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Iraqi Security Forces arrested five suspected members of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) terrorist groups today during three joint security operations conducted in Ramadi, Tikrit and Kirkuk.
ISF and U.S. advisors searched two buildings in Ramadi for a suspected AQI leader believed to be responsible for multiple vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks in the region.
After questioning those in the buildings and examining evidence found at the scene, ISF arrested two suspected AQI associates.
During a second security operation in Tikrit, the 3rd General Directorate Salah ad Din Police Unit and U.S. advisors searched one building for an alleged associate of AQI and ISI.
Iraqi Police conducted a preliminary investigation and based on questioning conducted at the scene, arrested two individuals determined to be accomplices of the suspected AQI member.
During a third operation conducted in southern Kirkuk, the 3rd Emergency Services Unit and U.S. advisors searched a building for a suspected member of ISI who is believed to be involved in planning and conducting VBIED attacks against security forces in Iraq.
The 3rd ESU made one arrest without incident based on evidence found at the scene linking the arrested individual to criminal activity.