Archive for 10 May 2007

MNF-I News

Posted: 10 May 2007 in Politics

May 10, 2007
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Air strike in Sadr City, three secret cell terrorists killed

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed three terrorists and detained four suspected terrorists Thursday morning during raids in Sadr City.

The individuals targeted during the raid are suspected members of a secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training.

Upon arrival at the targeted area, ground forces received small arms fire from two separate buildings. Coalition Forces, using appropriate self-defense measures, returned fire and engaged the armed terrorists.

Despite efforts to subdue the armed terrorists, Coalition Forces continued to receive enemy fire. Using appropriate escalation of force to react to the perceived threat, Coalition Forces called for close air support, killing three armed terrorists.

During the course of the morning’s operations, Coalition Forces targeted a concentration of buildings associated with the terrorist network, detaining four suspected terrorists during the raids. Three Iraqi civilians were also injured during the operation. The three injured individuals received medical attention on scene from Coalition Forces.

Intelligence reports also indicate the secret cell has ties to a kidnapping network that conducts attacks within Iraq.

“Coalition forces strike at the terrorists where they hide, not waiting for them to inflict violence on the Iraqi people,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “The Iraqi people continue to reject the methods of the terrorists and choose instead a stable, peaceful Iraq.”

May 10, 2007
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BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed one terrorist and detained two suspected terrorists during early-morning raids in Anbar Province while targeting a chemical bomb network and smuggling operations.

Building on information from recent operations, Coalition Forces targeted a location north of Karmah that was allegedly part of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device network that uses chlorine in its attacks. As Coalition Forces approached the building, an armed terrorist emerged and engaged ground forces with small arms fire. Coalition Forces used appropriate self-defense measures to react to the hostile threat and killed the armed terrorist.

Coalition Forces set up a cordon around the targeted building and the bomb making material inside were safely destroyed.

In another operation, Coalition Forces detained two individuals for suspected ties to a smuggling activities supporting al-Qaeda in Iraq.

“As long as the al-Qaeda network plans and executes deadly attacks against Iraqis and those trying to protect them, we will seek them out and disrupt their activities,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.

May 9, 2007
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CCCI convicts 33, sentences 1 to death, 1 to life, 6 to 30 years imprisonment

BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) convicted 33 individuals from April 30 – May 5, for violations of the Iraqi Terrorist Law, Penal Code and Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Orders enforced by the Iraqi judiciary.

The trial court sentenced an individual to death April 30 after being found guilty of violating Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law. The individual was captured August 24, 2006 near Ramadi by Multi-National Forces and subsequently admitted to being a foreign fighter from Algeria, belonging to Jaysh Al-Islam, possessing a false identification card and conducting attacks against Coalition forces in Iraq.

The individual admitted to conducting an attack against an American convoy and personally shooting down an American helicopter. He also admitted to participating in an attack against U.S. Marines around Haditha, Iraq, where his group killed seven Marines, and kidnapped a hostage, which was later killed.

The CCCI sentenced another individual to life imprisonment April 30 after being found guilty of violating Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law. The individual admitted he financed a ten-man insurgent group that was responsible for conducting at least six Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks against Multi-National Forces in Iraq. The individual was captured Nov. 17, 2006.

Twenty-one individuals were convicted for violating Coalition Provisional Authority Order 3/2003 – possession of illegal weapons. Six were sentenced to 30 years imprisonment, two were sentenced to 20 years, three to 15 years imprisonment, six to 10 years imprisonment, two to three years imprisonment and two to one year imprisonment with a 50,000 dinar fine.

One individual was sentenced to 15 years for violation of Article 10/1/A of the Iraqi Passport Law. Six individuals were sentenced to one to six years imprisonment for Iraqi Penal Code violations for using or taking advantage of someone’s legal documents, illegal use of documents, and for violating Iraqi Residency laws.

One individual was convicted of violating CPA Order 27/3, illegal weapons possession and was sentenced to two years imprisonment and a 100,000 dinar fine. Two individuals were sentenced to three years imprisonment for violating Article 4/1 of the Iraqi Terrorist Law.

Since its establishment under an amendment to CPA Order 13, in April 2004, the Central Criminal Court has held 2,115 trials for suspected criminals apprehended by Coalition Forces. The Iraqi Court proceedings have resulted in the conviction of 1,821 individuals with sentences ranging from imprisonment to death.

