3-day operation in eastern Iraq nets 80 al-Qaida suspects

September 13, 2007 10:28

A joint three-day operation between Iraqi troops and US Special Forces netted 80 prisoners and killed three suspects in eastern Iraq, the US military said Thursday. Among those captured were four suspected al-Qaida in Iraq terror cell leaders, the military said in a statement. The raids took place in the Hamrin Ridge and Diyala River Valley areas, and ended Wednesday, it said. The US said Iraqi troops also seized 40 AK-47 assault rifles and machine gun ammunition. More than 1,000 Iraqi soldiers took part in the operation, it said. Many of the suspects were accused of emplacing roadside bombs, the military said.

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