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Iraqi Army, U.S. Special Forces detain rogue Jaysh al Mahdi leaders
Multi-National Force - Iraq ^

Posted on 08/25/2007 12:10:43 PM PDT by SandRat

BAGHDAD – Iraqi Army Forces, with U.S. Special Forces acting as advisers, detained two leaders of rogue elements of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia during two intelligence driven operations Aug. 24 in Baghdad and in Taji.

In the first operation, Iraqi Army Scouts detained a suspected Shi’a extremist responsible for directing a criminal network of individuals who routinely attack Iraqi and Coalition Forces with improvised explosive devices and explosively formed penetrators in the New Baghdad area.

The leader is also linked to a Jaysh al-Mahdi cell responsible for extrajudicial killings of innocent Iraqis. The forces also detained a second suspicious individual during this raid.

In the second operation, members from the Iraqi Army 9th Division Reconnaissance team detained a Jaysh al-Mahdi company commander Aug. 24 in Taji.

Intelligence indicates that the suspected Shi’a extremist is responsible for emplacing explosively formed penetrators and improvised explosive devices to target Iraqi and U.S. Forces in the Taji area. The suspect is believed to be responsible for emplacing an EFP on July 26, 2007 that wounded 2 Coalition soldiers.

The suspect is currently being detained for questioning about additional attacks which resulted in the deaths of several Iraqi and Coalition soldiers.

No Iraqi or U.S. Special Forces were injured in either of these operations

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: baghdad; capture; frwn; iraq; iraqiarmy; jayshalmahdi; oif; taji

1 posted on 08/25/2007 12:10:45 PM PDT by SandRat
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2 posted on 08/25/2007 12:11:07 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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3 posted on 08/25/2007 12:13:49 PM PDT by bray (Member of the FR President Bush underground)
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“The U.S. military also announced the Wednesday arrest in northern Arab Jabour of a man described as a foreign fighter who heads a car-bombing cell network.
The man, who was not named, is an Egyptian-born militant who came to Iraq in the early 1980s and later joined al Qaeda fighters, the military said.
“He has Iraqi citizenship and [is] believed to be a former high-ranking official of the Baath party during Saddam Hussein’s reign,” the military said.”

4 posted on 08/25/2007 12:19:43 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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