Thursday, September 13, 2007
Baghdad Soldiers detained an Iraqi Army battalion commander for suspected involvement in criminal militia activities.
Last week, elements from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division moved to the living quarters of an Iraqi Army battalion commander and took him into custody.
He allegedly selected criminal militia members for the Baha al Araji Company and is suspected of ordering an attack on Coalition Forces in April. He is also suspected of involvement in the removal of Sunni families from neighborhoods in western Baghdad.
"This arrest will have two effects. First, it will disrupt the illegal activities of criminal militias in the area, specifically within the Iraqi Army, and second, it will help to restore local trust in the Iraqi Security Forces," said Maj. Guy Wetzel, a brigade staff officer for 2nd BCT, 1st Inf. Div.