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Iraqi-U.S. forces arrest 428 suspected insurgents in Baghdad operation
Published in: Associated Press
May 24, 2005

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.

Source: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/focusoniraq/2005/May/focusoniraq_May164.xml§ion=focusoniraq


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