Thursday, March 27, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 27 Mar 2008

From MNF-I, ISF, local citizens join forces to capture senior AQI leader in Ta’ Mim province.

KIRKUK, Iraq – Iraqi security forces collaborated with local Iraqi citizens to capture a senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leader March 24.

The senior leader and five other suspected terrorists were stopped while traveling on a road southwest of Kirkuk. This capture follows the capture of al-Qaeda’s “top emir” in Kirkuk March 20.

The suspected terrorists are believed to have conducted numerous acts of intimidation against innocent Iraqi citizens. The senior leader is believed to be linked to militant operations in the Ta’ Mim province. These acts have resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians as well as disrupting efforts to improve the lives of the citizens of Kirkuk.

“You can run but you cannot hide from us, the Iraqi Police force, the Iraqi Army, or the citizens of this province,” said Col. David Paschal, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. “We are committed to hunt down those who want to disrupt the reconciliation and rebuilding efforts here and bring them to justice. Time is limited. I urge those who want to reconcile to do so, soon.”