July 22, 2008
Iraqi and Coalition forces capture alleged kidnapping cell leader (Diyala and at-Tamim provinces)
BAGHDAD – Iraqi and Coalition forces captured an alleged kidnapping cell leader and detained six additional suspected terrorists while targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq operations in Diyala and at-Tamim provinces.
Associates of an alleged leader of an AQI kidnapping cell led Iraqi and Coalition forces to Kirkuk, where they captured the wanted man and one additional suspect. The wanted man is believed to operate a kidnapping cell reportedly tied to terrorist activity spanning to Bayji and Tikrit in Salah ad-Din province.
Coalition forces detained five suspected terrorists during an operation near Khanaqin, about 150 kilometers southeast of Kirkuk, targeting AQI leaders in Diyala province.