News: Suspected cell leader, high-value terrorist detained
Story by Pfc. Jessica Luhrs-Stabile
KIRKUK, Iraq - Iraqi security forces from the Abassi Iraqi Police Station, near Hawijah, Iraq, along with assistance from 1st Battalion, 37th Armor, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division out of Fort Bliss, Texas, detained a high-value target at a checkpoint outside of Abassi, Sunday.
The alleged terrorist, a suspected leader of an improvised explosive device cell in Hawijah, is suspected of involvement with numerous murders and bombings against Iraqi citizens and Iraqi and U.S. forces.
After the Abassi police received intelligence of the suspect being in the area they set-up a checkpoint outside the village and detained the suspect that morning.
Iraqi and U.S. forces conduct joint operations in accordance with the Security Agreement and in coordination with the Iraqi government to target terrorists seeking to disrupt the security and stability of Iraq.