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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Coalition Forces detain two senior al-Qaida in Iraq leaders

Release Date: 8/1/2006
Release Number: 06-08-01P
Created at 8/1/2006 6:25 AM by Sharbe L. Clark
Last modified at 8/1/2006 6:25 AM by Sharbe L. Clark

Description: BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces successfully targeted and detained two senior al-Qaida in Iraq leaders and three other suspected terrorists during multiple raids in central and northern Iraq on the morning of July 29.

A recent detainee provided information that led the security forces to one of the terrorists, a top leader for the Al Dhuluiyah area. The targeted individual was reportedly the main planner for the attack against Peshmerga forces at a checkpoint in Al Dhuluiya in May 2006. Credible intelligence also ties the terrorist leader to other al-Qaida leaders in the area.

In a separate raid, security forces detained a principal financial and logistical coordinator for al-Qaida in the Mosul area. He also was reportedly the leader of a terrorist cell responsible for kidnappings and executing vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and IED attacks in Mosul.

Ground troops discovered a large weapons cache at another target site. The cache included several rocket propelled grenades, multiple launchers, explosives and materials for IEDs, small arms, and ordnance. All of them were destroyed on location.

Coalition forces quickly secured the areas in all of the raids and detained the individuals without incident. These and other recent assaults are helping Coalition forces get a clearer picture of the enemy network in the region, and they continue to methodically degrade the terrorist network.

Multiple women and children were present at the raid sites. None were harmed and all were returned to their homes once the troops ensured the area was secure.

For more information, please contact the Combined Press Information Center.

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H/t to V/R, Spc. Patrick Ziegler, U.S. Central Command, Public Affairs.

Category: Press Release.
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