June 18th, 2007 05:44 EST
11 suspected VBIED cell members detained
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces detained 11 suspected terrorists during operations Sunday and Monday to disrupt the al-Qaeda vehicle-borne improvised explosive device network in Baghdad.
Sunday, Coalition Forces conducted an operation to capture a suspected member of a VBIED cell active in Baghdad and Haditha. The assault force detained six suspected terrorists, including the target, whose network supports Syria-based extremists and provides suicide bombers, vehicles and explosives for the cell.
A Monday raid south of the city netted four suspected terrorists allegedly involved with the VBIED cell in Baghdad. Coalition Forces captured another individual within the city limits suspected of association with a smuggling ring known for bringing bomb-making materials into Iraq.
“Disrupting the bombing network in Baghdad is a high priority for us, and we will continue to target the cells’ leaders and members,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.
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