BAGHDAD – Special Iraqi Army Forces captured a suspected death squad leader during operations Dec. 31 in Sadr City.
The Iraqi-led operation, with Coalition advisers, captured the leader of a rogue illegal armed group allegedly perpetrating widespread death squad actions in the Baghdad area. The suspect is directly responsible for inciting the continuing cycle of sectarian violence through the criminal and violent actions he directs.
Credible intelligence indicates the suspect is a primary perpetrator of Baghdad death squad activity; kidnapping, torturing and murdering Iraqi civilians and directing the assassinations of Iraqi police and community leaders. He is allegedly a former, high-ranking illegal armed group leader within Sadr City, and allegedly once controlled the actions of wanted death squad commander Abu Dura. The suspect reportedly directs the emplacement and use of improvised explosive devices aimed at and causing widespread injury and death among Iraqi civilians. He is reportedly involved in the trafficking of specialized IEDs used in illegal armed group attacks against Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition forces. The operation was a major success in Iraqi efforts to combat violent elements that kidnap, murder and continue to undermine Iraqi security. The operation highlights the aggressive pursuit by trained and competent Iraqi Security Forces of all criminals, wherever they are, that terrorize Iraq. The suspects were captured during an early morning raid that occurred without incident and minimal damage. There were no Iraqi civilian, Iraqi forces or Coalition forces casualties.
Hmmm…… a death squad leader in Sadr City. I wonder if a certain Iraqi cleric is feeling a little extra stress these days?