Skip to comments.Iraqi forces arrest more terrorism suspects
Posted on 12/29/2009 5:17:55 PM PST by SandRat
WASHINGTON Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. advisors, arrested several suspected terrorists and seized weapons in Iraq in recent days, military officials report.
Iraqi Security Forces yesterday arrested 14 suspected terrorists during a series of operations conducted in northern Iraq targeting suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq members.
In southwest Baghdad, ISF, aided by U.S. advisors, arrested a suspected AQI explosives operative believed to be planning and conducting homemade bomb attacks throughout Diyala province.
Meanwhile, in a separate operation in Jalula, northeast of Baghdad, Iraqi and U.S. forces arrested four suspected AQI members.
Also yesterday, while conducting an operation southwest of Kirkuk, Iraqi and U.S. forces arrested nine suspected AQI members.
During another operation in Ninevah Sunday, Iraqi and U.S. forces shot and killed a suspected terrorist after he fired at them. Another suspect was arrested.
Also on Sunday, ISF arrested three suspected terrorists during operations conducted near Mosul and Baghdad.
Additionally, a surveillance crewman on board a 25th Combat Aviation Brigade surveillance aircraft spotted three suspicious men digging and placing an unknown object alongside a road north of Kirkuk, Dec. 25.
As members of a route clearance team attempted to capture the suspects, two of the suspects began shooting. The patrol returned fire, killing one suspect and injuring another. The third suspect surrendered. The Soldiers discovered two homemade bombs where the suspects had been digging. They also found two 105 mm artillery rounds, a 122 mm artillery round, a landmine and an 80 mm mortar round. A U.S. explosive ordnance disposal team used C4 explosives to destroy the bombs and artillery rounds.
After questioning the non-injured suspect, Iraqi Soldiers went to his house and arrested three more suspects.
In other operations in Iraq:
-- Iraqi Police and U.S. advisors arrested four suspected terrorists Dec. 25 and 26 in northeastern Mosul while targeting a suspected member of AQI believed to be responsible for suicide vest attacks in Balad and Muqdadiyah.
-- IP arrested a suspected terrorist group leader and nine suspects Dec. 26 during security operations near Tikrit. The security team discovered five 107 mm rockets, more than 20 rocket-propelled grenades, seven RPG launchers, two 80 mm mortars and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
-- ISF arrested two terrorist suspects during a Dec. 26 operation in northeastern Baghdad.
-- ISF arrested five suspected members of the Kata'ib Hezbollah terrorist group Dec. 24 in northeastern Baghdad.
-- ISF arrested two suspected terrorists Dec. 24 in Tikrit. The suspects are believed to be associates of a leader of a Jaysh al-Islami Mujahadeen explosives cell that operates in Bayji.
I didn’t know we were still fighting a war against terrorists?
I also didn’t know their crimes were any worse than that of a shoplifter. Why don’t they broadcast those arrests?
Maybe the Iraqi forces can help us. Seems recently we can’t arrest terrorists until after they attack.