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ISF capture six AQI members linked to explosives cell.

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: U.S. army in Iraq said that Iraqi Security Forces arrested six suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq explosives-cell members on Monday during two joint security operations conducted in central and northern Iraq pursuant to warrants issued by Iraqi judges.

"In a rural area located approximately 31 km north of Baghdad, 5th Iraqi Army soldiers and U.S. advisors searched a residential building for a suspected AQI explosives-cell member who is believed to make and distribute homemade explosives used in attacks by the terrorist group throughout Baghdad," the army said in a release as posted online.

"Information gathered within the building led the Iraqi-led security team to a weapons cache site nearby where several large artillery rounds were found," it said.

"After conducting preliminary questioning and examination of evidence at the scene, Iraqi Army soldiers identified and arrested the warranted explosives maker and two suspected criminal accomplices," it added.

"During a second security operation carried out in a rural area located approximately 19 km northwest of Mosul, 9th Iraqi Army soldiers and U.S. advisors searched a residential building for a suspected AQI explosives-cell member who is believed to be behind several vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks in Mosul," the statement said.

"An initial examination of information collected at the scene led Iraqi Army soldiers to identify and arrest the warranted attack-cell member and two suspected criminal accomplices," it said.

"Iraqi and U.S. forces conduct joint operations in accordance with the Security Agreement and in coordination with the Iraqi government to target terrorists seeking to disrupt the security and stability of Iraq," it noted.

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Date:Mar 22, 2010
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