BAGHDAD, Aug 9 (KUNA) -- Two members of Al-Qaeda terrorist organization were killed and three others were wounded when US forces raided a meeting they were holding in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, said the forces in a statement on Saturday.
The US troops spotted a meeting of Al-Qaeda members during their military operation in the past 24-hours near Diyal's Al-Miqdadiyah town, which is currently witnessing "Bashayer Al-Khair" military operations, the statement added.
Iraqi security forces announced the start of "Bashayer Al-Khair" military operation, through which Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki vowed to hunt Al-Qaeda elements in the province which was once a stronghold of the so-called "Islamic State of Iraq" militant group.
The US forces clashes with Al-Qaeda elements, who managed to flee from the site of the meeting. Three others members of Al-Qaeda were detained by the US soldiers in Diyala; one was accused of training terrorists and being involved in document forgery that enabled Al-Qaeda members to escape from security operations hunts.
The US troops also captured over 19 suspected terrorist in Qarah Tappah area, Ninevah. (end) ahh.sab KUNA 091322 Aug 08NNNN