January 10, 2008
Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Special Forces detain suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq IED specialists (Hillah)
Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO
BALAD, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces, advised by U.S. Special Forces, detained two suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq improvised explosive device specialists in separate raids Dec. 28.
The Hillah Special Weapons and Tactics team and U.S. Special Forces detained a suspected AQI terrorist believed to be a primary facilitator of improvised explosive device attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces.
Additionally, the suspected terrorist is thought to have helped foreign fighters enter the country and facilitate suicide bombings in northern Babel province.
He is also believed to be responsible for the murder of numerous Iraqi citizens.
Near the city of Balad, Iraqi Special Operations Forces and U.S. Forces detained a suspected AQI terrorist who specializes in IED construction.
He is also believed to belong to a terror cell that is responsible for IED emplacement and weapons trafficking as well as the intimidation of Iraqi citizens.
No Iraqi or U.S. Forces were injured in these operations.
January 10, 2008
Air strike engages suspected IED emplacers during Operation Phantom Phoenix
Multi-National Division – North PAO
BAQUBA, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed four enemy personnel and wounded three more shortly after an engineer vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during Operation Raider Harvest, which is part of the country-wide Operation Phantom Phoenix, Jan. 8 near Muqdadiyah, Iraq.
Soldiers from the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division were struck by an IED while clearing a route in the Diyala province, a known al-Qaeda in Iraq safe haven. No CF Soldiers were injured in the attack.
An air weapons team operating in the area spotted several armed personnel running from the IED site into a nearby house. An air weapons team engaged the house with a missile, killing four and wounding three others.
Based on the extent of the explosion caused by the missile, military officials assess that the house was being used as an al Qaeda in Iraq safe house and weapons cache.
January 10, 2008
Al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist behind Oct. 11 attacks identified as Mullah Jasim
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces identified a terrorist detained during an operation Dec. 29 as Jasim Mohammed, also known as Mullah Jasim.
Jasim is suspected of coordinating multiple attacks against Coalition forces and Iraqi police, to include a car-bombing attack Oct. 11, which killed 10 Iraqi citizens and two Iraqi police.
Believed to be a terrorist cell leader in Hawija, Jasim is also thought to be a close associate of Abu Harith, the legacy al-Qaeda in Iraq Kirkuk leader who was killed during a Coalition forces operation Nov. 21 (see MNF-I press release A071128a, “UPDATE: Coalition forces positively identify terrorists killed in recent raids,” dated Nov. 28, 2007).
Jasim is suspected of facilitating weapons, providing training, and giving direction on improvised explosive device attacks. Reports indicate he has a history of involvement in interrogation and torture operations, to include association with an Ansar al Sunna training camp in Hawija, which was also used to torture and kill people. Jasim allegedly received funding for operations from Syria, one of his known safe havens.
Intelligence indicates that Jasim is also associated with other al-Qaeda in Iraq and Ansar al Sunna groups that conduct car bombing and suicide attacks against Coalition and Iraqi forces. While supporting criminal operations in the capital city, Jasim allegedly sent three foreign terrorists to the al-Qaeda network leader in Baghdad for use in suicide operations.
Jasim is believed to have numerous contacts within the Iraqi Security Forces that help facilitate his operations by providing him with information on the presence of Coalition forces in an area.
“This was a dangerous terrorist who is off the streets and no longer part of al-Qaeda in Iraq networks,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. “We will continue to relentlessly pursue terrorist leaders who are trying to deny the Iraqi people a future of their choice.”
January 10, 2008
Citizen tip leads Coalition to cache (Baghdad)
4th IBCT PAO, 10th MTN DIV
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
BAGHDAD – Acting on a concerned citizen’s tip, Soldiers from Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, reported finding a weapons cache in the 9 Nissan district of eastern Baghdad while returning from a patrol Jan. 9.
The cache contained copper plating, two explosively formed projectiles, two rocket-propelled grenades, one AK-47 assault rifle, five 105 mm mortar rounds, eight anti-personnel mines, wire and three artillery rounds of undetermined size.
The Soldiers confiscated the cache without suffering any casualties or incurring any damages to equipment.
January 10, 2007
UAV, Apaches tag team to take out IED emplacers (Yusufiyah)
By Maj. Vinston L. Porter Jr., 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT)
Multi-National Division – Center PAO
BAGHDAD – An Apache air weapons team killed four insurgents emplacing an improvised explosive device on a dirt road south of Yusufiyah Jan 6.
An unmanned aerial vehicle initially spotted the individuals emplacing the IED, and then observed them cross a foot bridge and hide in reeds nearby.
The air weapons team from 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, consisting of two AH-64 Apache helicopters, was called in to engage the insurgents. The pilots were able to identify the targets with the help of the unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Apache helicopters fired a Hellfire missile and 30 mm rounds, killing the IED emplacers.
“It’s good to see how my job fits into the larger picture and helps the air assets to successfully take out the target,” said Spc. Matthew Westhoff, from Jacksonville, Fla., mission commander for the UAV, Company B, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
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