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Iraqi, U.S. Security Forces Repulse Insurgent Attacks

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2006 – Iraqi and U.S. security forces repulsed attacks on military bases in Ramadi, Iraq, today about 100 kilometers west of Baghdad, officials reported.

The attacks by insurgents were a combination of small arms and mortar fire, and coincided with the Iraqi government's announcement of results from the first democratic election under the new constitution.

Iraqi soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 1st Public Order Brigade, along with U.S. soldiers and Marines, defeated the attacks within an hour using a combination of small-arms fire, medium and heavy weapons and preplanned aviation assets.

In other action, Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers detained a suspected terrorist after an improvised-explosive-device attack near the northern town of Hawijah yesterday, officials in Tikrit said today. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team were hit by small-arms fire as they were recovering a vehicle damaged by the IED.

The soldiers returned fire, forcing the gunman to flee, but they didn't get far, officials noted. A U.S. patrol en route to the site chased and stopped the suspect's vehicle, in which the soldiers found a sniper rifle and a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher with a warhead. Officials said two soldiers received minor injuries and were treated and returned to duty.

U.S. military officials in Tikrit also reported that Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers detained four terrorists after an IED the men were transporting detonated prematurely. Two Iraqi men, who were transporting a wounded man, flagged down soldiers from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and told the American soldiers about the incident.

The soldiers took the wounded man to a nearby military medical facility and a second patrol was sent to investigate the explosion.

When the patrol arrived at the site they found three other uninjured men, who admitted that they and the wounded man were transporting the IED, officials noted.

In an incident 155 miles north of Baghdad, Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers captured four suspects believed to be involved with an explosion that ripped through the Siniyah city government building the evening of Jan. 19, officials said. The building was reportedly leveled by the blast, but no injuries were reported to coalition forces.

A tip led soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team to two homes in the area, where the men were detained without incident.

In other news, terrorists killed 12 Iraqis in a drive-by shooting and took two others hostage Jan. 18. Elsewhere, U.S. and Iraqi forces captured suspected terrorists in several incidents.

Officials said the terrorists in the drive-by incident fled the scene in three vehicles: a red BMW, a green BMW and a red Mercedes. After Multinational Division Baghdad military police arrived at the scene, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at them from a nearby building. The grenade hit an Iraqi truck that was recovering a damaged vehicle.

Coalition forces returned fire to the building and conducted a cordon-and-search operation. The murder victims and hostages all worked for a national phone company.

Elsewhere, Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers nabbed seven suspected terrorists during a pre-dawn mission east of Haswah, 25 miles south of Baghdad, today, officials said. Soldiers from 4th Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division, cordoned off the area. Their counterparts from 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, rappelled in and detained the suspects, who were trying to flee the area.

Officials in Tikrit also reported that a coalition aircraft killed three terrorists Jan. 17 after observing them emplacing an IED near Tal Afar. Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, along with an explosive ordnance disposal team, safely destroyed the IED, which consisted of two artillery rounds.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Task Force Band of Brothers news releases.)

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