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Posted: 12/3/2007 1:21:16 PM EDT
December 3, 2007

Coalition forces disrupt terrorist operations; seven detained

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces detained seven suspects during operations Monday to disrupt al-Qaeda operations in Tarmiyah.

During one operation, Coalition forces captured a wanted individual believed to be an associate of an al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leader involved in the northern belt terrorist network. Reports indicate the wanted individual was a facilitator for terrorist operations. Coalition forces approached the target building and called for the occupants to come out. The ground force detained five suspected terrorists, including the wanted individual who identified himself to Coalition forces. Upon securing the area, they found a machine gun and pistol.

In other operations south of Tarmiyah, Coalition forces captured another wanted individual believed to be involved in al-Qaeda in Iraq’s media and propaganda networks. Coalition forces detained one other suspect, in addition to the wanted individual, without incident.

“We continue to make progress, but there will be difficult times ahead as we work towards the day when innocent civilians can go about their lives without worrying about terrorist attacks,” said Cmdr. Scott Rye, MNF-I spokesman.

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