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Iraqi Police arrested four suspected members of IED-cells belonging to al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) today during two joint security operations near Baghdad and Kirkuk.
During a joint security operation conducted in Karmah, west of Baghdad, Iraqi Police arrested an alleged associate of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device cell believed to be responsible for attacks targeting government buildings and civilians in Baghdad.
Intelligence sources led the security team to a location where the suspect was known to be hiding. The security team established a cordon and searched multiple buildings for the suspect.
Information and evidence gathered on the premises led Iraqi Police to arrest the targeted suspect and an alleged criminal accomplice without incident.
During a separate security operation conducted in a rural area located southwest of Kirkuk, the 3rd Emergency Services Unit and U.S. advisors searched several buildings for an alleged AQI leader within the Abbasi area.
The suspected AQI leader is believed to be responsible for emplacing IEDs throughout the region, facilitating movement of foreign fighters into Iraq to carry out attacks, as well as transporting and storing weapons.
Based on preliminary questioning and evidence found on the premises, IP arrested the AQI leader and a suspected criminal accomplice without incident.