March 18, 2006 - Posted at 9:10 p.m. CST
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ American and Iraqi troops continue to round
up suspected insurgents during Operation Swarmer.
It's the third day of the sweep through a 100-square-mile Sunni
-dominated area northeast of Samarra.
Troops rounded up dozens more suspected insurgents today,
including the alleged killers of an Iraqi television journalist.
So far, Iraqi soldiers and units of the 101st Airborne Division
have detained about 80 suspected insurgents. Seventeen have been
The security net thrown down by Swarmer has angered residents of
the area. One leader calls it a needless ``escalation'' at a time
of difficult negotiations over forming a unity government.
In Baghdad, meanwhile, a dozen more bodies have been found.
Also, police there say they have captured a Sunni extremist who
confessed to leading a gang that killed hundreds of Shiites
in recent months.