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Posted: 6/7/2008 2:08:07 PM EDT
June 7, 2008

Coalition forces strike foreign terrorist network
BAGHDAD – Coalition forces killed four terrorists and destroyed two foreign terrorist safe-houses in northwest Iraq Saturday, also capturing two wanted men in Mosul.

Near Bi’aj, about 130 kilometers southwest of Mosul, Coalition forces  targeted several foreign terrorist safe-houses. At the first location, the force immediately  came under attack by small arms fire. Coalition forces responded in self-defense, returning fire and calling for supporting aircraft to engage the enemy.  Four terrorists were killed in the ensuing engagement.

Coalition forces discovered a vehicle with a foreign license plate adjacent to one of the target buildings. Inside the building they found weapons, ammunition, military equipment and graffiti indicating it served as a foreign terrorist safe-house. Coalition forces safely destroyed the weapons, vehicle and two buildings to prevent their future use in terrorist activities.

In Mosul, Coalition forces captured two men believed to conspire with senior AQI leaders in the city and detained three additional suspects.

“Today’s operations in northern Iraq targeting foreign terrorist networks are helping to degrade their ability to carry out attacks on Iraqi civilians and security forces,” said Maj. John Hall, MNF-I spokesman.


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