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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2007

V CORPS INFANTRY SOLDIERS NAB MORE SUSPECTS


IN BOMBING THAT KILLED THEIR COMRADES
Multi-National Division – Baghdad release

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- V Corps Soldiers nabbed three suspects with known terrorist

connections and nine other associates in the Adhamiyah District of the Iraqi capital

July 2.

The suspects were seized without incident by Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry,

part of the corps' 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. The Schweinfurt,

Germany-based battalion is currently operating in eastern Baghdad under the 2nd

Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

The troops detained the suspects after receiving information about where the alleged

terror cell would be meeting. Several of those detained are suspected to have direct

involvement in the deaths of five 1-26th Soldiers killed by a roadside bomb June 21.

This is the second time Soldiers of the "Blue Spader" battalion have taken captives

suspected of involvement in the deadly attack on their comrades. Another suspect

was one of two taken in a June 24 raid in Adhamiyah.


"The capture of these individuals will likely put a temporary end to the (improvised

explosive device) threat in this area. We expect the drop in violence will allow the

local population to come out from under the burden of violence that has kept them

isolated for so long," said Maj. Charles Masarachia, operations officer for the 2nd

BCT, 82nd Airborne. "As we increase our dialogue with this community, our ability to

provide them security and allow the government of Iraq to provide them essential

services will increase, ultimately eliminating the conditions that foster insurgencies."