Iraqi Forces Arrest 2 Al-Qaida Suspects

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2010 — Iraqi secu­ri­ty forces today arrest­ed two sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq crim­i­nal asso­ciates dur­ing joint secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions con­duct­ed in east Mosul, Iraq.

Iraqi forces and U.S. advi­sors searched sev­er­al build­ings for a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq leader alleged­ly respon­si­ble for extort­ing mon­ey from oil-relat­ed con­trac­tors and oil trans­porta­tion work­ers in order to fund ter­ror­ist oper­a­tions against Iraq’s secu­ri­ty forces and the Iraqi pub­lic.

Infor­ma­tion and evi­dence at the scene led Iraqi forces and U.S. advi­sors to iden­ti­fy and arrest two sus­pect­ed crim­i­nal asso­ciates. All such joint oper­a­tions are pur­suant to a war­rant issued by an Iraqi judge.

Iraqi and U.S. advi­sors con­duct joint oper­a­tions in accor­dance with the secu­ri­ty agree­ment and in coor­di­na­tion with the Iraqi gov­ern­ment to tar­get ter­ror­ists seek­ing to dis­rupt the secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty of Iraq.

In oth­er Iraq news:

— Iraqi secu­ri­ty forces killed a sus­pect­ed Jaysh al Mah­di mem­ber and arrest­ed a crim­i­nal asso­ciate dur­ing an Aug. 29 joint secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion in south­west Bagh­dad. In Baghdad’s Rashid dis­trict, Iraqi forces and U.S. advi­sors searched a build­ing for a sus­pect­ed JAM mem­ber, who alleged­ly has close ties to the ter­ror organization’s senior lead­er­ship and is respon­si­ble for acquir­ing funds for the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion. Dur­ing the oper­a­tion, the sus­pect­ed JAM mem­ber fired a pis­tol at the Iraqi forces, who returned fire, killing him. Infor­ma­tion and evi­dence gath­ered at the scene led Iraqi forces to iden­ti­fy and arrest a crim­i­nal asso­ciate of the war­rant­ed indi­vid­ual. All joint oper­a­tions are pur­suant to a war­rant issued by an Iraqi judge. Iraqi forces and U.S. advi­sors con­duct joint oper­a­tions in accor­dance with the secu­ri­ty agree­ment and in coor­di­na­tion with the Iraqi gov­ern­ment to tar­get ter­ror­ists seek­ing to dis­rupt the secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty of Iraq.

In Aug. 28 oper­a­tions:

— Iraqi secu­ri­ty forces arrest­ed two sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq crim­i­nal asso­ciates dur­ing a joint secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion con­duct­ed south of Bagh­dad. Iraqi forces and U.S. advi­sors searched a build­ing for a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber who alleged­ly belongs to a vehi­cle-borne impro­vised explo­sive device ter­ror­ist cell. Infor­ma­tion and evi­dence gath­ered at the scene led Iraqi forces to iden­ti­fy and arrest two sus­pect­ed AQI crim­i­nal asso­ciates.

— Iraqi secu­ri­ty forces arrest­ed two sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq crim­i­nal asso­ciates dur­ing a joint secu­ri­ty oper­a­tion con­duct­ed near Kirkuk. Infor­ma­tion and evi­dence gath­ered at the scene led Iraqi forces to iden­ti­fy and arrest two sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq crim­i­nal asso­ciates.

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

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