- Title: IRAQ: HUNDREDS ARRESTED IN BAGHDAD'S SECURITY CRACK-DOWN 'OPERATION LIGHTING'
- Date: 12th June 2005
- Summary: (BN10) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (JUNE 12, 2005)(REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. SLV LINES OF ARRESTED MEN, BLINDFOLDED 0.06 2. SV/MCU OF GROUP, HANDS ON EACH OTHERS SHOULDERS (2 SHOTS) 0.19 3. MCU DETAINEE WITH HEAD BOWED 0.27 4. SV LINE OF MEN STANDING 0.32 5. MCU (Arabic) MAJOR MAJD HUSSEIN, MEMBER OF HUSSEIN BRIGADE SAYING: "We have been chasing terrorists in Baghdad and its outskirts since the start of 'Operation Lightning' which is carried out by the ministries of the Interior and Defence. Al-Hussein forces have arrested more than one hundred people in addition to a number of weapons and ammunition." 0.58 6. SV INSURGENTS BANNER SAYING 'WE SEEK GOD'S BLESSING' 1.03 7. CLOSEUP OF BANNER 1.09 8. SLV/CU OF ARMS CACHE (2 SHOTS) 1.21 9. SLV/CU SOLDIER EXAMINING THE ARMS (2 SHOTS) 1.33 10. SLV/SV OF DETAINEES SHUFFLING AWAY (3 SHOTS) 1.53 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 27th June 2005 13:00
- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA4CAONH725483PSZJY3DDFZX0O
- Story Text: Hundreds arrested in Baghdad's security crack-down
The al-Hussein Brigade, part of the Iraqi
ministry of Interior said on Sunday (June 12) they had
arrested more than one hundred people in 'Operation
Lightning' which Iraqi forces started last month to
crack-down on insurgents in Baghdad and its outskirts.
Major Majd Hussein, of the al-Hussein Brigade said, "We
have been chasing terrorists in Baghdad and its outskirts
since the start of 'Operation Lightning' which is carried
out by the ministries of the Interior and Defence.
Al-Hussein forces have arrested more than one hundred
people in addition to a number of weapons and ammunition."
The Iraqi forces said the arrested people were from a
group calling themselves 'The Path to God' and they were
aides to Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaeda leader in Iraq.
Since the start of Operation Lightning the Iraqi
capital has seen as many as 40,000 troops on the streets.
The operation is the biggest Iraqi-led offensive since
Saddam's ouster two years ago. Before it began, authorities
controlled only eight of Baghdad's 23 entrances. Now all
are under government control.
Earlier, the interior ministry announced the arrest of
a further 216 suspects since Saturday night (June 11),
bringing the total number of those detained since the start
of the operation to over 1,200.
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