BAGHDAD - Iraqi and US forces detained 143 suspected insurgents, taking the number of people rounded up in a two-day offensive in western Baghdad to 428, the military said Tuesday.
Operation Squeeze Play, the largest ever joint Iraqi-US campaign in Baghdad, was launched late Sunday to catch suspected militants responsible for attacking the Abu Ghraib US-detention facility and the road linking downtown to the international airport.
?Abu Ghraib has been a trafficking area for former Baath Party terrorists and the (Abu Musab) al-Zarqawi terrorist network between Baghdad and (western city of) Fallujah,? a military statement said.
Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi heads the Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist group, which has claimed responsibility for multiple bombings, assassinations and kidnappings.