September 29th, 2007 05:38 EST
Five terrorists killed, 19 suspects detained during operations targeting al-Qaeda
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed five terrorists and detained 19 suspected terrorists Friday and Saturday during operations throughout Iraq.
Intelligence led Coalition forces to a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq meeting location southwest of Samarra Friday, where ground forces captured a suspect believed to be the key communications link between senior leaders of al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda in Iraq. The targeted individual is also alleged to be responsible for the movement of numerous suicide bombers into Iraq. In addition to the targeted individual, Coalition forces detained nine suspected terrorists on site.
In another precision operation in Samarra Friday, Coalition forces were engaged by small arms fire when they approached a target building. The ground force continued to receive fire from the building and, responding in self-defense, called for close air support to defend against the enemy force, killing five terrorists. During the operation, Coalition forces discovered rocket-propelled grenades, rifles, ammunition, and an improvised explosive device on site. Three buildings and the large cache of weapons were safely destroyed to prevent further use by terrorists.
During operations southwest of Tarmiyah Saturday, Coalition forces captured an associate of an al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leader operating in the northern belt around Baghdad, and responsible for foreign terrorist facilitation, kidnapping and weapons trafficking in the country. The targeted individual identified himself to Coalition forces, and five other suspected terrorists were detained during the operations.
Farther north in Mosul, Coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists while targeting an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq suicide bomber. The targeted individual is believed to organize, plan and direct car-bombing operations in Kirkuk and is tied to foreign terrorist networks in the region. Two of the suspects are believed to be relatives of the targeted individual.
“We’re continually hitting al-Qaeda in Iraq and its networks,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesperson. “Iraqi and Coalition forces are disrupting their operations, keeping them off-balance and hindering their ability to harm innocent people.”
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