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Coalition Forces in Iraq Detain 2 Suspected Weapons Smugglers


Coalition forces in Iraq have detained two suspected weapons smugglers the U.S. military says may have ties to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Qods force.

The military issued a statement saying the suspects and weapons were seized during a raid on a rural farm compound in eastern Iraq.

The military statement says the suspects may be linked to a network that has been smuggling Explosively Formed Projectiles (EFP's) and other weapons, personnel and money from Iran into Iraq.

Earlier Sunday Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged parliament to cancel or shorten its August summer break to pass laws he considers crucial to Iraq's stability.

Parliament was scheduled to adjourn for all of August, but American officials have been pressing Mr. Maliki and parliament to pass laws aimed at curbing sectarian violence and healing divisions between majority Shi'ite Arabs, minority Sunni Arabs and Kurds.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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