CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq, Sep. 5, 2006 – Iraqi police and soldiers, along with U.S. Marines and soldiers from Regimental Combat Team 7, detained 30 confirmed insurgents and 38 suspected insurgents over the weekend throughout the Anbar province in western Iraq. Iraqi police identified and detained 18 of the 38 captured suspected insurgents in Rawah, Iraq -- a city of about 20,000 along the Euphrates River, about 50 miles east of the Iraqi-Syrian border.
One of the suspects captured by Rawah police officers is wanted for suspected involvement with a vehicle suicide bombing against a U.S. military checkpoint in the region July 29. Several more captured in Rawah are suspected of involvement with a recent attack on a Rawah police officer's family. Police officers in Rawah also discovered two improvised explosive devices there Sept. 3. Iraqi and U.S. soldiers detained one known insurgent and 10 suspected insurgents Sept. 3 in Hit, a city of about 60,000 people about 70 miles northwest of Ramadi.
Through a variety of counterinsurgency operations Sept. 2 and 3, Iraqi police, Iraqi soldiers, and U.S. Marines captured 27 known insurgents and four suspected insurgents in the Haditha Triad, a cluster of three cities -- Haditha, Barwanah, and Haqlaniyah -- with a combined population of about 90,000. One captured insurgent was part of a four-man insurgent cell operating in Hadithah; another is suspected of having involvement with various small-arms attacks against a U.S. base in Barwanah.
U.S. Marines captured six more suspected insurgents Sept. 2 in Sadah, a town just east of the Iraqi-Syrian border, and discovered an ordnance cache near the border Sept. 2. The cache consisted of 120 mm rockets, 155 mm rockets, and 122 mm rockets.