May 9, 2007
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BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces detained 18 suspected terrorists during raids around Iraq Tuesday and Wednesday, targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leaders and their network by exploiting information from previous operations.

Coalition forces detained four suspected terrorists southeast of Taji Wednesday morning for their ties to an alleged senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leader. Intelligence reports indicate the alleged senior leader is an explosives expert and has just been promoted to make up for the degradation of the network after several recent arrests by Coalition forces.

Information gained from successful operations on Apr. 29 led Coalition forces to four individuals north of Karmah, who were detained for their suspected involvement with the al-Qaeda in Iraq command network. In related operations near Baghdad and Ramadi, Coalition forces detained seven more suspected terrorists allegedly tied to the same network.

Coalition forces detained three individuals in Mosul Tuesday afternoon for suspected ties to al-Qaeda senior leadership there.

“We’re continuing to build on our successes to disrupt the al-Qaeda in Iraq network and stop their merciless and murderous attacks against the Iraqi people,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.

This is a man that loved his brothers. There is no other way to say it.

The President of the United States
Takes Pleasure in Presenting
The Distinguished Service Cross


Stephen C. Sanford
Private First Class, U.S. Army
For Services as Set Forth in the Following


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 2d Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, on 19 November 2005, during combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Private Sanford displayed extraordinary courage during the evacuation of casualties from a home in Mosul, Iraq, while under intense enemy fire. Although shot through the leg during his squad’s initial assault attempt, he accompanied his squad during their second assault. Once inside the house, he provided a heavy volume of suppressive fire while the casualties were evacuated. He continued to engage the enemy while escorting the wounded Soldiers from the house. He returned to the house a second time to provide vital covering fire and security for the final withdrawal of the casualties. When the last Soldier leaving the house was shot in the neck, Private Sanford, with complete disregard for his own safety, moved to the Soldier and began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. While attempting to revive the other Soldier, he was shot twice more in the back. Protecting the fallen Soldier, Private Sanford returned fire and killed an insurgent while receiving two more potentially fatal gunshot wounds. He continued to return devastating fire on the enemy while helping his wounded comrade until he was incapacitated by his own loss of blood. Private Sanford’s gallant deed was truly above and beyond the call of duty and is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service, reflecting great credit upon himself, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry, the United States Army, and the United States of America.

New Pentagon Channel ‘Recon’ Shares Stories of Conspicuous Courage

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2007 – It was supposed to be a routine security patrol in Mosul, Iraq, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, 2005. Army Pfc. Stephen Sanford and his fellow soldiers of the Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, planned to arrest suspected insurgents, take them back to the detention center and “relax, stretch out a bit.” Instead, squad members would find themselves in an intense firefight.

“There was just this massive explosion,” Sanford said. “You could see flashes and automatic weapons fire. It was sensory overload. It was incredibly loud. You could smell the gunpowder and the blood and the dust and dirt. My weapon started getting warm because I was firing so much. I mean, I still didn’t know what was going on.”

Meanwhile, nine members of a lead team that had gone inside a home ahead of Sanford were pinned down by enemy fire and trapped inside the kitchen. Sanford’s team evacuated the first unit, but the last soldier out of the house had been shot and lay helpless on the exposed street.


Chairman Presents Awards for Heroism in Iraq

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Feb. 23, 2007 – Marine Gen. Peter Pace presented a Distinguished Service Cross and two Silver Stars here yesterday to three soldiers for heroism displayed in Iraq on Nov. 19, 2005.

Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said it was an emotional moment for him to properly recognize the soldiers’ heroism, and “to say thank you for their incredible valor in the face of a very, very dangerous enemy.”

Pace awarded the Distinguished Service Cross to Army Pvt. Stephen C. Sanford of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, for displaying extraordinary courage during the evacuation of casualties from a home in Mosul while under intense enemy fire, according to Army officials.

Although shot in the leg during his squad’s initial assault attempt, he still accompanied his squad during its second assault. Once inside the house, Sanford provided a heavy volume of suppressive fire while the casualties were evacuated. He continued to engage the enemy while escorting wounded soldiers from the house, according to the award citation.