Iraqi Forces Kill 2, Arrest 22 With Suspected Terror Ties

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2010 — Iraqi secu­ri­ty forces killed two ene­my fight­ers and arrest­ed 22 sus­pects believed to have ter­ror­ism ties in recent oper­a­tions in Iraq, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

In Bei­ji today, Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors arrest­ed a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber who alleged­ly is respon­si­ble for plan­ning and exe­cut­ing vehi­cle-borne bomb attacks against coali­tion forces. Two sus­pect­ed crim­i­nal asso­ciates of the al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber also were arrest­ed.

In a sep­a­rate oper­a­tion today, Iraqi forces arrest­ed two sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq crim­i­nal asso­ciates in east­ern Rashid. The arrests were made as Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors were search­ing for a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber who alleged­ly is involved in vehi­cle-borne bomb­ing attacks.

Yes­ter­day in east­ern Mosul, Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors searched a build­ing for a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber who alleged­ly has close ties to the ter­ror organization’s senior lead­er­ship. As the secu­ri­ty force moved toward the tar­get­ed build­ing, a man on the roof fired at the secu­ri­ty force, and Iraqi forces returned fire, killing him, along with an asso­ciate who tried to harm the secu­ri­ty force. Three sus­pect­ed crim­i­nal asso­ciates of the want­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber were arrest­ed.

In Bagh­dad and Fal­lu­jah yes­ter­day, Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors searched for a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq leader linked to a num­ber of high-pro­file attacks. Based on infor­ma­tion and evi­dence gath­ered at the scenes of sep­a­rate oper­a­tions, Iraqi forces iden­ti­fied and arrest­ed 13 sus­pect­ed crim­i­nal asso­ciates of the want­ed man.

Near Bal­ad on Aug. 21, Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors searched sev­er­al build­ings for a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq leader alleged­ly respon­si­ble for attacks against ISF and coali­tion forces. Infor­ma­tion and evi­dence gath­ered at the scene, includ­ing a large amount of explo­sives det­o­nat­ed by the secu­ri­ty force on site, led Iraqi forces to iden­ti­fy and arrest a sus­pect­ed crim­i­nal asso­ciate of the want­ed man.

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

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