BAGHDAD, April 11 (UPI) -- U.S.-backed Iraqi forces rounded up dozens of suspected insurgents in a Baghdad suburb Monday, military officials reported.
The U.S. Army said the 500-strong Iraqi force conducted house-to-house searches and raids in al-Rachid, "rounding up dozens of people suspected of links and involvement in violence."
Also Monday, the police chief in the Shiite religious center of Najaf, Brig. Gen. Ghaleb Jazairi, said police arrested 10 Iraqis, Saudis and Sudanese suspected of terrorism.
"Police also confiscated communication equipment, which the suspects used to feed terrorists with information to help them plan terrorist attacks in the area," Jazairi said.
Najaf, home of the Imam Ali Mausoleum, the Shiite's holiest shrine, is under tight security to ensure the safety of pilgrims.