Coalition forces killed 10 insurgents, detained 20 suspects and uncovered weapons and bomb-making materials during operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq over the weekend, officials said Sunday.
Two of the suspects were captured during a raid in Baghdad on Saturday that targeted the network’s leaders in the city, according to a statement issued Sunday by Multi-National Force—Iraq.
One of them allegedly is a senior leader in the area who oversees al-Qaida in Iraq operations.
Sunday morning, coalition forces targeted several buildings near Karmah that intelligence reports indicated were associated with a Libyan fighter involved in suicide bombing operations, officials said.
As the forces approached the first building, they responded to small-arms fire by firing back, killing six insurgents and wounding a person who tried to escape. That person was later treated at a military medical facility, officials said.
During a search, forces found bomb-making materials, weapons and a vehicle containing a heavy machine gun and hand grenades. Seven more suspects were detained for their apparent involvement with foreign fighters and suicide-bomb making operations.
During a raid Sunday in Anbar province, ground forces targeting associates of an al-Qaida in Iraq senior leader awakened and killed three men outside a building near Zaydon after they grabbed for their weapons. A fourth man nearby was killed after moving into a tactical position, officials said.
Inside targeted buildings, forces detained two people suspected of being involved with the network and discovered and destroyed a truck rigged with wires and other signs of car bomb materials.
In Mosul on Sunday, coalition forces captured a suspected smuggler and four suspects believed to be involved in bomb attacks. Intelligence reports showed the alleged smuggler operated a taxi and transported terrorist operatives, weapons, funds and letters between Iraq and Syria, officials said.
He is also thought to be linked to the murder of a female worker at Badush prison in January.