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Coalition forces disrupt Special Groups criminal networks, detain two

Release No: UNRELEASED Feb. 12, 2008 PRINT | E-MAIL
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (Feb. 12, 2008) - Coalition forces detained two suspected Special Groups criminals early today during operations in the Suwayrah area, south of Baghdad.

Coalition forces were targeting an individual who reportedly facilitated paramilitary training for Special Groups members in preparation for attacks against Iraqi and Coalition forces. Reports also indicate he was an associate of several senior-level criminal element leaders involved in attacks on Iraqi and Coalition forces.

Intelligence led ground forces to the target location where they detained the two suspected criminals without incident. The identity of the suspects is still being determined.

"Al-Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr’s cease-fire pledge has helped increase stability," said Lt. Michael Street, MNF-I spokesman. "We welcome that stability, but we will continue to dismantle the criminal networks of those who choose not to honor that pledge."

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