Iraqi forces seize 131 suspects in raid.
Iraqi soldiers, backed by US helicopters, are reported to have seized 131 suspects in a dawn raid on insurgents planning attacks on the holy city of Kerbala.
Officials say say those arrested included foreigners using fake Iraqi identification papers.
Three tonnes of TNT explosive, hundreds of rocket-propelled grenade launchers and at least three prepared car bombs were also found.
Kerbala, an important Shi'ite Muslim holy city, has been targeted by militants several times in the past.
Next week the city will draw hundreds of thousands of pilgrims for Arbain, a major mourning ceremony.
Earlier this week Iraqi police commandos said they killed 85 militants in a raid on a suspected insurgent training camp near Baghdad, hailing it as a breakthrough against the insurgency.
The Iraqi's are becoming a potent force fighting terrorists in their country. Far from being the "freedom fighters" the leftists gush about, the insurgents are a collection of foreign jihadis and petty criminals working for hire. Their back is being broken as we speak. Every day the Iraqi police and army become stronger, and every day the insurgency becomes weaker.