The US army has detained 81 people in a series of Baghdad raids targetting foreign fighters and Islamic extremists in the past 48 hours, including one high on its wanted list, a general said. Major General Martin Dempsey said his First Armored Division had detained the suspects following the launch Wednesday morning of Operation Iron Promise aimed tracking down those responsible for a wave of deadly bombings. Sixteen of those detained were wanted for alleged links with religious extremists or international terror groups, he told reporters. “The most significant capture was one individual who absolutely had a linkage between one of those international terrorist organizations and extremist religious organizations that operate inside Baghdad,” he said, but declined to give the suspect’s identity or any other details of his capture. Full Story
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