August 15th, 2007 11:39 EST
U.S. Special Forces detain 3 Al-Qaeda in Iraq high-level leaders
BAGHDAD – Soldiers from the 1/6th Iraqi Army Scouts, with U.S. Special Forces as advisors, detained three suspected key Al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders during an intelligence driven operation Aug. 14 in the Mansour area of Baghdad.
The forces detained an alleged group leader and both his cell leaders. Both cells traffic weapons into the Mansour area and conduct mortar and rocket attacks to harm Iraqi and Coalition Forces.
One cell leader is suspected of coordinating extra-judicial killings against innocent civilians and Iraqi government personnel. Intelligence reports indicates the other cell leader finances al-Qaeda with money supplied to him by foreign associations and has also orchestrated numerous vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks against Iraqi military and political figures.
The forces also seized weapons, ammunition, military uniforms, and computer equipment at the detainees’ locations.
No U.S. or Iraqi members were harmed during the operation.
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