Courtesy of HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
News Release Number: 07-01-03P
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained nine suspects Friday during operations to disrupt foreign terrorist facilitation networks in central and northern Iraq.
In an operation west of Samarra, Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained five suspects while targeting an alleged associate of foreign terrorist facilitators. When the ground force arrived at the target building, they called for the occupants to come out. Five men exited and were subsequently detained, and one man indicated that an additional suspect was still inside. The ground force conducted a second call for the man to come out, but he remained barricaded inside the building. Perceiving hostile intent, the ground force engaged the non-compliant suspect inside the building, killing him.
In Bayji, Coalition forces captured a wanted individual believed to be a foreign terrorist facilitator with ties to al-Qaeda senior members operating outside of Iraq. Reports indicate one of the suspect’s associates is a senior facilitator currently residing outside of Iraq and attempting to communicate with terrorist leaders in the country.
Intelligence gained from previous operations led Coalition forces to an area southwest of Kirkuk, where they targeted an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq member also involved in foreign terrorist facilitation. The ground force detained three suspects on site.
“Foreign terrorists who come to Iraq to support al-Qaeda will find no safe haven,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, an MNF-I spokesman. “We will continue to find and dismantle their networks.”
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