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A provincial council member and an Iraqi brigade commander were detained in Iraq this week, accused of assisting in insurgent attacks, military officials said.

The council member, from Diwaniyah, south of Baghdad, was suspected of meeting regularly with leaders of the insurgency and helping them obtain weapons and money for attacks against Iraqi civilians and Iraqi and coalition forces, military officials said.

He reportedly also used his influence as a government official to release militants from jail and helped them obtain jobs with Iraqi police and with security services for facilities.

The man, who was not named in a Multi-National Corps-Iraq news release, was detained during an operation Wednesday in Diwaniyah.

A day earlier, an unnamed Iraqi brigade commander was detained by Iraqi special operations forces in Hurriyah, a Baghdad neighborhood. U.S. Special Forces acted as advisers in the operation.

The suspect is allegedly the main financier and weapons supplier in the Shula area near Baghdad. His 300-member cell is responsible for roadside-bomb attacks against coalition forces and the Iraqi army, officials say.

About 12 million Iraqi dinars, close to $10,000, was confiscated at the targeted house during the raid, officials say.

Man thwarts suicide bomber in BaghdadA 72-year-old man recently shot dead a would-be suicide bomber at a checkpoint in Arab Jabour in southern Baghdad, military officials say.

In the Sunday incident, Mudhehr Fayadh Baresh, a tribal commissioner and member of the Arab Jabour Concerned Citizens program, said he ordered the man to lift his shirt when he did not recognize him as a local.

The suspect refused to lift his shirt. Baresh repeated the command and the suspect exposed his suicide vest, running toward the checkpoint, according to a release issued Thursday by Multi-National Corps-Iraq.

Baresh, who has received training from coalition forces, opened fire, causing the vest to detonate, officials say.

“I did it for the honor of my family and the honor of my country,” said Baresh, when he met with Col. Terry Ferrell, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

Lt. Col. Kenneth Adgie, commander of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, on Tuesday presented Mudhehr with a battalion coin for his valor.

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