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Published:November 15th, 2006 02:44 EST
18 Suspected terrorists detained; IED materials destroyed

18 Suspected terrorists detained; IED materials destroyed

By SOP newswire

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces detained 18 suspected terrorists and destroyed a cache of improvised explosive device materials while conducting multiple raids Wednesday morning.  The raids targeted individuals in the northern Baghdad region and al-Anbar Province who are believed to have direct ties to al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist cells.  

Ground troops located and detonated a stockpile of automobile batteries believed to be stored for use in vehicle-borne IED attacks on innocent Iraqi civilians and Coalition Forces.The detainees are currently being assessed for their level of involvement in terrorist activity.   

The raids are part of ongoing, coordinated efforts to eliminate al-Qaida operations in the Baghdad region.  Coalition Forces continue to prevent suicide bombings by killing and capturing terrorists, intercepting and destroying VBIEDs and suicide vests and continuously degrading al-Qaida cells operating within Iraq.