Tigress River Security Improved With Frequent Patrols
The success of the Iraqi Security forces keeps improving. They have been participating for the last 18 months on joint patrols, where the coalition was in the least. After working as a support organization, they have transitioned to the leadership position.
The Iraqi Forces now are the leaders, and the coalition is on hand to provide support where needed. Recently, the joint patrols in Baghdad have yielded the arrest of 10 terrorist suspects, and 2 other men who were wanted for specific terror related crimes and incidents.
Operations in the Tigris River Valley included breaking up an Al Qaeda terrorist cell, which was starting to form a network near Balad. The forces led by Iraqi Security members detained 5 suspects in Baghdad and 4 others that were on the most wanted list.
In the Shargat region that is located about 90 kilometers to the south of the town of Mosul, Coalition forces have captures a man that is a known Al Qaeda operatives, and he was able to lead forces to 3 other possible Al Qaeda members.
Coalition troops are serving in a support role, but they also were able to capture 2 suspected insurgents on Saturday that have known ties to senior Al Qaeda members in Karmah. All together there have been close to 24 different suspects captured or detained in the last 10 days by joint Iraqi Security Forces and the Coalition.