OIF Summary; Nov. 5, 2008: Troops Deal Major Blow to al-Qaeda in Iraq Networks
Dispatches from the Front:
BAGHDAD, Nov. 5, 2008 -- Coalition forces targeting multiple al-Qaeda networks during operations Wednesday captured two suspected terrorists and 13 additional suspects.
Forces captured a man believed to be an AQI improvised explosive device and weapons facilitator in Baghdad. The suspected terrorist, who reports suggest has connections to AQI leadership south of Baghdad, was detained along with two other men.
A separate operation in Baghdad targeted a suspected terrorist believed to coordinate attacks against Coalition forces. An alleged associate of the suspected terrorist was detained for further questioning.
About 112 km northeast of Baghdad in As Sadiyah, Coalition forces detained two men while targeting a suspected Diyala weapon and foreign terrorist facilitator.
Coalition forces continued to pressure Mosul AQI networks during three separate operations Wednesday. One suspected terrorist alleged to have connections to AQI’s communication and leadership networks was apprehended as well as one additional suspect.
A second operation targeting Mosul AQI communication and leadership networks resulted in the detention of four suspected terrorists. During the operation, Coalition forces found several pounds of explosive materials associated with IED construction. The cache was safely destroyed by ground forces.
A third operation in Mosul targeted a suspected terrorist believed to target attacks against Iraqi civilians who cooperate with Coalition forces. Three men believed to be associates of the suspected terrorist were detained during the operation.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)
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