More news from Iraq:
April 11, 2007
COALITION FORCES CAPTURE AL QAEDA IN IRAQ SECURITY EMIR OF ARAB JABOUR
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces captured five suspected terrorists including the suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq security emir of Arab Jabour during an operation Wednesday morning.
Intelligence reports indicate that the security emir is suspected of involvement in planning attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces in the Arab Jabour area.
Coalition Forces found several small arms at the targeted area and these weapons were destroyed to prevent future use by terrorists.
Apr. 11, 2007
FIVE-DAY OPERATION RESULTS IN ONE TERRORIST KILLED, 13 SUSPECTS DETAINED; WEAPONS CACHES DESTROYED
BAGHDAD, Iraq – During a recent five-day operation in Arab Jabour which wrapped up Tuesday morning, Coalition Forces killed one terrorist, detained 13 others and destroyed several weapons caches.
Included in the weapons caches found, Coalition Forces discovered numerous rocket-propelled grenades and launchers, several improvised explosive devices, thousands of anti-aircraft ammunition rounds and three buildings containing large amounts of IED-making materials. The weapons caches were destroyed on site to prevent future use by terrorists.
No civilians were injured during the five-day operation.
“Coalition Forces continue to take apart the al-Qaeda network inside Iraq. This operation is a concerted effort to reduce this VBIED terrorist network’s ability to operate,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.
April 11, 2007
RELEASE No. 20070411-11
MND-B patrol attacked in southern Baghdad
BAGHDAD – One MND-B Soldier died and another was wounded after their unit came under attack in the southern portion of the Iraqi capital April 10.
Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers are assisting Iraqi security forces to establish conditions for a stable and self-reliant Iraq through on-going security in the capital.
Soldiers from this unit recently conducted combined targeted raids in this area in an effort to degrade insurgent and militia activities. This joint effort resulted in the discovery of weapons caches, including improvised explosive device-making materials, 68 mortars, 29 RPGs, 20 rockets and 17 AK-47 assault rifles.
The deceased Soldier’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
April 11, 2007
RELEASE No. 20070411-17
Iraqi Security Forces conduct cordon and search in Diwaniyah
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
4th BCT (Airborne), 25th Inf. Div. Public Affairs
KALSU, Iraq – Iraqi security forces conducted a cordon and search against suspected insurgents in Diwaniyah April 11.
This search was an intelligence-driven, precision operation searching for a known terrorist believed to be in an office belonging to the Organization of the Martyr Sadr.
Coalition force soldiers provided security outside the office as Iraqi troops entered the office and began their search for the terrorist suspect and weapons.
Once inside, the Iraqi troops found hand grenades, multiple identification cards, improvised explosive device-making materials, anti-government propaganda, photos of wounded soldiers and battle-damaged vehicles, and a low-power transmitting station.
In accordance with the Iraqi Prime Minister’s directive given in a recent speech, any buildings, including those used by political parties, that are being used for criminal or illegal purposes may be entered and searched.
In addition, when these sites are used for criminal or terrorist activities, they lose any protective they may have under international law.
April 12, 2007
RELEASE No. 20070412-03
Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police, Coalition force members deny enemy territory in Buhriz
Multi-National Division – North PAO
BAQUBAH, Iraq – Iraqi Army, Police and Coalition force members began continuous combat operations in southern Buhriz, a suburb of Baqubah, Iraq, Tuesday, to deny enemy safe havens and clear the area of Al Qaeda and other terrorist organization activities, creating a stable and secure environment for the people of the region.
“Enabling the Iraqi Security Forces in their pursuit to rid the province of terrorists by conducting offensive operations inside the neighborhoods will secure the population and deteriorate the resolve of the enemy,” said Col. David W. Sutherland, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division commander. “The ISF is doing this in coordination with the government of Diyala as they increase services throughout the neighborhoods.
“The people want peace, prosperity, services and human rights, and ISF understands the need to destroy the terrorists to achieve these needs,” Sutherland said.
During the first day of operations, Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army and the IP Emergency Reaction Force, partnered with the Coalition force from the 5th Stryker Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, attached to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, discovered more than five weapons caches, a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device and eight IEDs.
The caches included several small-arms munitions, IED-making materials such as detonation cord, batteries and explosives; mortar rounds, mortar initiators and rocket-propelled grenade munitions.
Wednesday, the Soldiers discovered a cache containing a mortar tube, more than 50 RPG munitions and cases of small-arms ammunition.
A Coalition force explosive ordnance disposal unit was on site to conduct controlled detonations of the caches and the discovered IEDs.
The operation also resulted in the detention of five suspected terrorists, four of whom were associated with a cache and set up an enemy observation post.
The detainees were transferred to a detention facility for further questioning.
According to the unit, people throughout Buhriz were very receptive of the ISF and Coalition presence, and were happy to learn about the future Iraqi police station.
“The people have asked for the extraction of the violent, controlling, and hate-filled terrorists that have been controlling their lives and offering them no help or hope for the future of their children or families,” Sutherland said. “The people understand that the terrorists are trying to become the new dictators of their future and they have had their fill of dictators.”
Apr. 12, 2007
TWO TERRORISTS KILLED, 17 SUSPECTS DETAINED IN RAIDS
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed two terrorist and detained 17 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq Thursday morning.
South of Haditha, Coalition Forces killed two terrorists and detained four others while targeting an al-Qaeda in Iraq cell. During the operation, ground forces encountered two armed terrorists when they entered a targeted building. Self defense measures were used to eliminate the threat.
During operations northwest of Karmah, Coalition Forces captured four suspected terrorists with alleged involvement in vehicle-borne improvised explosive device operations.
Also, during several operations overnight in Baghdad, Coalition Forces captured nine suspected terrorists with alleged ties to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
“Coalition Forces will continue deliberate and methodical operations in order to hunt down and capture or kill terrorists trying to prevent a peaceful and stable Iraq,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.
April 13, 2007
COALITION FORCES CAPTURE 14 SUSPECTS IN EARLY-MORNING RAIDS
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces captured 14 suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorists during operations early Friday morning.
During an operation in Karmah, Coalition Forces captured six men with suspected involvement in recent vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks and anti-Iraqi and Coalition Forces operations.
In Mosul, five suspected terrorists were captured with suspected links to recent VBIED attacks against Coalition Forces.
A raid east of Amiriyah resulted in the capture of one suspected terrorist with known involvement in al-Qaeda senior leader transportation operations.
In Baghdad, Coalition Forces captured two suspected foreign fighter facilitators.
“Coalition Forces continue to target terrorists regardless of where they may hide or operate,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “They will be identified, captured and prosecuted for their crimes.”