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U.S. troops catch 4 Shiite militiamen in southern Iraq
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18:32, September 11, 2008

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The U.S. military said its troops captured four suspected Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen during operations in southern Iraq's Wasit province on Thursday.

Acting on intelligence reports, the U.S. troops raided the Muwaffaqiyah area, about 200 km southeast of Baghdad, targeting an alleged Special Groups leader there, the military said in a statement.

The suspected leader is believed to be linked to the Special Groups in the area who are responsible for weapons trafficking and conducting attacks against Iraqi forces, the statement said.

The raid which resulted in the capture of the four suspects was carried out without incident, it said.

According to information taken from Special Groups criminals already in custody, the groups receive funding, training, weapons and even direction from the Quds Force, a special unit of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, it added.


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