Thorough arrest operations started in Iraq after the release of Romanian journalists Marie-Jeanne Ion, Sorin Miscoci and Ovidiu Ohanesian and after their "guide" Mohammad Munaf was retained. On Saturday Baghdad sources announced that dozens Iraqis suspected of terrorism had already been arrested. 40 of them are said to have been directly involved in operations to kidnap Romanian journalists or they were kidnappers' relatives. Such fact was the last huge pressure on the group in control of the Romanian journalists, claim TVR (the Romanian Public Television Channel) sources.
Action started on Thursday
Action started on Thursday. It was the day when the Romanian President was warning us that anything could happen, even execution. But action continued on Friday and in Soueira, 50 kilometers south from Baghdad. Polish and Iraqi forces took action and arrested 184 people suspected of terrorism. Iraqi government announced more that last Tuesday more 100 people suspected of terrorist attacks had been retained in Charqat, 300 kilometers north from Baghdad.
The unprecedented operation continued on Sunday and Monday. In Baghdad they arrested more 285 people suspected of membership in Iraqi insurgent groups. It was common Iraqi-American action, announced the US Army, quoted by AMF and Mediafax.
After operations started on Sunday in Abu Ghraib, 30 kilometers West from Baghdad, "the coalition forces in collaboration with the Iraqi army and Internal Affairs Ministry forces retained 285 people suspected of terrorism".
Sources from the Iraqi Defense Ministry stated that all suspects arrested during operations are Iraqis. The target operation was "to watch, kill or seize terrorists who planned attacks in the Iraqi capital". The information was provided by press release from the US Army. " (D.E.)