January 12, 2008
Coalition forces targets al-Qaeda networks in Baghdad, Mosul; 15 detained
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists today and Friday during operations targeting al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.
In Baghdad today, Coalition forces captured a suspected terrorist reportedly associated with the facilitation of explosive materials, vehicles and suicide bombers for use in terrorist operations throughout the capital city. The individual is believed to be a direct contact of the suspect detained Jan. 10 for his role in the network and his association with foreign terrorist facilitators, and al-Qaeda in Iraq and Ansar al-Sunna leadership (see MNF-I press release A080111b, “Coalition targets al-Qaeda leadership, media networks; two killed, 11 detained,” dated Jan. 11, 2008).
In addition to the wanted individual, the ground force detained two suspected terrorists on site.
Farther north in Mosul, Coalition forces detained 12 suspected terrorists today and Friday during coordinated operations targeting associates of al-Qaeda in Iraq media cells and senior leaders.
“We know it will continue to be a tough fight against al Qaeda; one that will test the courage and strength of the Iraqi people, the Iraqi forces and the Coalition forces,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. “But amidst this tough fight, we will continue to pursue al Qaeda wherever they attempt to take sanctuary.”
January 12, 2008
Iraqi Soldiers find weapons cache in Saydiyah during Operation Phantom Phoenix
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO
BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Army, working with Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers, found a weapons cache during a combat patrol in southwest Baghdad Jan.8 as part of Operation Phantom Phoenix.
Iraqi Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division located a cache consisting of two 82mm mortars, a SVIP rocket, a 155mm rocket, a mortar tube, hunting rifle, 10-feet of wire and 44 mortars of various sizes, during a patrol in Saydiyah.
The munitions were taken to the unit’s headquarters for disposal.
Earlier that day, Concerned Local Citizens in Doura handed over eight 82mm mortar fuses to Soldiers of Company D 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division attached to Task Force Dragon.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel destroyed the fuses at a Coalition base.
“Finding these munitions takes them out of the hands of those who will try to hurt Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces,” said Maj. Kirk Luedeke, Task Force Dragon spokesman. “The ISF continue to prove they are dedicated to making their country a safe and stable place for its citizens.”
Coalition forces find prison facility, weapons caches in Diyala; 15 detained
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists during a multi-day operation Jan. 7 to 10 to disrupt al-Qaeda in Iraq networks in the Diyala River Valley.
Coalition forces conducted operations in the Sherween Village area targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq networks associated with media and foreign terrorist facilitation networks. Reports indicate the region has become a safe haven for terrorists due to continued pressure from Coalition and Iraqi forces pushing al-Qaeda networks out of central portions of the country and into the Diyala River Valley. Recent operations in the Diyala River Valley have uncovered a significant amount of weapons caches, as well as execution sites, and torture and detention facilities.
With the help of numerous Iraqi local citizens, Coalition forces discovered four weapons caches, a former al-Qaeda in Iraq prison and torture facility, and an improvised explosive device-making facility during the four-day operation. Local Iraqis confirmed the use of the prison facility by al-Qaeda in Iraq, but said it had not been used recently due to the presence of Coalition forces in the region. In addition, Coalition forces also destroyed four buildings that were found rigged with explosives and a river-crossing point that was being used to facilitate the movement of terrorists.
During the four-day operation, Coalition forces also uncovered and eliminated several IEDs on various roadways.
Fifteen suspected terrorists were detained over the four days for possession of weapons, explosive materials, and confessions to being involved in terrorist operations.
“We will continue to dismantle the terrorist networks that threaten the security and safety of all Iraqis,” said Navy Capt. Vic Beck, MNF-I spokesman. “We will not allow al-Qaeda in Iraq and other extremists to take back the hard fought gains that the Iraqi and Coalition forces have made.
January 12, 2008
By Maj. Virginia A. McCabe
1st BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. PAO
Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO
Local Iraqi discovers explosive formed penetrator at major intersection (SUQ ASH SHUYUK)
SUQ ASH SHUYUK, Iraq – A local Iraqi man reported a possible EFP to troops located near a combat outpost at a main highway intersection.
Soldiers from 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, with the help of the local Iraqi, found the device just south of the combat outpost.
The battalion’s recovery security team cordoned the area. The device was confirmed as an EFP with a video recording device located in the surrounding area.
The device consisted of one, 14-inch diameter EFP.
Tips lead to destruction of booby-trapped houses during Operation Phantom Phoenix (Himbus)
Multi-National Division – North PAO
TIKRIT, Iraq – Multi-National Division – North Soldiers destroyed three booby-trapped houses in Himbus Jan. 11 during Operation Raider Harvest, which is part of the countrywide Operation Phantom Phoenix.
Local Iraqis told Soldiers of Company I, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment the location of the buildings being used by al-Qaeda in Iraq.
The Soldiers inspected the buildings and identified them as booby-trapped. Two of the buildings contained explosives and copper wire leading to all the doors. The explosives were arranged to collapse the buildings. The third building was in the process of being prepped as a house-born improvised explosive device. An ordnance explosive team destroyed all three buildings in a controlled detonation.
January 13, 2008
CORRECTED: Coalition forces targets foreign terrorists, propaganda and IED cells; 13 detained
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces detained 13 suspected terrorists Saturday and today during operations targeting al-Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.
During an operation north of Taji Saturday, Coalition forces captured a suspected terrorist believed to be associated with a senior level al-Qaeda in Iraq foreign terrorist facilitator. Reports indicate the suspect was heavily involved in the terrorist network operating that is responsible for the flow of foreign terrorists and the facilitation of money and weapons into Iraq. Additionally, the suspect is alleged to have close ties to the car-bombing network operating in the Karkh area of Baghdad.
The wanted individual identified himself to the ground force and was subsequently detained, along with seven suspected terrorists. During a separate operation nearby, Coalition forces detained one suspected terrorist while targeting an additional associate of the network.
Also Saturday, two suspected terrorists were detained in Baghdad during a Coalition forces operation targeting an alleged al-Qaeda in Iraq senior member of the terrorist media and propaganda network in the city.
In Mosul today, Coalition forces conducted an operation targeting a suspected terrorist who is reportedly in charge of an improvised explosive device cell operating in the Risalah neighborhood. During the operation, the ground force detained two suspected terrorists on site.
“Foreign terrorists who come here with the help of al-Qaeda to commit murderous acts against the Iraqi people have no place in the future of this country,” said Navy Capt. Vic Beck, MNF-I spokesman.