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American and Iraqi troops operating in north-central Iraq have captured a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq weapons dealer.

An early-morning raid on Sunday resulted in three men arrested and one insurgent killed, officials said. One of those captured is alleged to have provided weapons and bomb-making materials for insurgents in the region.

According to the U.S. military command in Baghdad, troops on a “targeted raid” found two men with weapons in the target building; they told the troops about the arms dealer hiding nearby.

One man was shot by the troops when they were securing the target building.

“Despite numerous attempts to dissuade his advance on the coalition forces, the man was killed as a last resort,” the military said in a news release.

American troops also recovered a small cache of weapons including a grenade launcher, machine gun, sniper rifle, two AK-47s, ammunition and a blasting cap.


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