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Iraqi Special Forces Capture Extremist Leader

Iraqi Special Forces Capture Extremist Leader in Taji

9th Iraqi Army Division forces, advised by U.S. Special Forces, captured an alleged extremist leader during operations Nov. 13 in the city of Taji.

The suspect is reported to control several extremist cells and to be one of the key individuals responsible for perpetrating violence against Iraqis in the south Taji area.

Several eyewitnesses report the suspect is personally responsible for the murder of at least 10 Iraqi civilians. He is also linked to emplacing multiple improvised explosive devices along a major U.S. military supply route and to be responsible for conducting an IED attack against Coalition Forces convoy Oct. 4 near Baghdad.

The raid was one in a series of ongoing operations led by Iraqi Security Forces specifically targeting extremist networks illegally operating within Iraq.

No Iraqi or U.S. Forces were injured during the operation.

In other Operation Iraqi Freedom news:

Iraqi Special Operations Forces Detain Two Terrorist Leaders

Iraqi Special Operations Forces, advised by U.S. Special Forces, detained two alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders in a Nov. 12 raid in the city of Taji.

The terrorist leaders, and their networks, are believed to be behind numerous improvised explosive device, mortar, small arms fire and vehicle-born improvised explosive device attacks against Coalition Forces, resulting in the deaths of several U.S. soldiers.

In a separate operation Nov. 12, Iraqi Security Forces, advised by U.S. Special Forces, detained four suspected members of a criminal gang during a raid in the Sadiyah area of southern Baghdad. The alleged gang members are believed to be responsible for a wide range of criminal activities including kidnapping and murder.

Both raids resulted in one additional person being detain for questioning. No Iraqi or U.S. Forces were injured during the operation.


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