ONE TERRORIST KILLED; FOUR SUSPECTS DETAINED
April 1, 2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq –Coalition forces killed one terrorist and captured four suspected terrorists during operations Sunday targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq and foreign fighter facilitators.
While conducting an operation near the Syrian border, Coalition forces killed one armed terrorist and captured two suspected terrorists with alleged ties to an al-Qaeda foreign fighter facilitation network.
In Baghdad, two more foreign fighter facilitation network suspects were detained.
Two suspected terrorists detained in Sadr city raid
April 1, 2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi forces along with their Coalition advisors detained two suspected terrorists Saturday evening during a raid in Sadr City targeting anti-Iraqi forces.
As ground forces approached the targeted area, they began receiving enemy fire. Ground forces called for air support and Coalition aircraft delivered munitions, suppressing the enemy fire.
No one was wounded during the raid. One building received minor damage during the air strike.
“Coalition forces take exhaustive precautions to mitigate damage to Iraqi property while in pursuit of terrorists,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesman.
Iraqi Security Forces, Cavalry discover extremist training camp
April 2, 2007
ZAGANIYAH, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces from the 5th Iraqi Army Division, working with
Coalition force members, discovered a terrorist training camp in Zaganiyah, Iraq, while
conducting clearing operations in the Diyala River Valley palm groves Thursday.
Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 5th IA and Company B, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry
Regiment, attached to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, discovered a
fortified underground bunker with three exit points, four prepared fighting positions and
a training camp building.
While clearing the area, the Soldiers unearthed five weapons caches consisting
of more than 100 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, more than five RPG launchers,
approximately 70 mortar rounds, bomb-making materials, home made explosives and
terrorist planning and training materials.
“The terrorists from Al Qaeda have no place to hide. Their safe havens do not
exist and their training camps are being destroyed,” said Col. David W. Sutherland, 3-1
Cav. commander. “We will continue to attack these organizations and bring the
perpetrators of violence to justice in order to secure the population.”
“The people in Diyala are disgusted and disillusioned by the fact the terrorists
have nothing to offer but destruction through actions like this and they are gaining
confidence in their ISF,” he added.
Iraqi Police find, secure cache in Hillah
April 2, 2007
FORWARD OPERATING BASE Kalsu, Iraq – Iraqi Police uncovered a weapons cache of mortars and munitions south of Baghdad April 1.
Military Transition Team members from 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division received a report from the Babil Provincial Joint Coordination Center that Iraqi Police found two 60mm mortars, 10 60mm mortar rounds and one set of night vision goggles in Hillah, Iraq.
Phone tip leads Coalition force members to rescue kidnapped victims
April 2, 2007
BAGHDAD — Coalition force members rescued two male Iraqi citizens who were kidnapped at a checkpoint March 31. The two men were traveling on a motor scooter when they were stopped by two men dressed as Iraqi Army Soldiers, who detained them and made a cell phone call.
A short time later, eight men, suspected of being militia members, showed up at the checkpoint. They beat the two men while the alleged Iraqi Army troops watched. The two victims where then shoved into vehicles and taken to a house where the beatings continued.
A phone tip to a hotline run by 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, spurred a series of events that eventually led to the rescue of the two men. The tip led coalition troops to the vicinity of the house where an immediate house-to-house search began.
The two kidnapped men were found in what appeared to be a torture house, still bound and badly beaten. The victims were taken by Coalition force members to a nearby base and given immediate medical treatment. The kidnapped victims are attempting to identify the men dressed in Iraqi Army uniforms.
Also found at the house were two 107mm rocket rounds, two sets of body armor, five sets of handcuffs, a makeshift mortar tube and one rocket-propelled grenade round.
The identity of the men dressed in Iraqi Army uniforms is unknown. An investigation is underway to determine if they were actually Iraqi Army Soldiers.
AIR STRIKE DESTROYS EXPLOSIVES FACTORIES IN ARAB JABOUR
April 2, 2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A Coalition Forces air strike destroyed two buildings housing large caches of explosives materials in Arab Jabour Monday afternoon.
While searching the targeted building, ground forces discovered large amounts of chemicals and improvised explosive device-making materials.
Coalition Forces called in for air support to destroy the buildings to prevent the material from being used against Iraqi citizens, Iraqi military and Coalition Forces in the future.
“No civilians were hurt during the demolition of these buildings,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “A careful analysis was conducted prior to the strike, and every possible precaution to avoid unnecessary collateral damage was taken.”
SIX TERRORISTS KILLED, 10 SUSPECTS DETAINED
April 2, 2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed six terrorists and detained 10 suspects Sunday afternoon and Monday during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq couriers and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices cells.
Monday, ground forces killed six terrorists in Mosul tied to VBIED attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces. During the operation, ground forces entered the first of two targeted buildings and engaged three hostile men including one armed with a pistol. As one of the men charged at Coalition Forces, self-defense measures were used killing the three terrorists.
While approaching the second building, Coalition Forces began receiving enemy fire. Coalition Forces returned fire, killing three more terrorists.
In Baghdad, three suspects were detained with alleged ties to al-Qaeda courier operations and three more were detained for alleged involvement with VBIED emplacement operations.
On Sunday, Coalition Forces captured a suspected senior-level al-Qaeda in Iraq courier and an associate in an operation north of Karmah.
Also on Sunday, Coalition Forces captured two suspected terrorists southeast of Mosul who are allegedly involved in VBIED and rocket attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces.
“These operations demonstrate that the Coalition continues to whittle away at the Al Qaeda in Iraq network,” said Multi-National Force – Iraq spokesperson, Lt. Col. Christopher Garver. “Al Qaeda continues to demonstrate they are only interested in murder and destruction and are not interested in the peaceful future of a united Iraq. Eliminating the threat of Al Qaeda will make Iraq safer for all Iraqis.”