Baghdad, 30 March (AKI) – The Iraqi authorities have arrested a man they believe to be a major trafficker in arms, particularly bombs, coming from Iran, a US spokesman in Baghdad said on Friday. The man, whose identity has not been released, was arrested in the mainly Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in the capital. He is accused of being a middle man between groups of Iraqi insurgents and the al-Quds battalion of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
No arms were found in the house of the 58 year father of six, but police found large sums of cash, various laptop computers and two satellite phones.
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Earlier this month, special Iraqi army units captured an alleged weapons smuggler during operations with coalition forces in the southern city of Basra. The suspect reportedly funneled weapons and improvised explosive devices for use in attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces.
Multi-National Force Iraq website has more on the arrest of the major arms trafficker:
The suspect is believed to be involved with several violent extremist groups responsible for attacks against the Iraqi people and Coalition Forces and facilitating the movement of EFPs into Iraq.
“Iraqi and Coalition Forces are continually working to degrade extremist operations which are unrelenting against the innocent Iraqi people and the government of Iraq,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.