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Published:August 3rd, 2007 08:49 EST
Coalition Forces detain 17 suspected terrorists

Coalition Forces detain 17 suspected terrorists

By SOP newswire

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces detained 17 suspected terrorists during raids targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq operations in the Tigris River Valley Friday.

In Mosul, Coalition Forces captured an alleged terrorist cell leader and four suspected associates.  The targeted individual is believed to be involved in sniper and suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces.

During a precision raid in Baghdad, Coalition Forces captured an al-Qaeda in Iraq operative allegedly involved in weapons trafficking and supplying terrorist groups with IED materials.  One other suspected terrorist was detained during the operation.

Coalition Forces raided four buildings during coordinated operations in Bayji targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq cell leaders there.  The ground forces detained six suspected terrorists for their alleged ties to a sniper team leader and terrorist cell known to attack Coalition Forces.

Coalition Forces continued to target al-Qaeda in Iraq operations in Tarmiyah with an operation focused on terrorist senior leaders.  The ground forces detained four individuals with suspected ties to an al-Qaeda in Iraq emir responsible for administering Shari’a law in the northern belt around Baghdad.

“We will not rest until al-Qaeda in Iraq’s operations have been decimated," said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.  “Our operations continue to target terrorist leaders and operatives who attack Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces and the Iraqi citizens they protect."