WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2010 — Iraqi forces arrested 10 people believed to have ties to terrorists in three operations today, military officials reported.
In Baghdad, Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested a suspected Promised Day Brigade leader and two suspected criminal associates.
The Promised Day Brigade leader allegedly is directly responsible for operations, finances and weapons procurement for members of the group operating in Diyala. The Promised Day Brigade is the successor organization to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s militia, and is believed to have Iranian backing.
Meanwhile, Iraqi forces arrested seven suspected al-Qaida in Iraq criminal associates during two separate operations near Taji.
In one operation, Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested six suspected criminal associates while searching for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq financier believed to be responsible for planting roadside bombs targeting Iraqi and coalition forces.
In the other operation, Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested a suspected criminal associate while searching for a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader allegedly involved in building vehicle-borne bombs for terrorist operatives.
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