Sunday, September 16, 2007

Suspected Sheik Sattar Assassination Planner Captured

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Coalition forces captured a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist linked to the assassination of Sheik Sattar during an operation Sept. 15 west of Balad.

The captured individual, Fallah Khalifa Hiyas Fayyas al-Jumayli, also known as Abu Khamis, is believed to be responsible for the death of Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Resha, founder of the Anbar Awakening, a coalition of tribes in Anbar Province committed to driving al-Qaeda in Iraq out of the area. Intelligence reports indicate al-Jumayli is involved in a plot to kill key leaders in the tribal awakening. He is also reportedly responsible for car bomb and suicide vest attacks in Anbar Province, and is closely allied with senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders in the region.

Coalition forces raided three buildings while targeting the individual. When the buildings were secure, one of the residents positively identified al-Jumayli. Coalition forces detained three additional suspected terrorists during the raid.

“The Iraqi people have made great strides toward securing their country, and we will not tolerate al Qaeda in Iraq’s attempts to derail that progress,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman.
(From press release #A070916a by MNF-I, Press Desk, Baghdad, Iraq)

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