July 16th, 2007 13:12 EST
Iraqi Army, Coalition Forces detain insurgent linked to Iranian IEDs
BAGHDAD – An Iraqi Army platoon with Coalition Forces as advisers detained a key suspected insurgent during an early morning raid, July 15 in Najaf.
Iraqi Soldiers detained their primary suspect without incident, while two other suspicious individuals present during the raid were also detained.
The primary suspect is believed to facilitate Iranian support for the rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, a well-known insurgent group in Iraq. He allegedly provides rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi with improvised explosive devices and Iranian-made explosively-formed projectiles which have been used to attack Coalition Forces. Additionally, he is suspected of assisting rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi with cross-border training of their insurgent members and providing rogue Jaysh al-Mahdi with financial support, weapons, and equipment. The primary suspect is accused of exploiting charity organizations for insurgent recruiting purposes.
No Iraqi or Coalition Forces were injured during this operation.
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342