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Iraqi Security Forces arrested a wanted Baghdad explosives-cell member and seven additional suspected terrorists, and discovered a large weapons cache during two joint security operations conducted today in Baghdad and northern Iraq.
In western Baghdad, ISF and U.S. advisors searched a residential building for a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) explosives-cell leader responsible for coordinating several vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks within the capital city.
Preliminary questioning and evidence collected at the scene led ISF to identify and arrest the wanted individual.
During a separate security operation conducted in the town of Sulayman Bak, located approximately 79 km southeast of Kirkuk, the 3rd Emergency Services Unit and U.S. advisors searched several buildings for four suspected AQI members.
One of the warranted individuals is suspected of involvement in administrative and financial operations for the terrorist organization, while the three other warranted individuals are suspected of building and storing IEDs for use in attacks throughout the region.
The security team found several bags of ball bearings used to construct IEDs hidden beneath a stairwell in one of the searched buildings.
Near another building, the security team discovered a large weapons cache. Items found buried in plastic drums include a complete suicide vest, more than five sticks of dynamite, 15 fully-assembled IEDs, six rocket-propelled grenades, hundreds of feet of metal wiring, several different types of IED-triggering devices and various firearms and ammunition.
Based on evidence found at the scene, ISF arrested two warranted individuals and five suspected criminal accomplices.