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American and Iraqi forces arrested more than 50 suspected insurgents during a series of unrelated raids and operations in northern Iraq, U.S. officials said Thursday.

According to officials from the 101st Airborne Division, which is responsible for the region, the largest number of arrests came when Iraqi forces conducted coordinated raids on three villages outside of Baqouba. The Iraqi troops, from the 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, arrested 19 men, including “eight known to have strong ties to terrorists in the area,” according to a U.S. military news release.

Soldiers of the 101st Airborne’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team arrested 10 suspected insurgents in and around the volatile city of Beiji, officials said. The arrests came after tips from city residents, officials said, and “led to the capture of four men closely tied to a terrorist ring responsible for committing murders and beheadings in the area.”

A fifth suspected insurgent was killed when he allegedly fired a pistol at U.S. soldiers searching his home, the military said.

A joint patrol of U.S. 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and Iraqi 2nd Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division also reported uncovering two weapons caches and stolen Iraqi army uniforms, and arrested 12 men. Other operations netted additional suspects.


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