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Posted: 11/29/2007 12:46:44 PM EDT
November 29, 2007

Coalition forces target foreign terrorist facilitators, assassins, senior al-Qaeda associates; 12 detained

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces detained 12 suspects during operations Thursday targeting al-Qaeda operations in central and northern Iraq.

Coalition forces captured a wanted individual during operations in Tarmiyah while targeting a foreign terrorist facilitator and associate of senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders. Coalition forces detained two other suspects during the operation without incident.

North of Samarra, Coalition forces captured a wanted individual during operations targeting foreign terrorist facilitators and senior terrorist leader associates. The wanted individual is also believed to be an al-Qaeda leader in Samarra.

During operations in Hawija, Coalition forces detained four suspects while targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq members responsible for assassination style murders. Coalition forces also targeted their associates in Mosul, detaining three suspects without incident.

In Bayji, Coalition forces detained one suspect while further targeting al-Qaeda terrorists involved in kidnappings, money extortion and sectarian-related murders.

"We're continuously attacking al-Qaeda in Iraq to bring down the networks responsible for conducting attacks against the Iraqi people," said Col. Donald Bacon, MNF-I spokesman.

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