April 25th, 2008 06:04 EST
Alleged bombing cell leader, 12 other suspects detained
BAGHDAD – Coalition forces detained more than a dozen suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq Friday, including four wanted individuals.
Coalition forces captured two wanted men, one of whom is allegedly the leader of a large bombing cell, during a raid south of Bayji targeting a network that spans Salah ad Din province. The other wanted man is believed to be a key distributor of explosives used against Sons of Iraq groups, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition forces. A cache of weapons and ammunition was discovered and safely destroyed on site. Four additional suspected terrorists were detained.
Coalition forces continued to corral members of the AQI propaganda network, detaining a wanted man in Baghdad who is believed to conspire directly with terrorist leaders.
Using information from an operation Apr. 21, Coalition forces captured an alleged go-between for AQI senior leaders in Mosul.
In Samarra, Coalition forces conducted two operations targeting AQI leaders in the area and detained four suspected terrorists.
Coalition forces descended on an alleged foreign terrorist bed-down location northeast of Khalis and detained one suspected terrorist believed to be involved in AQI’s facilitation network.
“Al-Qaeda in Iraq has been targeting Iraqi Security Forces and Sons of Iraq with more frequency because they recognize the danger these brave Iraqis pose to their foreign-led terrorist network. Coalition forces are working shoulder-to-shoulder with the ISF and Sons of Iraq to disrupt AQI networks and prevent further violence,” said Cmdr. Scott Rye, MNF-I spokesperson