Iraq - Operation Lightning

Iraqi numbers suggest initial success in anti-insurgency campaign

As the Iraqi-led anti-insurgent Operation Lightning enters its fourth day in and around Baghdad, a partial picture of the results is starting to emerge. The Associated Press has obtained Iraqi summaries of the operation from a U-S military source.

The documents say more than 700 hundred arrests have been made, most of them last week before the operation was officially announced.  Iraqi Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior numbers break the arrests down this way: 627 "suspected terrorists," eleven "suspected foreign fighters," and 82 others who are classified as "wanted by judicial authorities."

The documents also report the seizure of scores of explosives.

The summaries say at least two car bomb attacks have been foiled and more than more 860 false documents have been confiscated along with Syrian currency and fake military uniforms.