December 7th, 2007 03:08 EST
U.S. forces capture terrorists involved in Baghdad car-bombing operations
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces captured two wanted individuals and seven additional suspects during an operation in Baghdad Friday to disrupt al-Qaeda networks in the capital city.
The wanted individuals are reportedly leaders in the al-Qaeda network operating in the Karkh area and are believed to have been involved in the planning of a future car-bombing attack in the city. The two wanted individuals are allegedly close associates to several other senior leaders involved in the network’s car-bombing operations. In addition to the wanted individuals, the ground force detained seven suspects on site without incident.
Recent successful Coalition forces operations have left the Karkh terrorist network in a severely degraded state. Over the last month, Coalition forces have captured four other wanted individuals tied to the Karkh network, who were reportedly involved in attacks against Coalition forces and trying to re-establish the city's car-bombing operations.
“We’re continuing to go after the terrorists who threaten Baghdad’s security,” said Cmdr. Scott Rye, MNF-I spokesman. “We want to make sure that terrorist cells cannot recover from their degraded state and carry out their brutal attacks.”