iraq — Iraqi Forces Kill Suspected Terrorist, Arrest 34 Other

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2010 — Iraqi secu­ri­ty forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors killed a sus­pect­ed ter­ror­ist and arrest­ed 34 oth­ers in recent oper­a­tions in Iraq, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors arrest­ed 18 sus­pect­ed crim­i­nal asso­ciates — includ­ing one who was wound­ed — while search­ing near Taji today for an al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber who alleged­ly has close ties to the network’s senior leadership. 

Dur­ing the oper­a­tion, one sus­pect refused to leave the build­ing in which he was hid­ing and opened fire. The secu­ri­ty force returned fire and, after enter­ing and clear­ing the build­ing, dis­cov­ered the sus­pect had been wound­ed dur­ing the exchange of gun­fire. He was report­ed to be in sta­ble con­di­tion at a near­by mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal under­go­ing surgery for his wounds. 

In east­ern Mosul today, Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors arrest­ed a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber believed to have close ties to the ter­ror­ist group’s lead­er­ship, along with two alleged crim­i­nal associates. 

Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors arrest­ed four sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq crim­i­nal asso­ciates dur­ing two joint secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions con­duct­ed Aug. 7 in east­ern Mosul. The com­bined forces were search­ing for a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq leader alleged­ly respon­si­ble for extort­ing mon­ey from oil-relat­ed con­trac­tors and oil trans­porta­tion work­ers to finance ter­ror­ist operations. 

Also on Aug. 7, Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors killed a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq crim­i­nal asso­ciate who pulled a pis­tol on them and arrest­ed five oth­ers dur­ing two oper­a­tions near Mosul. They were search­ing for a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq leader alleged­ly respon­si­ble for extort­ing mon­ey from oil-relat­ed con­trac­tors and oil trans­porta­tion work­ers to finance ter­ror­ist operations. 

In north­ern Iraq, Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors arrest­ed four sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq crim­i­nal asso­ciates Aug. 7 near Shar­qat while search­ing for a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber who alleged­ly has close ties to the organization’s senior leadership. 

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

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