Terror Suspects Killed, Captured in Iraq

Iraqi and coalition forces killed five terrorist suspects and detained two others during an operation yesterday in Basrah, U.S. military officials reported.

During the raid, Iraqi and coalition forces began receiving enemy small-arms fire. Ground forces returned fire killing five terrorists.

Ground forces also discovered three men running electric wire used to detonate roadside bombs. The three men fled as ground forces approached.

"As the Iraqi prime minister has repeatedly stated, militias that do not adopt to the rule of law have no place in Iraq's future," Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a spokesperson for Multinational forces Iraq, said. "Those who use terror as a weapon against the Iraqi people will be targeted and eliminated."

In addition, coalition forces also detained 17 suspected terrorists including a reported al-Qaeda in Iraq military emir during other operations yesterday.

Northwest of Taji, eight suspected terrorists were detained during a coalition forces raid. Among the suspects detained was the accused al Qaeda emir of Rusafa and former makeshift car bomb cell leader.

In Mosul, coalition forces captured two suspects with ties to recent al Qaeda attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces.

During a raid in Baghdad, three al Qaeda in Iraq suspects were captured, and four more were captured east of Amiriyah.

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