July 5th, 2007 05:51 EST
Two suspected al-Qaeda leaders, 7 others detained in Coalition raids
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed one terrorist and detained nine suspected terrorists during raids around the country Wednesday and Thursday targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leaders and operatives.
Thursday morning, Coalition Forces targeted an al-Qaeda in Iraq explosives consultant suspected of helping improvised explosive device cells west of Baghdad. As the ground forces entered the objective site, they encountered an armed man. Acting in self-defense, Coalition Forces engaged the man, killing him.
During the raid, another armed man emerged from an adjoining room within the building. Coalition Forces reacted in self-defense and engaged the armed man, wounding him. He was treated by medical personnel on site. Coalition Forces detained three suspected terrorists during the operation. Another raid Thursday morning netted one suspected terrorist allegedly involved with al-Qaeda in the Tarmiyah area.
Coalition Forces captured the al-Qaeda in Iraq administrative emir of a Baghdad neighborhood during a raid Wednesday. The individual is suspected of handling logistics and financing for terrorists cells in the area, and arranging for movement of operatives for the organization. The ground forces also detained three individuals suspected of associating with him.
“We’re continuing to target all levels of the al-Qaeda in Iraq organization, and are disrupting both their leadership structure and operations,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.