October 20th, 2006 02:44 EST
Terrorist suspects apprehended after Habbaniyah attack
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces apprehended seven suspected terrorists Oct. 19 associated with a VBIED attack on the Khaldiyah Bridge in Habbaniyah that killed two Iraqi soldiers, wounded two other Iraqi soldiers and four civilians the day prior.
A series of operations led to the apprehension of the suspects seen at several meetings Oct. 18 with a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader. Credible intelligence indicates the suspected terrorist leader coordinated the VBIED attack and is responsible for foreign fighter movements, and other attacks throughout the area.
The conditions of the wounded Iraqi soldiers and civilians are not available at this time.
Iraqi authorities have restricted all civilian traffic from the bridge pending an engineering assessment and subsequent repairs.
These operations targeted foreign fighter facilitators and VBIED operations – two of the principal threats to Iraq’s security and the safety of innocent Iraqi citizens. Those who participate in crimes against the people of Iraq will ultimately be subject to the rule of Iraqi law.